Obituaries

We will update the list of names of our deceased warriors on a monthly basis. We will not place a person on this list with hearsay, second hand, information. Send us a link to the obituary, noting the date and name of the newspaper from which it was taken. If you don't have the obit, then you must be related to, or a close friend who attended the wake, funeral or memorial service.

April 2021

John Kiraly '82
Joann Jacoby '85
Dennis Smith '69

John Kiraly - Class '82
John Paul Kiraly of Mount Prospect was born September 1, 1964 in Park Ridge, to Margaret and the late John Kiraly, and passed away on April 4, 2021. John was the beloved husband of Ann, and loving father to John and Lauren. Dear brother of Maria, Pete, Trish (Andy) and Phil (Lindsay). Visitation will be Friday, April 9, 2021 from 3-8 PM at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St. Des Plaines, IL 60016. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Thomas Becket Church on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10 AM, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery. For more information call (847) 824-5155 or go to OehlerFuneralHome.com.

Joann Jacoby - Class '85
JoAnn Jacoby, 54, of Washington, North Carolina, died at her home in the early morning hours of 3 April, 2021, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. A celebration of her life occurred one week earlier with a group of friends and family coming together on Ocracoke Island for several days to celebrate JoAnn’s life. No other services are planned. In lieu of flowers, etc., you may choose to donate to the charity of your choice. JoAnn was particularly interested in helping underprivileged groups and individuals throughout the world, and had a deep appreciation for the natural world – let these facts be your guide in choosing a charity if you wish. Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, and grew up in Des Plains, Illinois. JoAnn spend much of her life in Illinois, earning a bachelors degree in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in English. Following this, in 1997 she earned both a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the same University, as well as, in the same year, an M.A. in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 1998, she joined the staff of the University of Illinois as an Assistant Librarian at the Illinois Natural History Survey Library, where she met her husband, Steve Taylor. She served in a vairety of roles at the University Library, taking on increasing responsibilities through the years (Anthropology and Sociology Subject Specialist {Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor}, 2002-2008; Coordinator, New Service Model Programs {Associate Professor}, 2008-2012; Head, Research and Information Services {Associate Professor}, 2010-2015; Associate University Librarian for User Services and Associate Dean of Libraries, 2015-2017). Her professional career ended with a three years as the Director of Tutt Library at Colorado College, 2017-2020, before retiring to Washington in coastal North Carolina with her husband. JoAnn was well known to colleagues, friends, and family as an upbeat, caring, and compassionate person, a strong and decisive leader, an adventurous traveler and explorer, a connoisseur of fine literature, an amazing cook, and just generally a joy to be around. She authored a book, various chapters in conference proceedings and books, journal articles, and a variety of presentations at national and international meetings. She explored caves on several continents, discovered species new to science (including a cave-adapted springtail from Belize, Trogolaphysa jacobyi), sailed the Ionian Sea, got drunk in South Korea, hiked lava fields in the Galapagos, danced in Cuba, at grasshoppers in Mexico City, dove cenotes in the Bahamas, picked up giardiasis in Oaxaca, visited the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, had safari adventures in South Africa, watched the fishing boats come in off the coast of Zanzibar, kayaked over a whale in Alaska, and many, many other fine adventures which she shared with various people close to her. In short, JoAnn’s life was rich, but cut tragically short. Be kind to those around you, to those who need a little help, and to our fragile planet..

Dennis Smith - Class '69
Dennis M. Smith: 70 years old of Ingleside, IL passed away peacefully Thursday April 8, 2021 at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL. He was born March 26, 1951 in Chicago, IL the son of the late Claude and Gloria (neé Kaczmarek) Smith, growing up in Des Plaines, IL, later living in Northbrook, IL, Gurnee, IL and Tucson, AZ, before settling in Ingleside in 2017. Dennis was a graduate of the former Arkansas College now Lyons College where he began his own fraternity. Before his retirement in 2011, Dennis was an entrepreneur with many businesses in the Antioch, IL area. He was a member of the Tucson American Legion Post 109, Sons of the American Legion, and Ducks Unlimited, and he enjoyed: golfing, fishing, and hunting. On April 11, 1981 he married Brandie Becker in Northbrook, IL. Survivors include: his wife of 40 years Brandie; a daughter Lisa (Jacob) Gola of Antioch, IL; two brothers: James (Sandy) Smith of Gurnee, IL, and Pat (Dawne) Smith of Clearwater Beach, FL; nieces and nephews: Aly, Jaime, Ashley, Corey, Brian, David, and Steve; several great-nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by two brothers: Kenny and Mike. A Celebration of Dennis’s Life will be held from 11Am until 3PM Saturday May 22, 2021 at the Fourth Lake Hunt Club 20703 W. Lakeview Ave. Lake Villa IL 60046, with Family Remembrances at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023. Please sign the online guest book for Dennis at www.strangfh.com.