Helen M. Corbo, 79, Co-owner of Danny’s Pizza
Longtime Riverside resident Helen M. Corbo, 79, died March 26, 2006 at Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park.

Prior to her years in Riverside, Ms. Corbo lived in both Brookfield (from 1955-71) and LaGrange Park (1971-78). She was an employee of United Airlines for 15 years, but was best known locally as co-owner, along with her husband Daniel R. Corbo, of Danny’s Pizza in Brookfield. She worked at the pizzeria for 22 years.

Since 1978, the couple resided in Riverside. Ms. Corbo was an avid reader and was also a crossword puzzle and jigsaw puzzle enthusiast. She also enjoyed sewing and creating original fashions.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel R. Corbo; her sons, George Beheba and Steve (Cindy) Beheba; her daughters, Carmella (Peter) Fauber, Dana Corbo and Denise (Greg Schalter) Jennings-Schaffer; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 3845-47 Prairie Ave., Brookfield, with a memorial service at 5 p.m.

Jean M. Knodell, 71, Brookfield homemaker
Jean M. Knodell, 71, a resident of Brookfield for nearly 50 years, died March 16, 2006 at her home.

Ms. Knodell was an avid sailboater, who was a member of the DuPage Power Squadron, an organization for sailing enthusiasts. She was also a member of the Brookfield Kiwanis Club and was a Democratic Party precinct captain. She also enjoyed reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Knodell, who died Feb. 21, 1999. She is survived by her sons, James (Joyce) Knodell and Richard (Tamara) Knodell; her daughter, Sandra (Gary) Waters; her brother, Elmer Klean; and her sisters, Rosemary Wiggins and Delores Gilbride.

A funeral service was held March 20 at Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield, which handled arrangements. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park.

Memorial contributions were appreciated to the ALS Foundation, 3325 W. Main St., Skokie, Ill. 60076.

Richard E. Mesker, 66, Logistics manager for ADM
Brookfield resident Richard E. Mesker, 66, died March 21, 2006 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Raised in Berwyn, Mr. Mesker attended Irving Elementary School in that city and graduated from Morton High School in Cicero in 1958. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1962.

He married Lauren J. Lichamer on May 24, 1969 at the Brookfield United Methodist Church, and the couple settled in Brookfield that year.

For 15 years, Mr. Mesker worked as logistics manager at ADM Corn Sweeteners in River Forest, retiring in 1991. He was an avid Chicago White Sox fan who enjoyed stamp collecting and was interested in railroading.

He is survived by his wife, Lauren J. Mesker; his daughter, Kelly Mesker; his son, Scott (Amy) Mesker; his brothers, Thomas and Kenneth Mesker; and his grandchildren, Bailey and Lily.

A funeral service was held March 25 at Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield, which handled arrangements. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park.

Memorial contributions were appreciated to the MS Society of Greater Chicago, 910 W. Van Buren St., Chicago, Ill. 60607.

Joseph G. Pettrone, 73, Barber
Joseph G. Pettrone, a Brookfield resident who owned Joe’s Barber Shop in Clarendon Hills for 40 years, died at his home on March 27, 2006 at the age of 73.

Born March 15, 1933 to Joseph C. and Margarita (nee Del Vechio) Pettrone in Brookfield, he was married to Sherry L. Pettrone, who preceded her husband in death.

Mr. Pettrone is survived by his daughters, Lisa Pettrone and Tina (Donald) Riedl; his son, Joseph C. (Colleen) Pettrone of LaGrange; his grandchildren, Jonathan, Joey, Riley, Matthew and Kelsey; his sister, Virginia (Bill) Kallal; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Sam (Patricia) Pettrone; and his sister, Mary (the late John) Grahovac.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 29 from 2 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, March 30 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Louise de Marillac Church in LaGrange Park, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.