Theodore Palucki, 83, Sheet metal worker
Theodore Palucki, 83, died Aug. 1, 2005 at his Riverside home.
Mr. Palucki was born on Oct. 28, 1921 in Chicago to Albert and Anna (nee Jelsky) Palucki. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, and was married to Mary (nee Pluth) who survives her husband.
Before his retirement, Mr. Palucki was a sheet metal worker and a member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association.
He is also survived by his daughters, Teddie (Mike) Torney and Debbie Palucki of River Grove; his sons, Michael (Margie) Palucki and Jeffrey Palucki; his grandchildren, Brian and Marc Torney; his sisters, Irene Pavlik and Mary Franta; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Carl Sr. and John Palucki; and his sister, Helen Prasil.
A funeral service was held Aug. 5 at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park.
Memorial contributions were appreciated to Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center, 9649 W. 55th St., Countryside, Ill. 60525 or the Seguin Retarded Citizens Association, 6223 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, Ill. 60402.
Richard G. Reichle Sr., 92, President of Wilbert Burial Vaults Richard G. Reichle Sr., 92, a former resident of Riverside who founded the Wilbert Burial Vault company, died Aug. 7, 2005 at his home in Cincinnati.
Mr. Reichle was born in Cincinnati on July 11, 1913 to Charles A. and Matilda Reichle. He was on the faculty of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, where he specialized in restorative art from 1940-45.
He was president of the American Wilbert Vault Corp. from 1945-75 after establishing a lifelong relationship with the late Wilbert W. Haase of Forest Park, and founded the franchise system that currently has over 300 independently owned and operated licenses and sublicenses throughout the United States and Canada.
He formerly lived in Riverside with his late wife, Catherine (nee Schulte), to whom he was married for 49 years. He retired to Naples, Fla. in the late 1960s and continued to commute to Chicago until his formal retirement in August 1975.
Mr. Reichle is survived by his wife, Phyllis J. Reichle of Cincinnati; his sons, Gregory C. (Shelly) Reichle of Riverside and Richard G. (Mary) Reichle Jr.; his grandchildren, Suzanne Lucot, Michael Reichle, David Reichle and James Reichle; and his great grandchildren, Nicholas and Tara Lucot.
Visitation will be at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield on Aug. 12 from 2 to 9 p.m. and on Aug. 13 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. A funeral Mass, officiated by Bishop Timothy J. Lyne, will be celebrated Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 126 Herrick Road in Riverside, followed by interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Memorial contributions are appreciated to St. Gertrude Church, 7630 Shawnee Run Road, Madeira, Ohio 45243.
Lillian Zamecnik, 82, North Riverside homemaker
Lillian Zamecnik (nee Karnik), a North Riverside resident, died Aug. 5, 2005 at Foster G. McGaw Hospital on the campus of Loyola University Center in Maywood. She was 82.
Ms. Zamecnik was born July 18, 1923 in Chicago to Elmer and Marie Karnik. She was married to Elmer Zamecnik, and the couple raised two children. Mr. Zamecnik preceded his wife in death.
She is survived by her sons, Christopher Zamecnik and Carl L. (Linda) Zamecnik; and her grandchildren, Michael C. and Heidi K. Zamecnik. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Laddie Karnik.
Visitation will be at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, on Aug. 12 from 3 to 9 p.m. and on Aug. 13 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. on Aug. 13, followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park.