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 2024
Sandra Bell Siegel '60
Raymond Puccinelli '80
Rebecca Spratt Whitford '71
 

Sandra Bell Siegel - Class '60
Sandra Lee Siegel, 81; professor and clinical psychologist, drug counselor; social justice and community health advocate; former flower-child and band manager; gifted gardener; passed away March 31, 2024 at home in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. Sandy decided early in life that her life's mission was to help the disenfranchised. Born in Chicago, graduated from Maine West High School and volunteered at Chicago State Hospital before moving to San Francisco, where she trained at the Haight-Ashbury Clinic and managed the Siegel-Schwall Band. After a decade on the road, Sandy returned to Chicago and earned her Associate's degree in nursing from Truman College. She worked as a psychiatric nurse and earned her B.A. from Northwestern and her Master's and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Siegel taught at The Chicago School and offered group therapy for men at Breakthrough Urban Ministries, an agency devoted to helping individuals and families affected by poverty, and mixed group therapy at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center. She made service to community a part of her life. Loving mother of the late Donald Arthur Olson, grandmother of Tyler and Blake Olson, sister of Jacqueline Tsevis of Park Ridge, and aunt of Alexandria and Andreas Tsevis. Daughter of the late Leonard Robert Bell and Ursula Charlotte Bell (nee Schueler). Survived by dedicated and wonderful friends David Laser and Corky and Holly Siegel. A private celebration of life is being planned. Arrangements by Inclusive Funeral Care, 773-370-2959 or www.InclusiveFuneralCare.com.

Raymond Pucinnelli - Class '80
Visitation for Raymond P. Puccinelli Jr., 61, of Long Grove, will be on Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Rd., Lake Zurich. On Monday, April 15, 2024, family and friends will meet at Saint Mary of the Annunciation Church, 22333 W. Erhart Rd., Mundelein, IL where visitation will continue from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. The Interment will be private. Ray Puccinelli, age 61, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2024, surrounded by beloved family and friends. Ray grew up in a loving home in Des Plaines, IL where he excelled in many things; however, school was not necessarily one of them. He took pride in skipping school and got in all kinds of trouble with many of his lifelong friends from the neighborhood. Ray loved hockey, played goalie, and his uniform proudly displayed his favorite #35 after his idol, Tony Esposito. Ray held various jobs but the one he loved most was appraising homes for the past 30+ years, running his own appraisal company for many years and also working the past 10 years with Metro West/Class Valuation. Family was everything to Ray and he was married to Karyn, his best friend, and the love of his life for 35 years, fitting that being his lucky number is where it will remain to infinity. His children, Amanda and Dominic were his pride and joy, and he loved everything about being their dad. Ray was also a dad to both kid’s friends, loving them as his own, and bailing everyone out with no questions asked! He supported his children in all their activities, coaching many of their sports teams such as baseball, football, and softball. Ray was always there to cheer them on, wiping their tears, and always giving the best advice. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do for his children. Ray was an avid Chicago sports fan rooting for the Blackhawks, Bears, and even though he was a White Sox fan, his wife Karyn loved him anyways. He always had a story to tell, and people were captivated by what he had to say. Ray worked extremely hard to support his family and really found his niche in appraising homes. No matter how hard he worked, he always had time to enjoy family and friends, except on Sundays, where he was the king of the recliner chair. Jamaica and Disney World were truly his happy places and in a former life he may have been a Mouseketeer. Ray loved his family and would always make a point to tell them that he loved and appreciated them with a hug and a kiss. He was proud of his wife and kids and his family and friends will hold dear the many stories he told, even the ones they may have heard multiple times. Ray had a knack for easily making friends and making all friends feel like his best friend. Ray is the beloved husband of Karyn Puccinelli for 35 years; loving father of Amanda (Curtis Hines) Puccinelli and Dominic (Tania Ponce) Puccinelli; loving son of Irene and the late Ray Sr.; dear brother of Ralph (Sheryl) Puccinelli, and Grace (Steve) LeSeth. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.

Rebecca Spratt Whitford - Class '71
Rebecca (Becky) Ann Whitford (nee Spratt), age 70, long time resident of Des Plaines, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2024 surrounded by family. Loving mother to Shawn (Breanna) Whitford, Adam (Suzanne) Whitford and Sara Estacion. Proud grandmother of Tyler, Nicholas, Jackson, Logan, Elijah, Kai, DaLucca and Isabella. Dear sister to Charles (Karen) Spratt and Jon (Donna) Spratt. Fond aunt to Andrea (Travis) Rynerson, Lauren (Kyle) Anderson, Daniel and William Spratt. Godmother to Lauren Anderson. Becky was born June 15, 1953 at Bergstrom Air Force Base Hospital, Austin Texas to the late Norman and Mary Spratt. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday April 20, 2024 from 11:00am to 1:00pm with a memorial service following at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines IL. Please consider a donation to Susan G Komen, https://www.komen.org/how-to-help/donate/. Becky will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts.