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OBITUARIES:  (published Nov. 22, 2018)

Rody Patterson Biggert
Rody Patterson Biggert, 82, a longtime Hinsdale resident, died Nov. 15, 2018. 
   Rody was born in 1936 in Gary, Ind., and moved to Chicago and then Hinsdale, where he attended Monroe School and Hinsdale Township High School. He graduated from Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in 1954. He received his bachelor’s in economics from Amherst College in 1958, where he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. Following service in the U.S. Army, Rody graduated from Northwestern Law School in Evanston in 1963 where he met his wife Judy, who went on to serve on the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board (1976-85), in the Illinois General Assembly (1992–98) and in the U.S. House of Representatives (1999-2012).  
   In 1963, Rody joined the Chicago-based law firm of Seyfarth, Shaw, where he enjoyed a 38-year successful career practicing labor and employment law.  His major clients included General Cable Corp., Jos Schlitz Brewing Co., Wagner Castings Co., Heil Quaker Co., Acme Steel Co. and Interlake Iron Co. Upon retirement in 2001, Rody founded Human Resources Advocates LLC to help clients navigate employment and legal issues. For the past 20 years, Rody also served as an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, negotiating settlements among litigants in financial disputes.
   Rody was very supportive of his community, serving on the Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals and the College of DuPage Foundation. He was an active member at Hinsdale Golf Club, University Club of Chicago and the Chicago Investors Society.
Rody was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing tennis and squash and skiing. He loved sailing and took the family on several bareboat charter cruises in the Caribbean.
   His family provided unending love and support to Rody during his battle with leukemia.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith “Judy” Borg Biggert; his daughters, Courtney (Marty) Caverly, Alison (Chris) Cabot and Adrienne (Jarrett) Morrell; his son, Rody; his nine grandchildren, Martin “Bray,” Gillian and Grant Caverly, John Henry, Matthew and Ethan Cabot and Greer, Charlotte and William “Anders” Morrell.
   A funeral service will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St., Hinsdale.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.

Norris Jerome Kjos
Norris Jerome Kjos, 84, of Hinsdale, formerly of Geneva and St. Charles, passed away on Nov. 17, 2018.
   Known as Jerry by friends and family, he was born in 1934 in New London, Conn., to Norris and Clara Kjos. He grew up in Michigan and attended Edwin Denby High School.    After graduation, Jerry enlisted in the military for two years and proudly served in the army as a Nike missile operator during the Korean War. He then attended Olivet College in Michigan, graduating with a degree in economics and went on to earn an MBA at Wayne State University.
   Jerry’s career spanned 40 years with privately and publicly owned companies. He also developed his own consulting business which he successfully ran until retirement. Jerry had many interests, including reading, hunting, travel, gold and tennis. However, he always said his greatest achievement was his beautiful family.
   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth; his daughters, Kari (Ted) Snodgrass and Kristen (Earl) Counter; his five grandchildren, Max, Sam and Claire Snodgrass and Nicole and Frances Counter.
   A private family service was held at Christ Church of Oak Brook.
Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Florence Margaret Vornsand
Florence Margaret Vornsand, 102, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Nov. 17, 2018, at her home in Paw Paw, Mich.
   She was born in Glen Ellyn in 1916 to Alfred John and Florence Louise (Carlson) Vornsand.
Florence lived in Hinsdale for many years. She worked for Judge Hooper in Downers Grove as a legal secretary for most of her career. She was a world traveler and gourmet cook, who also enjoyed sewing and knitting projects. Florence cherished time with her family, especially at her summer home at Lake Cora in Paw Paw. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Hinsdale.
   She was preceded in death by her three sisters, Ruth Douglas, Druscilla Greene and Alice Jane Vornsand; and her brother, Allen Vornsand.
   Florence is survived by her brother, William A. Vornsand; and 11 nieces and nephews.
   Services will be private.
   Adams Funeral Home in Paw Paw handled the arrangements.
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Mary E. Wood
Mary E. Wood, 95, of Hinsdale passed away peacefully at home Nov. 10, 2018.
Mary was born in 1923 to Antonietto (aka Henrietta) and Gaetano Mangini in Staten Island, N.Y., and was the second oldest of seven siblings.
   Mary grew up in Staten Island and graduated from the Brooklyn Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in May 1945. She also studied at Columbia and New York universities and was a member of the American Nursing Association. She held nursing positions at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
   Mary moved to Chicago in 1951 to be married to her greatest love, Walter S. Wood, M.D., on March 28, 1952. While in Chicago, she worked as head nurse at Cook County Hospital.       After living in Chicago and Wilmette, Walter, Mary and family settled in Hinsdale in 1965.
Mary volunteered on many boards and auxiliaries over three decades, including the Women’s Auxiliary of Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine, where she served as president in 1979. She served on the board and was awarded for her outstanding service in 1979 from    Family Services of DuPage County. Her passion for opera, which she shared with her husband, led her to serve as co-president of the Hinsdale Chapter of the Lyric Opera from 1997-99. Her self-proclaimed greatest professional accomplishment was working alongside her husband at the Southwest Suburban Center on Aging for more than 20 years.
   Mary was a member of The Union Church of Hinsdale, where she served on various boards and taught Sunday school throughout her 50+ years as a member. Along with her dedication to her nursing career and volunteer work, Mary enjoyed spending time with family and friends.       She loved music, especially opera and the symphony.
   She was a devoted Christian and went to Union Church every Sunday, including the Sunday before she passed away.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter S. Wood, M.D.
   She is survived by her daughter Judith (John) Huff; her son, Wallace; her daughter, Edith Granat; her grandsons Walter, Justin and Chase; her great-granddaughter, Olivia; her brothers, Albert (Judy) Mangini, and Bill (Barbara) Mangini; her brother-in-law, Ronald Emde; and many extended family members.
   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521.


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