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Patricia Mary (Onofrio) Florio

Passed away on September 29, 2014 at American Village Senior Community, Indianapolis.  Born on June 25, 1925 in Chicago, IL.  Patricia attended Wells High School and the University of Chicago.  She taught elementary school at Santa Maria Addolorata.  Patricia loved the arts, particularly vocal music and was a member of various choirs including the Niles Seminary Concert Choir.  Active throughout her life in the Galewood Montclair Neighborhood, she was tenacious in working with the City of Chicago, local businesses and Chicago Public Library to successfully build a neighborhood library branch.  She wrote a column in the local news journal, was president of the Chicago Outdoor Art League and a member of Chicago Beautiful.  Patricia was preceded in death by her parents Pasquale and Mary Rose Onofrio, her husband, Nelio Anthony Florio, brothers, Angelo and Joseph Onofrio.  She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann Forseth(Martin), JoEllen Florio Rossebo, grandchildren Olivia, Lily and Collin, great granddaughter Anna, and nieces and nephews.  There will be a celebration of her life at the Carlton Hotel, Oak Park, IL at 12:00 PM on October 25, 2014.  The interment will be private.  Arrangements handled by Flanner and Buchanan-Broad Ripple.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 5, from 9:30 a.m. until prayers 11:30 a.m. at the Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 South Marion Street, in Oak Park.  Ascension Church, 808 South East Avenue., Oak Park for a funeral Mass at 12 p.m.  Interment will be private.   Click Here for more information.

Dorothy A. Tricoci
May. 8, 1924 - Jan. 30, 2013

Dorothy A. Tricoci nee Calderone, 88, lifelong resident of Forest Park. Beloved wife of the late Mario. Loving mother of John (Bridget), Rosanne (Roger) McGuin, Mario (Suzanne), Ann Marie
( Joe ) Quercia and Joanne (Wayne ). Cherished grandmother of Jim (Caroline), Joe ( Vanessa ) McGuin, John (Katie), Nick, Tony (Mary), Angela (Sal) Tricoci. Adored great grandmother of Ryan, Corey, Kyle, Vincent, Lucas and Olivia McGuin; Emily, Joseph, Jillian, Michael, Nicholas and Mia Tricoci. Fond aunt to many nieces and nephews. Special mom to Mary Lou Trombino. Dear sister of the late August (Sharon) Calderone. Visitation Sunday 1:00 —8:00 P.M. at WOODLAWN FUNERAL HOME 7750 W. Cermak Rd., Forest Park, IL. Funeral prayers 10:00 A.M. Monday going in procession to St. Bernardine Catholic Church where Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Entombment Mt. Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to www.RainbowHospice.org or Forest Park Food Pantry 7640 Jackson, Forest Park, IL 60130.

Info. 708-366-2200 or www.ZimmermanHarnett.com.

Karel Čapek
(April 23, 1930 - January 14, 2013)

Karel Čapek of Berwyn, Age 82; beloved husband of Vlasta; loving father of Karel "K.C." (Julie) Čapek and Daniela (Navid) Shadlou; proud grandfather of Mikulas, Tomas and Jonas Čapek and Navid Shadlou, Jr. Family and friends will be received at the Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 W. Cermak Rd., Westchester (2 blks W. of Mannheim Rd.) on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Service at 7 p.m. Cremation private. Marik-Baken Funeral Services Ltd. (Barbara Marik-Baken, Director) in charge of arrangements.
For further info. 708-F-U-N-E-R-A-L

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Erna May Velski, 81 years old
died peacefully on Friday. April 27th

Erna May Velski, 81 years old died peacefully on Friday. April 27that her Oak Park home. Erna was born on June 26,  1930.

She is survived by her cousins Krista Abel-Peluso, Scott Able, and Susan Abel.

Erna's passing was preceded by her parents, Fred and Mini Velski, her brother John, and sister Mathilda, her cousin's Edna Abel and William Abel.

