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Richard ‘Roy’ Artis

Richard “Roy” Artis, 79, of Beach Park, died March 19, 2017 at home.
Richard was born May 10, 1937 in Wisconsin. He was a draftsman at Outboard Marine Corporation for more than 20 years.

He is survived by his wife Geri Artis; daughter Tonya (Wesley) Andrews; grandson Jefferson Andrews; sister Jean Navulis; and one brother Bill (Aliex) Lystlund.
He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Jay Artis; wife Susie Artis; mother Jane Lystlund, and step-father Leo Lystlund.

A private memorial service for family will be held at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Tomasa E. Sanchez

Tomasa (Tommie) Esparza Sanchez, 81, of Gurnee,  died Monday, March 20, 2017 at her home with her loving family by her side. 

Tomasa was born in Shaw, Miss. on Dec. 21, 1935. She met and married her husband of 61 years Tomas P. Sanchez in Houston, Texas in 1955. They relocated to Illinois and have been residents of Gurnee for 54 years. 

Tomasa retired from St. Theresa Hospital as a nursing assistant after 30-years of service. She loved to care for the new mothers and newborns in the maternity ward. She was often a translator for the Spanish families. Tomasa was a Cubs fan and enjoyed watching her sons and grandchildren play their sports.

Tomasa was a devoted wife, loving and very protective mother and grandmother. Tomasa she was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Wadsworth.

Tomasa is survived by her husband, Tomas P. Sanchez, her children Jimmy (DeAnne) Sanchez, Juanita Sanchez, Rosalie Johnson, Debra (Rich) Golden, Daniel (Laura) Sanchez, Robert (Kim) Sanchez, Paul (Sherry) Sanchez; grandchildren Tony (Kelly) Sanchez, Joseph (Jenna) Sanchez, Daniel Sanchez, Christina (Celso) Aranda, Alicia Delgado, Teresa (Josh) Posada, Rosemarie Delgado, Ryne Sanchez, Michelle (Luis) Cervantes, Cadie Sanchez, Emily (Mike) VanCamp, Daniel Sanchez, Jenny (Colin) Sanchez, Thomas Sanchez, Nicole (Ethan) Sanchez, Sidney Rose, Alex Rose, Tyler Sanchez, Isabel Sanchez, Julia Sanchez, Jenna Sanchez and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Tomasa is also survived by half-brother Felipe Esparza, stepbrother Raymond Ruiz, and half-sister Ruby (Beto) Garcia.

She was preceded in death by her eldest son Tony Sanchez this past December, her parents Leon and Fidencia Esparza (Luna), sister Mary Farias and brother Fidencio Esparza, half-brothers Julio Esparza, Leon Esparza, and Domingo Esparza, stepsisters Mary Gonzalez and Lupe Mireles.

 Daughter-in-law Jane Sanchez and caregivers Amelia Farias, Mary Deleon and Sudie Gordon hold a special place in Tomasa’s heart.

In lieu of flowers, the Sanchez family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Donate by sending a check to:   Chicago Alzheimer’s Association 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60631 Phone: 847-933-2413 www.alz.org

Visitation for Tomasa will be held  Thursday, March 23 at Warren Cemetery, Mausoleum & Funeral Home, 1475 N. Cemetery Road, Gurnee from 5-9 p.m. A Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Church, 15020 Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth on Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m.

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