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20 | March 22, 2018 | The lake forest leader FAITH LakeForestLeader.com Faith Briefs St. James Lutheran Church (1380 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest) Women of St. James Spring Retreat April 13-15. The Women’s spring retreat is quickly approaching, and there will be opportunities to attend all or part of the faith building and fellowship events. For more information, visit www.stjameslutheran.org, or contact the church office at (847) 234-4859 or email sholmstrom@stjameslutheran. org. Church of St. Mary (175 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest) Hotel Toiletries and Soap Drive Now through April 8. Donations of unused or unopened small hotel-sized bottles of soap, shampoo, body wash, condition and lotion, as well as feminine products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors and other personal hygiene items are sought for donation. No opened or experienced items. Collection will benefit the Food Pantry at Most Blessed Trinity and other local ministries. Collection baskets are located at all Church entrances, the Parish Center and both school offices. Eucharistic Adoration Each Wednesday, the Church of St. Mary offers Eucharistic Adoration following the 8 a.m. Mass. A rosary will be prayed each week at 6:40 p.m. with Benediction following at 7 p.m. Submit information for The Leader’s Faith page to b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia. com. The deadline is noon on Thursday. Questions? Call (847) 272-4565 ext. 35. Memoriam From Page 10 work. “She was always there for us,” she said. Sommers was a master bridge player and a wonderful baker. As an avid seamstress, she knitted hats for homeless shelters and helped start the annual craft fair at St. Mary. She was also active in the Guild of St. Mary, where she was a member of St. Anne’s Circle. “She was a very kind and organized person and willing to help with everything,” said fellow Circle member Carol Herrmann. “She was just a wonderful, smart woman and had a very strong faith.” Most Reverend George J. Rassas Jr., who was the pastor at St. Mary for 14 years, returned to St. Mary to deliver the homily at the March 17 celebration of Sommers’ life. “They were people of great faith…..and were always grateful for the blessings they enjoyed in the long lives together,” he said of Sommers and her husband. She is survived by her five children and their spouses: John (Michiko) Sommers, Richard (Elaine) Sommers, Robert (Ruth) Sommers, Mary (Lindley) Specht and Elizabeth (Michael) Pierret. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Michael, Christopher (Lauren), Karen, David (Mary), and Peter (Christine) Sommers, Katherine (Scott) Allen and Theresa Pierret; and two great-grandchildren: Casey Sommers and Armiger Allen. She was preceded in death by her younger sister, Florence Bowers, and her husband Joe Sommers. Craig T. Loiacano Craig T. Loiacano, 58, of Lake Forest, died Feb. 6 surrounded by his family at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He endured a long battle with heart and kidney failure. He was born Nov. 30, 1959 in Chicago, the youngest of three children of Lorene and Thomas Loiacano, and was raised in the Lakeview area. After attending Bell School and Gordon Tech High School, he graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1981 with a bachelor of science. He started working at the Chicago Board of Trade as a floor runner, then as a trader in the grain pit, eventually renting a seat on the exchange. He was an insurance agent for New York Life Insurance and sales manager for Prudential Insurance, before starting his own business. In 1987, he met Karin Sandquist and they were married in Chicago at St. Benedict’s church in June 1989. They lived in Buffalo Grove for eight years before moving to Lake Forest in 1997. They raised three children and founded Chicagoland Bookbuyers as a family business 20 years ago. Loiacano bought and sold used textbooks to high schools throughout the city of Chicago and suburbs. He will be missed in Highwood, where he worked and spent time with many colleagues. Loiacano was an active volunteer in the Lake Forest School Districts and with the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Center. Many remember him fondly as “Coach Craig” for both youth baseball and softball teams. He spent many years in ice rinks, cheering on his daughter figure skating and his sons playing ice hockey. He was an avid Chicago Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks fan. Besides instilling a love of Chicago and sports in his children, he raised them to be White Sox fans and took them to numerous games, as well as spring training in Arizona each March. He cherished relaxing with friends on Whitewater Lake during the summers. In the fall, he enjoyed attending Northwestern University football games and tailgating with his family and friends. He proudly supported the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama where his children attended college. He took his family on many cruises during winter break; the most memorable was cruising through the Panama Canal. He had fond memories of visiting friends in Florida and gambling in Las Vegas, as well as playing poker with the J-Birds. He loved his many dogs; especially Jackson, who was a great source of comfort during his failing health. Loiacano was a true family man and will always be remembered for his wonderful smile and largerthan-life personality. He is survived by his wife, Karin Sandquist Loiacano; children, Alyssa Loiacano, Thomas Loiacano and Marco Loiacano; siblings, Laurie Loiacano Konicek and Kimberly Loiacano (Rick) Slack; mother, Lorene Loiacano; inlaws, Anneliese Sandquist and Helmut Sandquist; and also leaves many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He is proceeded in death by his father, Thomas Loiacano. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the nurses at the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program he participated in for many years, in addition to the nurses and doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care for Craig during his eight weeks in the Surgical ICU. A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Sunday, March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, Illinois, 60045. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Loiacano’s sons’ for continuing education: In care of: Alyssa Loiacano (Executor), Memo: Tom & Marco Loiacano Education Fund, Lake Forest Bank & Trust, 727 North Bank Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Joan T. Cook Joan T. Cook (nee Tallett), 89, of Lake Forest, died peacefully in her sleep March 6. She was the daughter to the late Harold and Irma Tallett, and was born on July 11, 1928 in Waukegan. She received a degree in education from The University of Arizona and a masters degree in speech therapy from Northwestern University. While raising her five children, she volunteered on the Lake Forest School Board District 67 and a variety of local charities. Colorful in both wardrobe and sense of humor, she filled the lives of her friends and loved ones with laughter and love. She is remembered for the unconditional love she shared with everyone she touched and will continue to be a source of light and love as we hold her forever in our hearts. She will be deeply missed. She was the sister to the late Jack Tallett, preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Granger Cook, Jr., She is survived by her five children, Granger “Tres” III (Mary Ellen), Joanne (Kevin) Miller, Bryan (Patricia), Suzanne (Brett) Moore and Graham (Beth); nieces, Judy Tallett, Tricia (Bob) Stromsted, Pamela (Patrick) Franssen, Janet (Kevin Collins) Tallett and Karen (Michael) Lindley; nephew, Kevin (Dee) Cook; fifteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on April 28 at 2 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 East Westminster Avenue, Lake Forest. Internment private. To honor her memory, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Posy Krehbiel Breast Care Center, 1000 N. Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 or www.lfh.org/support_lfh. Patricia Jemsek Patricia Jemsek (nee Brown), 73, of Burr Ridge, died March 10 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on Nov. 20, 1944 in Lake Forest, while her father was a dentist at Great Lakes Naval Station. After his time in the Navy, her parents, Ted and Odessa Brown, moved back to their home town of New Orleans to raise their family. She spent her childhood in New Orleans, graduating from Mt. Carmel Academy in 1961. Then in 1965, she met Frank Jemsek who swept her off her feet and brought her back to Illinois. Jemsek picked up golf shortly before meeting Frank, and, with his encouragement, her passion for golf grew. Her competitive spirit led to several club championships and sub-70 tournament rounds. She also loved gardening and spending time with her three children and four grandchildren. Jemsek was a true blessing to all that knew her. She is survived by her loving husband, Frank; three children, Marla (Kevin) Weeks, Katherine Jemsek and Joe (Meredith) Jemsek; grandchildren, Patricia Weeks, Brooke Weeks, Sawyer Jemsek and Noa Jemsek; sisters, Bonnie Montgomery and Cindy Booth. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Catholic Charities, catholiccharitiesusa.org, or a charity of your choice. Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia. com with information about a loved one who was part of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff communities.
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