Obituaries Archive

Ernesto Ponticello, ‘tailor from Taylor Street,’ passes away at age 75

Ernesto Ponticello, known as the “tailor from Taylor Street,” passed away on March 3 at age 75.


Choirmaster, teacher Sam Parker passes away at age 71

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 DeLaurentis dies at age 92

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.


Oldest area resident, Clara Laino, passes away at 104

Clara Laino (nee Nocerino) died July 22 at age 104.


Hayley Carlton, longtime Gazette reporter, passes away at 46

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.


Jack Schaller, proprietor of Schaller’s Pump, passes away

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 Jones, former State Rep, passes away

Shirley Marie Jones, a former longtime Near West Side State Representative, passed away on March 20 at age 76.


UIC librarian, area resident Lisa Zhao passes away at 65

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.


Msgr. Richard O’Donnell, oldest priest, passes away

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, longtime Rush community affairs officer, passes away

Reginald “Hats” Adams, the former director of Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Community Affairs, died Friday, Nov. 13, after a lengthy illness.