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Anthony Bednarz, 80
The Riverside native followed in his father’s footsteps to become a Riverside firefighter, serving the village in that capacity for 45 years, 30 of them as fire chief, before taking the job as fire chief in Western Springs in 2006, serving there until his retirement 2012. May 21.

Chris Borzym, 64
Beloved as the cheerleading coach at Riverside-Brookfield High School for 17 years, Borzym would become just as beloved as the owner of Christopher Mark Fine Flowers in downtown Brookfield. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020, he battled valiantly to the end and was crowned champion of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Dancing with the Chamber event this past October. Dec. 3.

Richard Buresh, 76
The Brookfield native cut his teeth in the restaurant business as a young man working in his father’s 31st Street eatery, Buresh’s Lobster House, and then took over the operation in 1982 and ran it until retiring in 2000 to Coloma, Michigan. July 26.

Richard Dolejs, 92
The former Riverside resident was a longtime owner of his eponymous real estate and property management company in Lyons. In the 1960s, he was said to have originated the term “Little Village” for the formerly Czech neighborhood of South Lawndale as it evolved with an influx of Mexican immigrants. Dec. 17, 2021.

Joseph Gaberik, 89
While he lived in Berwyn, Gaberik was a business owner in Riverside, operating Riverside Works, a machinist shop/antique auto museum, for nearly 40 years with his brother inside a former Chandler automobile agency on East Quincy Street, a space now housing Quincy Street Distillery. Jan. 30.

Darel Glaser, 66
An actor on Broadway, in feature films and in television as a child and young man in the 1960s and 1970s, Glaser returned to his hometown of Riverside in 1980 and threw himself into training a generation of young actors as director for the Riverside Theater Guild and Riverside Children’s Theater Guild. Dec. 7.

Carol Hall, 76
Originally from Ohio, Hall moved to Brookfield and was instrumental in the founding of the Friends of the Brookfield Public Library. She spent two terms on the library’s board of trustees and was the curator of photos for the book “Brookfield, Illinois: A History” marking the village’s centennial in 1993. That year she returned to school and earned a master’s in library science, becoming the administrative librarian at Worth Public Library for 25 years. Aug. 25.

Edward Jaeky, 83
The former Brookfield resident was a real estate broker whose office was a fixture on Grand Boulevard and later on Burlington Avenue in downtown Brookfield for decades. Oct. 7.

Kendra Kuehlem, 27
Appointed Brookfield’s village planner in April 2021, Kuehlem was seen as an up-and-coming and well-regarded municipal administrator. She was also a talented photographer, who ran her own business. She died when she was struck by a Metra train at the Prairie Avenue crossing while crossing the tracks on her way home from work on Feb. 4.

John Mach, 75
The longtime president of the Hofmann Dam River Rats dedicated himself to the removal of the Hofmann Dam to improve the Des Plaines River ecosystem for fish and recreation opportunities for people. Regarded at first with skepticism, Mach’s persistence and dedication to his cause paid off in 2012, when the Hofmann Dam, along with a smaller one downstream were removed, realizing in his dream. Jan. 30.

David Moreau, 75

After a career working as a brakeman for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, Moreau in the mid-1990s would open a coffeeshop and ice cream parlor in the Arcade Building in downtown Riverside that would eventually be called Grumpy’s and become a beloved gathering spot, which he operated for nearly two decades. Dec. 3.

Paul Proteau, 91

The longtime Riverside resident and attorney built a successful law practice in Oak Park while finding time to serve as a Riverside village trustee and as a member of the Riverside Township Lions Club. July 1.

Dale Rider, 90

Raised in Riverside and a Riverside-Brookfield High School graduate, Rider worked in the chemical industry before becoming a stockbroker. Moving to River Forest as an adult, Rider served as a River Forest village trustee for more than 18 years, elected five times over four decades. Sept. 10.

Jose Rodriguez M.D., 85

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Dr. Rodriguez was recruited as an intern to work at Cook County Hospital in 1965. He would move to Riverside, where he would live for more than four decades and practiced medicine in the community for 40 years before retiring to a farm in downstate Princeton. Oct. 18.

Barbara Ruska, 92

The longtime Riverside resident was the owner of Cermak Home for Funerals in Cicero and the past president of Ceska Beseda Ladies Auxiliary. Sept. 17.

Monsignor R. George Sarauskas, 77

The pastor of St. Mary Parish in Riverside from 2004-11 generated some controversy in 2007, when he launched a plan to build a new rectory on Mary Park, a greenspace area west of the existing rectory, which he shunned for a condo. He went so far as to obtain building permits before protests from parishioners halted it during a heated exchange at a school board meeting, which Sarauskas dissolved in response. June 25.