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Avila family needs $2,000 to bring ‘Super Teci’ for transplant

Guillermo and Elizabeth Avila are hosting a garage sale at their Lansing home to help raise money for their daughter, Teresa "Super Teci" Avila. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 23, 2021) – Three weeks ago, the Avila family started a garage sale campaign to raise money for their disabled daughter Teresa, known by many as “Super Teci.” This weekend’s three-day sale marks the end of their fundraising campaign, and the family is hoping to raise the $2,000 they still need to send Teci to Arizona for a stem cell transplant.

When she was three, Teci (pronounced “Tessie”) choked while eating a grape and was unresponsive for 19 minutes before Lansing paramedics were able to restore her heartbeat. The miracle revival left her paralyzed and unable to speak.

In the years since, her condition has improved through the use of different types of therapy, specialized education, and stem cell transplants.

Stem cell transplant

Prior to her first stem cell transplant in January of this year, Teci would experience multiple muscle spasms per week, said her mom Elizabeth Avila.

“Teci gets severe total body muscle spasms that would last eight hours at a time. … Imagine a cramp in your calf or a Charley horse, but all over your body. That is the pain my baby had to go through at least three to four times a week,” Avila said.

After Teci’s stem cell transplant, Avila said she didn’t have a muscle spasm for four months. She also said Teci’s physical strength improved, as well as her vision and hearing.

“She became a whole different little girl,” Avila said.

Teci had a major hip surgery in June, which has caused her to regress somewhat in her areas of improvement, but Avila hopes that another stem cell treatment will help her to continue to grow.

She explained the stem cell transplant will help to break down scar tissue in Teci’s brain: “Breaking down the scar tissue that has built up from her initial injury is key in order for her to be able to receive and take in new information that we are trying to teach.”

An expensive trip

Through online fundraising and this year’s garage sale, the Avila family has raised significant funds for the transplant, which will require the family to drive to Arizona and stay there for a few days.

$2,000 is what separates the family from their financial goal for the trip, which includes expenses for the treatment, transportation, food, and accommodations near the medical center in Surprise, Arizona.

“It takes us four days to get there and four days back plus a few days after treatment to make sure she doesn’t have a negative reaction,” Avila said. “We are so excited to be going back for her November 8th appointment.”

The “Super Teci” garage sale is located at 3112 190th Street in Lansing. Masks are required to protect Teci’s health. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Garage sale

The garage sale at 3112 190th Street in Lansing runs Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. In addition to shoppers, in-person donations are also welcome.

Supporters can follow Teci on Facebook at Super Teci.


TF South hosts college and career fair for district students

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 23, 2021) – TF South hosted a college and career fair for all District 215 students on Wednesday, with over 100 organizations represented to offer themselves to local students.

The fair took place in the Red and Gray gyms at TF South from 5-7 p.m. and was sponsored by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling. Colleges and technical schools were present at the event as well as a few local organizations.

TF South is located at 18500 Burnham Avenue, Lansing, IL.


Obituary: Ryan D. Ohm

Ryan D. Ohm

July 19, 1975 – September 22, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Ryan D. OhmRyan D. Ohm, age 46, of Dyer, IN, born July 19, 1975, went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Beloved husband of his much-loved wife Debbie Ohm, nee DeJong. Loving father of Austin (Maddie Haines), Kate and Allison. Cherished son of Larry and Shari Ohm; son-in-law of Warren and Susan DeJong. Dear brother of Keith (Heather) Ohm and Trent (Elisabeth) Ohm. Brother-in-law of Terri (Fred) Schaaf, Darci (Richard) Van Kalker, Patti (Kevin) Swets, and Mark DeJong. Uncle of Alaina, Lily, Sadie, Emma, Matt, Kyle, Tim, Ming, Michelle, Valerie, Adam, and Amanda.

Ryan was passionate about his family. He loved to have fun and be with people, often entertaining family, friends, and his customers at Milwaukee Valve. Ryan was a great cook. He loved traveling for work and with his family. Ryan had a generous heart, often giving to others without recognition. He lived out his faith and was outspoken for his love for Jesus Christ. Ryan was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 2 – 8 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 3500 Glenwood-Lansing Road, Lansing, IL (enter through the east or west doors). Funeral service Monday, September 27, 2021, at 10 a.m. Bethel Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Shaun Buikema officiating. Interment Memory Lane Memorial Park Cemetery – Crown Point, IN. Memorial contributions may be given to the Ohm Family Trust for Ryan’s children. For further information please contact 219-322-7300 or visit our online guestbook and obituary at

TFS Sports round-up: Boys cross country takes first, Golf wins on ‘jersey day’

TFS Sports
TFS golfers donned their favorite jerseys on Tuesday in their victory over Bremen. (Photo provided)

September 21-22, 2021

As part of The Lansing Journal’s ongoing efforts to increase sports coverage at TF South, we have asked TFS coaches to provide us with information about their matches/games. The Lansing Journal will be posting these scores and summaries multiple times per week in a “TFS Sports round-up.”

