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Richard F. Klemp
Richard F. Klemp, 84, of Highland Park, Ill. passed away May 30, 2019. Beloved husband of 64 years to Arlene, nee Hastings. Loving dad to Cathy Ehlers (Steve) and their daughters Laura and Kristin, son Scott (deceased); Dick Klemp (Rosanne) and son Joel Baseley (Deann) and their daughter Amelia; and Judy Samples.
Attended school at Holy Cross and Highland Park High School. Completed electrical trade school to begin his lifelong career with the IBEW. He served 44 years with IBEW, local 150.
He enjoyed a lifetime of outdoor adventures. He trapped as a child, enjoyed lots of fishing and hunting trips with family and friends. A highlight was when he and Dick traveled for a week long dove hunt in Argentina.
He worked with the Boy Scouts for many years, working with the local Holy Cross troop as well as preparing summer camps every year.
Dick and Arlene square danced for several years. When she wanted to learn to round dance, Dick agreed, in exchange for flying lessons. He became a private pilot and thoroughly enjoyed showing off his skills to any who accompanied him.
Golf became a passion in retirement.
After Dick retired, they really loved to travel, even willing to take mystery trips, no matter where they were headed.
Dick was, and still is, loved by so many. His quick wit and teasing often kept us laughing. His tender heart too sweet to get mad at. He had a good listening ear and sound counsel which many sought out. He was always willing to show up on his time off, to lend his time, tools, muscles, and expertise to someone else’s projects.
Adriana Perrelli, November 13, 1946 - June 3, 2019, Our full-of-life Italian mom passed away peacefully after a long hard battle. She loved our family, she loved to feed it and to care for it. She was the first to arrive and the last to leave. Living to her was being surrounded by the people she loved, music , food and to be on the go. We know she is in heaven making her rounds once again. Adriana is survived by her husband of 55 years (Frank Perrelli), two sons Carmine Perrelli (Traci) and Tony Perrelli (Dana) and her three grandchildren Lia Perrelli, Abby Perrelli and Wade Perrelli, three brothers Claudio Bissattini, Ciro Gobello and Antonio Gobello. Predeceased by two sons Graziano and Graziano Paul. She was blessed with close family and close friends who were there with her into the end. A private celebration of life family gathering will be held in her honor.
Maria A. Parenti
Maria Assunta Balducci Parenti, age 83, passed away at her home in Highwood, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Maria grew up in Italy, where she met her husband, Vito Parenti. With her husband and son, Walter Parenti, she emigrated to the United States in 1967. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and found great joy in spending time with her family. She worked tirelessly to support those she loved. She cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and was a constant source of compassion and care for them. She will be remembered for her kindness, selflessness and how she always put the needs of others before her own. Her loving spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
Maria will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend Vito; son, Walter; daughter-in-law, Maria; sister, Ginetta; her four grandchildren, Christina (Matthew), Cara, Mary and Luciano; and many nieces and nephews.
Ronald H. Becker
Ronald H. Becker, age 84, of Highland Park, beloved husband of the late Susan, nee Landsman; loving father of Lori (late Randy) Zisook and Steven (Dr. Beth) Becker; adored Papa of Adam, Jason, Noah, and Josh; special friend and companion of Marlee Millman; dear father-in-law of Eric Huska; devoted son of the late Garry and the late Jean Becker; cherished brother of Barbara (Alan Rosenberg) Perlmutter; fond brother-in-law of Robert (late Susan) Landsman, Lewis (Charlotte) Landsman, and Linda (late Norman) Matthew; treasured uncle, cousin, and friend to many.
Kenneth L. Tucker
Kenneth L. Tucker, age 87, of Highland Park, Founder and former Chairman and CEO of The Tucker Companies. Ken was in the real estate business for over 60 years. Beloved husband of Marsha, nee Brooks; loving father of Sheryl Tucker, Michele (Bill) Michlin, Gregg (Susie) Sadowsky, and David (Barbara) Sadowsky; adored Poppy of David, Michael (Lindsay), Carly (fiancé Jack), Jordan, Nicole, Richard (fiancée Elyse), and Yossi; proud great grandfather of Ella; devoted son of the late Sam and the late Mildred Tucker; cherished brother of the late Jerry Tucker; dear brother-in-law of Nancy (Jerry) Schultz; treasured uncle of Scott (Debbie), Lawrence (Rebecca), Keith (Ivy) Tucker, and Mark Schatz; special great uncle of Justin, Brandon, Melissa, Jenna, Brianna, and Gracie. Ken received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Ben Gurion University, Israel, Past Chairman of American Associates of Ben Gurion University, Life Trustee of Roosevelt University, Past President of the International Council of Shopping Centers, recipient of the Chairman’s Award from National Jewish Health, Denver CO, Torch of Hope Award from the City of Hope, and the Golda Meir Award from the State of Israel. In addition to these noted honors, Ken actively participated in various other charitable causes.
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