Samuel Ray “Sam” Parker, music and choir director at Holy Family Church and music teacher at Children of Peace School, died Sept. 21 at age 71.
Carmen “Carmie Shoes” DeLaurentis, a community leader, lifelong resident of Little Italy, and lifelong parishioner at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, died Sept. 19 at age 92.
Clara Laino (nee Nocerino) died July 22 at age 104.
Hayley Carlton, a reporter for the Gazette for more than ten years, passed away at home of a heart attack on Aug. 3 at age 46. Born on Dec. 5, 1969, Ms. Carlton went on to graduate from Lourdes High School, earned a BA in journalism from Columbia College Chicago, and earned an MA in marketing communications from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
John “Jack” Schaller, proprietor of the Schaller’s Pump bar and restaurant at 3714 S. Halsted St., passed away on May 26. He was 92.
Shirley Marie Jones, a former longtime Near West Side State Representative, passed away on March 20 at age 76.
Lisa Zhao, a resident of the Taylor Street area, teacher, librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and former president of the Chinese American Librarians Association, died March 22 of brain cancer. She was 65.
Despite being 105 years old, Msgr. Richard O’Donnell never quite retired—either as Chicago’s oldest active parish priest or as the Chicago White Sox’s number one fan, longtime friend and onetime assistant Fr. Jim Hyland told a packed church.
Reginald “Hats” Adams, the former director of Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Community Affairs, died Friday, Nov. 13, after a lengthy illness.
Robert J. Klaus, 71, passed away peacefully in Galena, IL, on Oct. 24 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.