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 22, 2021) — The scores for September 21-22:

September 21

TFS Boys Cross Country

Meet: TFS vs. Hillcrest High School vs. Richards High School

Score: TFS took first place in the three-school match: TFS-24, Hillcrest-35, Richards-did not have a complete team.

TFS’s last home meet of the year at Erfert Park was accompanied by perfect running weather, said coach Fred Seibel. In fact, the majority of TF South runners ran their personal bests on Tuesday: Austin Hewes (Jr)—1st place (19:56 Personal Record), Carlos Cervantes (So)—2nd place—(19:58 PR), Michael Chancey (Jr)—6th place (20:32 PR), Demetrius Thomas (Fr)—7th place (21:58 PR), Ben Gresham (Fr)—8th place (22:00 PR), Rodrigo Cortez (Fr)—10th place (22:17 PR), Kenan Maxey (Fr)—11th place (22:19 PR), Rashad Peeples (Fr)—13th place (22:57), Carson Harris (Fr)—14th place (25:02), Adam Castellanos (Jr)—15th place (25:07 PR), Jayden Scott (Fr)—20th place (27:17), Gavin Cottrill (Jr)—21st place (29:07), Colin Harris (Fr)—26th place (40:17 PR).

Seibel said he was “very pleased” with Tuesday’s results. TFS’ next meet is the Tinley Park Invitational at Midlothian Meadows on Saturday morning. Seibel described the meet as TFS’ “biggest and toughest meet of the year.”

TFS Girls Tennis

Opponent: Oak Forest High School

Score: TFS is bested by Oak Forest 5-0.

Oak Forest blanked TF South Tuesday afternoon in a decisive victory at Oak Forest.

TFS Golf

Opponent: Bremen High School

Score: TFS beats Bremen (214-222)

TF South’s final home match of the season at Centennial Park in Munster was a tight victory for TFS. the squad was led by senior Davey Mosele (51), sophomore Andrew Danehl (52), frosh Ryan Marnell (55), and junior Ethan Modjeski (56). Tuesday’s match fell on “Jersey Day” for TF South.

TFS Sports
TFS golfers donned their favorite jerseys on Tuesday in their victory over Bremen. (Photo provided)

September 22

No games

The TF South sports schedule can be found hereTF South is located at 18500 Burnham Avenue, Lansing, IL.


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Hard Rock Live to host Disturbed as part of November 4 opening

Metal band Disturbed will headline the first-ever concert at Hard Rock Live in Gary. (Photo: Travis Shinn, provided)

Chicago-based metal band to headline first concert at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

Information provided by Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

GARY, Ind. (September 21, 2021) – Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana will kick-off its brand-new Hard Rock Live performance venue on November 4 with Chicago-based metal rockers Disturbed. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. with Pop Evil as the opening act. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. Central Time.

Disturbed is known for its alternative metal hits “Down with the Sickness,” “Stricken,” and “Inside the Fire,” for which the band received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Live Performance in 2009. In 2017 the band was again nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Live Performance for their haunting rendition of “The Sound of Silence” performed live on Conan.

“I couldn’t be more excited to announce the opening of Hard Rock Live,” said Matt Schuffert, President of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana. “There is no better way to kick things off than with Chicago-based rockers Disturbed!”

The new Hard Rock Live performance venue is outfitted with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, and has excellent sightlines. It can seat up to 1,916 with an overall capacity of 2,207 including standing room only.


Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m. Central Time. Cost is $89.50. This show is general admission. Ages 21 and up. Visit Ticketmaster at

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is located at 5400 West 29th Ave. in Gary, IN, directly adjacent to the I-80/94 Burr Street Interchange. For more information, call 219-228-2383 or visit

Obituary: Victoria Jimenez

Victoria Jimenez

January 22, 1948 – September 22, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Victoria JimenezVictoria Jimenez Martinez, age 73, of Harvey, IL passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Beloved wife of Jose Luis Gutierrez. Loving mother of Maria Victoria Gutierrez, Rosa Lilia Gutierrez, Jose Luis Gutierrez, Olga Berenice Gutierrez, Juana Lucia Gutierrez, Jose Antonio Gutierrez, and Oscar I. Gutierrez. Cherished grandmother of Karen, Juan Rafael, Luis Alverto, Maria Guadalupe, Ezequiel, Leonardo, Jose, Belinda, Mia, Juvenal, Luis Antonio, Berenice, Vanneza, Isabella, Victor, Elizabeth, Rigoberto, Biridiana, Tatiana, Fatima, and Daniel. Great-grandmother of Mason, Sofia, Olivia, Hector, Valentina, Gael, Juvenal, Juan Antonio, Victor, Damian, Giovany, and Julian. Preceded in death by her parents Roberto Jimenez and Avelina Martinez. Victoria was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Visitation Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd Street, South Holland, IL. Prayer service Friday, September 24, 2021, at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home leaving for a 10 a.m. funeral mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 15746 Union Avenue, Harvey, IL. Interment Assumption Cemetery – Glenwood, IL. For more information, please call 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guestbook at

