Funeral Held for Deacon Killed After Fall at CTA Stop

Saturday, Apr 2, 2011  |  Updated 2:57 PM CDT
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Sally Katona-King's church leaders and her daughter reflect on the woman who was pushed down the stairs at a CTA El stop.

Sally Katona-King's church leaders and her daughter reflect on the woman who was pushed down the stairs at a CTA El stop.

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Sally Katona-King, a 68-year-old church deacon, died Tuesday, hours after being knocked down the stairs at a north side El stop by a fleeing robber.

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Roughly 200 mourners gathered Saturday morning to remember the life of a woman who was killed following a fall down the stairs at the Chicago Transit Authority's Fullerton stop this week.

A short funeral service for Sally Katona-King was held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside. 

Her daughter, Eileen Katona, said her mother was devoted to her community, praised her art of baking and lamented that so many of the plans her mother had made for the year would not happen.

A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Logan Square, where she served as deacon.

The 68-year-old was killed when a fleeing robber barreled through a group of commuters after stealing an iPhone.  Her death has been labeled a homicide.

Police are still searching for the robber.

Bishop Wayne Miller told those gathered at Saturday's service that Katona-King would want to see her killer held responsible for his actions, redeem himself and make his life better.

An updated description of the thief, released Thursday, said he's a black man between the ages of 17 and 25.  He stands between 5 feet, 11 inches and 6 feet, inches and weighs between 170 to 221 pounds.

He was wearing a black hat, blue jeans, and a black jacket with the letters "WS" written vertically on the back, police said.

Anyone with information about the man in the sketch or the incident should call detectives at 312-744-8262.

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