Lester Tenney died Feb. 24 at the age of 96. He joined the Army National Guard’s 33rd Tank Company out of Maywood, Illinois in 1940 and was sent to the Philippines.
Yenney survived WWII’s 73-plus mile Bataan Death March to the Japanese prison camp. After getting caught trying to escape, he was shipped to Omuta, Japan where he worked in a coal mine, according to his obituary in the San Diego Tribune.
He earned his degrees in business. He later became a professor at Arizona State and started a company, University Research Associates, the report said.
He advocated for POWs up until his death. He worked to get an apology from the mining companies.
He served as past president of the American Bataan Clan (the predecessor for the Maywood Bataan Day Organization). He is the last surviving man from Co. B, and the last Maywood-born member of the 192nd Tank Battalion. He is survived by his wife Betty; son Glenn (Susan); stepsons Don Levi (Eileen) and Ed Levi (Jan); seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Reynaldo C. Sulit, MD, died on Feb. 27. He was 80. He belonged to the UST medical school Class of ‘62. Husband of Dalisay A. Sulit, MD; father of Rommel, Reggie, Robert, Rafael (Jennifer), and Madonna (Alex); grandfather of Elena, Katrina, Sienna, and Matthew. Dr. Sulit served as the 27th president of the Philippine Medical Association in Chicago (PMAC) in 1989-1990. He practiced ophthalmology for 35 years, specifically in West Oak Lawn, the Cataract Glaucoma Clinic. Performed charity works in the PH as part of the annual Norweigan American Hospital and PMAC medical missions.
Marlyn Doras Cera, age 60, passed away on March 24. Marlyn was the wife of Baltazar "Bal;"mother of Rachelle (Chad) Sutton and Valerie (Tom) Klejnowski; sister of Rizalina, Valeriano, Judith, Jesusa, Petronila and Crestita. Marlyn worked as an R.N. in the operating room at Illinois Masonic Hospital for 16 years. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Paz M. Saladino, 99, of Chicago, passed away Feb. 25. She is survived by her children, Selmo, Carlos, Ret. CPD (Nancy), and Mario; grandchildren Selmo Jr., Jennifer (Joe) Bellanca, Stephanie, Angela, Michael, CPD (Sarah), Christopher, CPD (Jennifer, CPD), Nicholas, and Joseph, Local 63 (Tegan); and 11 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Selmo; son, Pedro. Was one of the co-founders of Jose Rizal Center. Funeral Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home. Interment St. Luke Cemetery.
Amado Monedo Brosas, age 66, passed away on March 6. He was a native of Liliw, Laguna. Amado was the husband of the late Virginia G. Brosas; father of Donvi (Julie), Donnavi, and Dianne; grandfather of Joriz Niño, Caitlin Jade, Chloe Sophia, and David James; sibling of Consuelo Crame, Genoveva Saret, Anastacia Sulte, Bonifacio Brosas, Merla Moraleda, and Martin Brosas. He was a longtime member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Wake Drake & Son Funeral Home in Chicago to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church for a memorial mass. Interment Rosehill Cemetery.
Milagros V. Gabriel died on Feb. 22. She was 70 years old. She was the wife of Oscar; mother of Ivy Jean Whelan and Mia Mae Crews; grandmother (Lola) of 6; sister of Teresita Magana and Efren Villaflor; Aunt of many nieces and nephews; Wake was held in late February at Salerno Rosedale Chapels in Roselle, Illinois; Mass at St. Isidore Church in Bloomingdale, IL; Burial at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Naperville, Illinois.