Obituary: Juana Perez Rivera

Juana Perez Rivera

November 29, 1950 – September 19, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Juana Perez RiveraJuana Perez Rivera, age 70, of South Holland, IL, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Benancio Rivera. Dear mother of Marisol (Stuart) Blumfelt, Adrian Santiago, Luis (Yamari) Perez, and Darlene (Ken) Draus. Loving grandmother of many grandchildren. Juana was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Visitation Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 12 p.m. at Infant Jesus of Prague, 1131 Douglas Avenue, Flossmoor, IL. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery – Hillside, IL. Arrangements entrusted to Smits DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home – South Holland, IL. For more information, please contact 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guest book at

Dr. Cheryl Green becomes Governors State University’s sixth president

Cheryl Green
By Josh Bootsma

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (September 21, 2021) — Dr. Cheryl Green was recently invested as president of Governors State University, making her the institution’s sixth president. Hundreds attended her investiture at the university’s Center for Performing Arts.

Cheryl Green
Dr. Cheryl Green is Governors State University’s sixth president. (Photo provided)

The ceremony included a message from Governor J.B. Pritzker before Board of Trustee Chair Lisa Harrell and Trustee Jim Kvedaras led the investiture.

“By virtue of the authority of the Board of Trustees, and with the confidence of the full board, we place the official medallion around your neck as an outward symbol of your authority and responsibility as the sixth president of Governors State University,” said Harrell.

Green is a Chicago native and has more than 30 years of experience in higher education.

According to Governors State’s website, Green has most recently served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, as Interim Chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Tennessee State University.

Green has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She also has obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manchester College — now Manchester University — in North Manchester, Indiana. She holds a National Incident Management System certificate from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Institute, has been trained in crisis intervention, and is a recognized leader in grievance mediation and conflict resolution, according to

Green’s investiture ceremony included a variety of distinguished guests and speakers.

Governor State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL.


10 more calendars; 10 more personal deliveries with Scout

I have a dog who likes to walk, and delivering calendars has given us an opportunity to walk all over Lansing this month. (Selfie by Melanie Jongsma)
by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher

LANSING, Ill. (September 21, 2021) – Since we published the 2022 Life in Lansing Calendar earlier this month, I’ve had the opportunity to meet several new people who signed up to support The Lansing Journal. All of them were already subscribers, and after enjoying the daily local reporting we do, they decided to take the next step and join our family of monthly supporters. Thank you!

As people sign up, I’ve been personally delivering their calendars. My dog Scout likes long walks, so delivering calendars this month has given us a specific purpose and destination in the mornings. Usually we simply leave the calendar on the porch or attached to the doorknob along with a thank-you note. Occasionally we get to meet these valued supporters and express our thanks in person.

Scout and I have been walking Lansing neighborhoods this month, delivering calendars to Lansing Journal supporters. Scout is a 17-month-old female sheepdog-poodle mix named after the little girl protagonist in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. (Selfie by Melanie Jongsma)

As of this writing: just 10 left

Right now there are 10 calendars sitting on my kitchen counter, ready for delivery. Once these 10 are gone, Scout and I will have to find different purposes and destinations for our daily walks.

Before September is over, will you become a monthly supporter of Lansing’s only newspaper? Your contributions help ensure that we can continue reporting about local businesses, local schools, local sports, local churches — the kinds of stories no one else is covering.

And when you use the form below, you’ll also receive one of the remaining copies of the 2022 Life in Lansing calendar. Who knows — maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of Scout and me walking up your driveway to personally deliver it to you!
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Obituary: Bridget Lundy

Bridget Lundy

September 17, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Bridget LundyBridget A. Lundy, nee Carroll, of Riverdale, IL, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021. Beloved wife of George Lundy. Loving mother of Chuck (Virginia) Hansen, Chris (Cathy) Hansen, Bari Hansen, and Cam (Starla) Hansen. Cherished grandmother of Sammie, CJ, Ray, Sabrina, and Harper Hansen; great-grandmother of Lela Hansen. Dear sister of the late Timothy Carroll, late Mike Carroll, late Mary Carroll, late Theresa (late Robert) Breeden, Helen (Roger) Lovins, Marge (late Merlin) Anderson, and Pat Carroll. Dear aunt of several nephews and nieces. Bridget was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Visitation Friday, October 1, 2021, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd Street, South Holland, IL. Prayer service Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home leaving to Christ Our Savior Catholic Church, 880 E. 154th Street, South Holland, IL for a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment St. Mary Cemetery – Evergreen Park, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimer’s Association – Chicago, IL. For more information, please contact 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guest book at