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January 2021

Andrew Beranek '14
David Lashway '70
Joseph Mrowiec '80
Ted Faught '68


Andrew Beranek - Class '14
On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Andrew Joseph Beranek, loving son, brother, and uncle, passed away at the age of 25. Andrew had a passion for music and adventure. He was known for his quick wit and his gift to carry on a passionate conversation. Andrew was preceded in death by grandparents, Ed & Louise Flanagan and Joe & Rosemary Beranek, his Aunt Sherry, and his cousin Mary Kate. Andrew is survived by his parents, Paul & Anne, sister Samantha (Michael), brothers Matthew and Timothy, nephews Jacob, Braeden, Lincoln and Maddox, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Services for Andrew will be private. To honor his memory, donations can be made in Andrew's name to the North Suburban Nar-Anon Family Group, 1000 E. Oakton St., PO Box #1336, Des Plaines, IL 60017. They accept checks only. This is our local branch of the national Nar-Anon organization. It is our hope that other families can benefit as much as we have from the support of this amazing organization. Memories of Andrew can be shared at:

Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 5, 2021.

David Lashway - Class '70
David M. Lashway passed away after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Born April 9th, 1952, third son of Henry and Ruth (Hessler) Lashway, he grew up in Des Plaines, graduating from Maine West High School in 1970. He received a BA at Adams State College and later added a master's degree in geography from the University of Missouri. After enjoying a period of international travel including a year teaching English in Egypt, he settled in the Chicago area, which he loved. He was able to use his exceptional reading, writing and verbal skills to forge a long career in corporate communications with Arthur Andersen and Thomson Reuters. Dave's many passions included the theater, family history, and the outdoors. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed writing, at which he excelled. He had a strong sense of family, and at the time of his death was putting the finishing touches on his father's military memoirs, which involved many trips to various state and national archives and led to a publication in a national magazine. Dave will be remembered for his generosity, sense of humor and support of many worthy causes. He will be missed by all who knew him.Dave is survived by his brothers Larry, Olympia, Washington, Kent, Schaumburg, his nephew Jay Lashway, Chicago, his niece Anne Nemshick (Scott), Huntley and her children Luke and Taylor. He was preceded in death by his parents. Remembrances may be made to the American Players Theater or Misericordia Home. Private arrangements for interment are being made by Miller Funeral Home in West Dundee. To leave an online condolence, please visit For information, please call ( 847)426-3436

Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 9, 2021.

Joseph Mrowiec - Class '80
Joseph "Joe" Mrowiec, 58, passed away unexpectedly on December 13, 2020 in Van Horn, Texas. He was born on April 10, 1962 in Chicago and grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois. Joe graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with a Bachelors of Science (Finance) and the University of Notre Dame with a Masters of Business Administration, MBA General Management Cum Laude. He was a Global Finance and Banking Professional. Family meant everything to Joe and he had many friends he considered family. He is survived by his children, Dana Mrowiec, Lauren Mrowiec and Joseph Mrowiec, parents, Edward (Dianne) Mrowiec and Adrienne Courtington; his brother, Edward Mrowiec; sisters, Laura Meisner, Cindy (Gary) Dunham, Gina Sylvester, Vicki Mrowiec; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. Joe lived in Arizona and loved hiking the Superstition Mountains and requested his ashes be spread over them. A celebration of his life will take place in the spring.

Published in Daily Herald on Jan. 13, 2021.


Ted Faught - Class '68
Teddy (Ted) Dwayne Faught, 70, of East Hampton passed away December 23, 2020 with his wife by his side. He was the son of the late Teddy Llyod and Annie Mae Faught; born February 12, 1950 in Blytheville, Arkansas. At a young age his family moved north, and Teddy was raised in Des Plaines, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; sister, Barbara West; four children, Dionne Silver, Shelley Faught-Tripp, Katherine Levine and Timothy Ryan; 11 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews in Connecticut and Illinois. We are saddened that he will not be with us to greet his expected great-grandchildren in 2021. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Robert West and his niece, Becky Sywyk Ted graduated high school from Maine West in IL where he enjoyed a successful American Legion baseball career. He served in the United States Airforce during the Vietnam war. While serving in the Airforce, Ted met his life-long best friend and business partner Ken Durand. He subsequently relocated to Connecticut where he enjoyed a successful sales career in the retail furniture and bedding business including owning bedding stores on the Connecticut Shoreline with Ken. He loved spending time with his grandchildren including watching them play softball and baseball, taking them on tractor rides, camping trips, backyard picnics. Ted was a life-long Cubs and Bears fan as well as a long-time Yankees fan. Private services were held at the Biega Funeral Home in Middletown. Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health, Office of Development, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508. To share memories or express condolences online please visit

Published in Hartford Courant on Jan. 15, 2021.