Thomas R. Kelly, 85, Won Distinguished Flying Cross
Thomas R. “Russ” Kelly, 85, a U.S. Marine veteran who was decorated for valor while serving during the Korean War, died Aug. 22, 2005 at his home in North Riverside.
Mr. Kelly grew up in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and attended St. Ignatius College Prep, where he excelled in both baseball and football. After high school, he attended Loyola University in Chicago.
At the age of 21, he joined the U.S. Navy and was later assigned to the Marines, where he was a fighter-bomber pilot during World War II. During the Korean War he was recalled to duty and piloted a jet fighter during that conflict.
He won the Air Medal for his distinguished service, and in 1953 was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross “for heroism and extraordinary meritorious achievement” as a pilot with the Able Eagles squadron during air operations over Korea.
“He never talked about it,” said his brother, Robert, who added he found the citation, signed by Lemuel C. Shepherd, the commandant of the Marine Corps, tucked inside his brother’s military jacket.
After serving in the military, Mr. Kelly moved to North Riverside and was employed by International Harvester as a traffic director. He was a member of the Mater Christi Holy Name Society, Amvets-Knusman Post, the St. Ignatius College Prep Alumni Association and was also a volunteer at Hines V.A. Hospital.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his brother, Robert Q. (the late Elizabeth) Kelly of Omaha, Neb., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward and LeRoy Kelly.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 26 at Mater Christi Church in North Riverside, followed by interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Kuratko Funeral Home, North Riverside, handled arrangements.
Anne H. McCale, 89, Brookfield homemaker
Anne H. McCale (nee Sulka), a former resident of West Virginia, died Sept. 1, 2005 at her Brookfield home at the age of 89.
Born on Nov. 1, 1915 in Chicago to Steve and Mary Sulka, Ms. McCale was one of eight children in the family. She married Claude McCale and raised three children. Mr. McCale preceded his wife, an avid gardener, in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary (Joseph) Abbati; her sons, Claude (Teresa) McCale and James McCale; her grandchildren, Kimberly Crowley, Joseph Scott Abbati, Claude Andrew McCale and Kaitlyn McCale; her step-grandchild, Courtnee; her great grandchildren, Ian Michael Crowley and Rainy Crowley; her step-great grandchildren, Tosha and Stereling; her sisters, Nellie (the late Frank) Kocanda, Josephine (the late Eugene) Olsowka and Mary (the late Ted) Brzezicki; and her brother, Charles (Jane) Sulka.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brothers, Joseph Sulka, Steve Sulka and John (Lorraine) Sulka.
A funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Paul Zemczak, will held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield.