Crete Funeral Home

Providing quality funeral services in the South Suburban Chicago area since 1891

Jerry R. Brandenburg

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home - Crete, IL (Map-it)

Jerry R. Brandenburg Jr. age 69 of Crete, Illinois passed away on July 19, 2021.  Loving husband of 45 years to Deborah (nee Erickson).  Beloved brother to Brian Brandenburg, Jeff (Donna) Brandenburg, David (Gina) Brandenburg and Lizanne Ippolito.  Beautiful son to the late Jerry Sr. and late Charlotte (nee McCoskey) Brandenburg.   Beloved godfather to David Johnson, Jennifer Sargeant, and David Wisinski. Dear uncle to many.  Jerry enjoyed fishing, golfing, and travel.  He was known for his sense of humor and kindness to others.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand, especially at church.  He will be sorely missed.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to brain research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at or Immanuel Lutheran Church food pantry at

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 7, 11:00AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sauk Trail and Cicero, Richton Park, Illinois, followed by graveside interment and a luncheon.  Arrangements entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600. 




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Roberta L. Opilka

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home - Crete, IL (Map-it)
Place of Service: St James Catholic Church 22244 S Torrence Ave, Sauk Village, Illinois (Map-it)

Roberta L. Opilka (nee Graham) age 81 of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on July 18th, 2021.  Beloved wife to the late Henry (2005); loving mother to Anthony J. Opilka, John (Lisa) Opilka, Robert Opilka, Michele Lobo, Thomas (Andrea) Opilka, Mark (Kim) Opilka and Stephen Opilka. Grandmother of 18; great grandmother of 1.  Beautiful sister and aunt to many. Roberta was a dedicated member of St. James Catholic Church.

 Visitation Friday, July 23rd from 3:00P.M. until 9:00P.M. at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Funeral on Saturday visitation from 10:00A.M. until the time of mass at 11:00A.M. at St. James Catholic Church, 22244 S Torrence Avenue, Sauk Village, Illinois.    Info:  (708) 672-7600. 







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John J. O'Leary

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home - Monee, IL (Map-it)

John J. O’Leary, Ph.D. was born February 28, 1950 on the South Side of Chicago and passed away unexpectedly at his Monee home on July 11, 2021.  John was the devoted and cherished husband of Tina (nee Schaefer) for nearly 39 years.  He was the loving father to Sean (Christina Verdos).  John was the proud grandfather to Kaleb and was looking forward to welcoming a new granddaughter in the fall.  He was the beloved brother to Maureen O’Leary and kind uncle to John K. O’Leary.  John leaves behind a beloved aunt, many cousins and dear sisters-in-law.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John J. O’Leary Jr. and Rita M. O’Leary (nee Downey).

For 40 years, John was a Clinical Psychologist in the south suburbs, until his retirement in 2020.

Memorial Mass will be Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 5304 Main Street, Monee, IL.  Arrangements entrusted to Monee Funeral Home, 5450 Wilson Street (at Governors Hwy), Monee, IL 60449.  Info: (708) 534-0016.


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Jude A Whipple

Funeral Home: Grant Park Funeral Home - Grant Park, IL (Map-it)

Jude A. Whipple (nee Callahan) age 61 of Grant Park, Illinois passed away on July 14, 2021.  Beloved wife to Ralph; loving daughter to Mary Jean Hosker and the late Lawrence Callahan Jr.  Beautiful sister to Larry (Kyung) Callahan, Jean (Kevin Hearne) Callahan, Jane (Phil) Fabsits, Joseph (Lynn) Callahan, Lorraine Callahan, Jim (Carol) Callahan, Tracy (Bruce) Robertson, late Jim (Dana) Crouch, and Ricky Crouch.  Dear step mom to Kimberly Miller and Amy Beth Burdette.  Donations can be made in Jude’s memory to Autism Speaks at or

Due to the current circumstance and restrictions caused by Covid-19 we ask that you please follow the states guidelines where masks/ face coverings and distancing are concerned. On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Visitation/service on Sunday, July 18th from 1PM until time of service at 5pm at Grant Park Funeral Home 309 Dixie Highway, Grant Park, Illinois, IL. 60940. Info: (815) 466-0677.


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James J. Shambo

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home - Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On Monday, July 5th, 2021, James Joseph Shambo (Jim) loving son, brother, uncle, godfather, and devoted and loyal friend passed away suddenly at the age of 54.

Jim was born on April 27th, 1967 in Chicago Heights, IL, where he lived until his death. He attended Bloom High School and Northern Illinois University. Jim had a love for history, his country, and the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks. He was known for his quick wit, infectious laugh, and kind and compassionate spirit. He had a fruitful career in both the banking and e-commerce industries. He was truly devoted to his family and friends. Always one to lend a helping hand, Jim was there for his friends and family in times of need or simply to enjoy a BBQ or youth sporting event. No one was more proud of their nieces and nephews than Uncle Jim.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank, and Darlene. He is survived by his brothers and sister: Frank (Tina) Shambo, David Shambo, Mary (Doug) Woods, Tom (Allison) Shambo. Uncle Jim will be lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews: Michael, Grant & Kristen Shambo, Keith Woods, Tom&Abigail Shambo.

Due to the current circumstances and restrictions caused by Covid-19, we ask that you please follow the state’s guidelines of wearing masks/face coverings and social distancing. On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, July 11th, from 1:00 P.M. until time of service 6:00 P.M. at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL. 60411. Interment: Private. Info: Call (708)-754-0016.                                                                                             

Memorial donations in memory of James J. Shambo may be made to Autism Speaks.

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David W Creech

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home - Crete, IL (Map-it)

DAVID CREECH   July 9, 1952 – June 29, 2021

One of the hardest things in life is saying goodbye for the final time to a loved one. Dave Creech passed away peacefully surrounded by family, and as much as we will miss him, his pain is gone.

Survived by wife Karol (Monarch) Creech,  Children, Troy (Carey) Creech, Tracy (Ken) Garcia, Trisha (Uriel Akiva) Creech, sister Angela (Fletcher) Prestridge, brother Tim Smith, Grandchildren Charley, Emma, Josephine, Axelle, Sigrid, Ben, Jacob and nasty Nate, and of course our beloved Izzy.

To the love of my life, my knight in shining armor for 49 years, I will go on with you in my heart and my head. There will not be a day that I will not laugh or cry over something we shared.

To those of you that know him, you know how generous and loving he was, his kindness was above reproach, you never left as a stranger but always left as a friend. His door was always open as well as his big heart. He loved family most, and friends close behind that.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Jude’s, Pancreatic Cancer research, or your favorite local animal shelter (his favorite).

A celebration of his life is July 10th.    Reach out to the family for details.

Arrangement entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600.


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Crete Funeral Home

In 1987 the authentic Victorian home at 1182 Main Street in Crete, Illinois was purchased. This unique home was renovated to add a large chapel, a very spacious lounge and a merchandise showroom. The result is a lovely funeral home that is very user-friendly yet maintains the Victorian home atmosphere.


The large chapel can accommodate up to 100-125 people yet easily maintains an intimate atmosphere for smaller groups. The lounge on the lower level provides much counter space with tables and seating areas adequate for the largest of visitations.


In 99% of situations you will have the entire funeral home to yourself with no sharing. Crete Funeral Home provides handicap access and has a huge parking lot. The visitation chapel includes a 42” monitor to display your complimentary DVD.


Each of our locations is owned by our family and operated by our family and caring staff. At each location we offer Traditional Funeral Service, Memorials, Cremations and Funeral Pre-Planning. It is our privilege to serve you and your family read more...

Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417 708-672-7600
Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417 708-672-7600
Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417 708-672-7600
Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417 708-672-7600
Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417 708-672-7600