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James L. Schmidt

     James L. Schmidt, 80, of Palatine, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 15, 2023, surrounded by family. He was born August 9, 1943, in Chicago, IL to the late Mary (nee Hart) and Lewis Schmidt.

     James was the husband of Stephanie J. (nee Derka) Schmidt; father of John (Tracy) Schmidt, Sr., Michael (Anne) Schmidt, Kristyne (Jeffrey) McMahon, and Kimberly (Robert) Schultz; grandfather of Tina, John Jr., Amanda, Sofia, Quinn, Avery, Kenzie, and Brayden; and great-grandfather of Jayden, Makayla, Giovani, and Eliana.

     It is hard to summarize Jim in just a few words but here it goes. He had the unique ability to make everyone feel welcomed and appreciated, a big Bears and cubs fan and a lover of all things sports, biggest cheerleader in the stands of his children's, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren's games, golfing 18 holes with his best buddies, yard work for hours, long walks with the dogs, grilling burgers after a long day (sometimes like hockey pucks), super hilarious with the best laugh, Polo cologne that would stick to you for hours after you hugged him, and most importantly a fiercely dedicated dad, grandfather, husband, cousin, and buddy.

     A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at the Meadows Funeral Home, 3615 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 6008 from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm with a prayer service at 4:30 pm.  Sandwiches and cookies will be served.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (

     Information (847)253-0224 or 

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Rev. C. David Stuckmeyer

     Rev. C. David Stuckmeyer, 88, of Arlington Heights and Huntley, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 22, 2023 after a brief illness. He was born November 1, 1935, in Brazil, IN to the late Bertha L. (Haynes) and Rev. Richard C. Stuckmeyer.
     David was the husband of Alice (nee Brandau); father of Lisa (Hans) Plichta and Luke (Katherine) Stuckmeyer; grandfather of 3; brother of Phyllis (John) Beyer and James (Mary) Stuckmeyer; brother-in-law of Del Brandau; proud uncle of 5 nephews, and a great-uncle to many. 
     David served as a pastor for 35 years at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights.  He also was an active member of the Arlington Heights Rotary Club from 1980 - 2000 and served as president from 1991-1992.  For 30 years, he held a Thursday morning workshop service for residents at Manor Care, was an active member of the Arlington Heights Clergy Association, and served on the Race Track Ministry. He devoted his life to being a faithful servant of the Lord and a compassionate pastor and shepherd to his flock.  In retirement, David enjoyed 2 decades in Huntley, meeting new friends, playing numerous Bocce and Pinochle games, and singing in the church choir.
     Visitation Monday, November 27, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, where the funeral service also will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, with a visitation from 10:00 am until time of service 11:00 am. Interment 2:00 pm at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, IL.
     In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church.
     Information (847)253-0224 or

Maria Cuchi Gonzalez

     Maria Cuchi Gonzalez (Araiza),85, of Bartlett, IL, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2023, surrounded by her three loving and devoted children Lori, David, and Rebecca.
     She was born May 1, 1938, In Harlingen, TX to the late Emeteria (Garibay) and Jose Angel Araiza Sr.
     Maria retired from Motorola as an accountant.  She enjoyed playing Bingo, card games with her many friends and loved shopping with her daughters.
     Maria was the mother of Lori Buchino (Jerry) Satterfield, Margaret (Jaime) Hernandez, David (Laura) Araiza., Rebecca (Javier) Hernandez, and Cynthia Gonzalez; grandmother of Joey Buchino, Jonathan Gonzalez, and Makenna Araiza; Grand dogs Buddy, Birdee May, Sanford, and Bailey; sister of Flora (Richard) Wilburn, Mary Jane (Andy) Torres, and the late Jesus G. (Dora) Araiza, Pilar G. Araiza, Felix G. (Lupita) Araiza, Jose Angel Araiza, Jr., Irene A. Cortez, Angelita A. (Cheo) Quintero, Clara A. (Fidel) Balderas, Dolores A. (Rene) Paredes; and aunt of numerous nieces and nephews.
     A celebration of Maria's life will be held with her family in Harlingen, TX.

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