Erna loved her pets, especially  her dog Sandy, she loved to knit and cross stitch and also loved Teddy Bears.

Erna will be missed by her loving neighbors and friends, Kate, Warren, Andrew, Trisha, Anna and Gil, Rick, Anna P, and Marie M,.

Thanks to Hospice workers, and Caregivers Shelia (mom) and Shelia (daughter), and Karen B.

Services Tuesday, 2:00 pm Friends are asked to meet at the office of the Cemetery for Chapel Service.

Concordia Cemetery
7900 W. Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: 708-366-0017 
Fax: 708-366-0196

5-Time Champion Moose Skowron Dead at 81

Moose Skowron, a five-time World Series champion and one of only two players to hit three home runs in Game 7s, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was 81.

 Skowron helped the New York Yankees win four titles in the 1950s and 1960s.
 "There weren't many better guys than Moose," said former teammate Yogi Berra, the only other player with three Game 7 homers in the Series. "He was a dear friend and a great team man. A darn good ballplayer, too."

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Eva Siljander Oller

Eva Siljander Oller a Wheaton resident of over 25 years Eva Siljander Oller, 58, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at her home. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Mark; her children, Ashley Jeffers and Taylor Oller; her grandchildren, Holly and Jason; and her siblings, Bill (Reland) Siljander, Susan Reimer and Mark (Nancy) Siljander. She was a fond aunt and cousin to many. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Evelyn Siljander.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road (one block east of Naperville Road), Wheaton. Funeral services will be Friday, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment to follow at a local cemetery.

Eva was filled with a zest for life in all things from young children to animals. She was often the center of attention, with her wild ways and day to day adventures. She was generous with her time and heart.  She had an artistic flair for creation and design.  She will be missed by all who knew her.  

Former Oak Park District 97 Superintendent Dies.

Dr. Robert John Baldauf, age 89, of Cambridge, Wisconsin passed away on
February 12, 2012 at Oak Park Place in Madison.

Robert was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on February 10, 1923, the son of Edward John and Florence (Daleiden) Baldauf.  He served his country in the U.S. Army. Robert  received his Doctorate degree from the University of Boulder Colorado. He worked as a clinical physiologist and Superintendent of School District 97 in  Oak Park, Illinois.

Robert married Marjorie Jeanne
Gedney. Marjorie preceded him in death on March 24, 2003.  Robert enjoyed and was an avid reader.
Surviving are his children: Jim Baldauf, Cambridge, WI and Ellen (Dana) Lilly, Castine, Maine, Sister:Mary Agnes Oakpal, Montgomery, IL, Grandchildren: Zachary Baldauf, Michaelen Baldauf, Payton Baldauf, Janice Lilly, Jane Lilly, and Jeanne Lilly, and Great-grandchild: Christian Lilly.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a brother Don Baldauf.
A Memorial Visitation will be held from 10AM-12PM on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 208 N. Park Street, Cambridge, WI.

Inturnment will take place in the spring at the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, Godfrey, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson, Wisconsin.


Former Oak Park Librarian Passes Away

Dilys Margaret (Roberts) Finch, 99, passed away December 24, 2011 in Lakeland, FL. Dilys was born September 27, 1912 in Ashley, PA to Griffith and Elizabeth (Jones) Roberts.

In 1938, Dilys married Edmund Palmer Finch, Jr. of Wenonah, NJ.  They raised their three children and spent most of their married life in the Chicago suburbs of Maywood and Glen Ellyn, IL. She resided in Lakeland since 2003.

Dilys graduated from Temple University with a degree in Music Education and was an active member of the American Association of University Women. She played the piano in the famed Maywood String Trio and was an expert knitter and an avid reader and swimmer.  She retired from the Oak Park, IL Public Library in 1974, where she worked as a Children’s Librarian for many years.

Dilys was very proud of her Welsh heritage and her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Edmund, and a great-grandson Gabriel Hale. She is survived by her children, Edmund P. Finch III of Winter Haven, FL, Dilys F. Hale (Stanley) of Santa Claus, IN, Griffith R. Finch (Melissa ) of Chicago, IL; five grandchildren, Evan Finch (Kathy) of Lakeland, FL, Megan Skeen (Greg) of Lakeland, FL, Donna Draper (Johnny) of Indianapolis, IN, Wesley Hale (Sanguon)of Calvary, GA, and Elizabeth Rolling (Steve) of Andalusia, AL; and nine great-grandchildren Aaron, Bryan and Colin Finch, Johnna Skeen, Ashlynn Skeen, Meredith Ward, Jasmine and Crystal Hale, and Lili FuYi Rolling.

A family memorial service will be held in mid-January in Lakeland and internment will be later in Wenonah, NJ. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to the local YMCA in her name.

Robert F. Burrows, 85, of Oak Park, died on October 12, 2011. A Navy veteran of World War II, and a very kind and compassionate man, he loved his family and friends above all. He was born in Belvidere, Il, and was an avid traveler, traversing both the Pacific Islands, and much of Europe. He returned with collectibles and Art work that enriched his life. His career in Education included being a Math/Science textbook consultant for Laidlaw Brothers and Doubleday of River Forest, in addition to serving as Math State Supervisor for Florida. Earlier in his career, he taught Elementary School in Dade County, Florida, and was one of the first elementary bilingual teachers. He had fond memories from his teaching days and was beloved by his students. He was a mainstay at the Cozy Corner Restaurant, of Oak Park, where he would often be seen drinking coffee with friends and family.

He is survived by his sons, Andy (Jay)  and Mark; his daughters: Melanie (Sean) Dunigan and Suzanne (Terry) Geyer; his grandchildren, Alan, Chris, Jack, Ian, and Trevor; and 2 nieces and a nephew and their families, as well as friends who feel this loss. He was married to Nancy Shook for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Munrow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: American Diabetes Association, Council for Secular Humanism, Disabled American Veterans, The Illinois Green Business Association and/or World Wildlife Fund.       


Gus W. Kostopulos, age 81, of Oak Park, beloved husband of Patricia, nee Morand; loving father of Elaine (John Schmelzer), Margaret (Masaru Takiguchi), Greg (Brenda Smith), Terese (Blake Beck), Peter and William; cherished grandfather of Kara, Jack, Maximilian and Katherine; dear brother of Frances (Robert) Balluff. Visitation Friday, 3 to 9 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Prayers Saturday 9:15 a.m. to Ascension Church for Mass 10 a.m. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Honor Flight Network are appreciated.

Funeral Info: 708-383-3191.

Yolanda Rotor

Yolanda Rotor, nee Rivera, formerly of Chicago. Born Tampico Mexico, and passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2011. A student of the Chicago Hair & Beauty College in down town Chicago, she moved to Huntington Beach California for two years where she worked at Fountain Valley Hospital and enjoyed the hospitable weather. Ms Rivera returned to Illinois in 1983 and was employed at Albert H. Wohlers Insurance Co. in Park Ridge. Joined Comdisco Organization located Rosemont in 1988 where she worked in the Computer Information Service group for 12 years. In 2001 she became a Customer Service Representative for United Credit Union/Alliant Credit Union. In later years, Yolanda became an accomplished freelance sports photographer & writer who covered the Indianapolis 500 Race multiple times and other Indy Racing League events for the Oak Park Journal.

Loving wife of Mark Rotor Married 1996; she is survived by  Mother Tomasa Rivera; Brother Julio (Laura) Rivera; Niece Valerie Kinney, Daniella Ancira, and Gina Marie (Medina) Ancira ; Nephew Julio Rivera Jr.; Father In-Law Mel Rotor; Sister In-Law Susan Kinney. She was preceded in death by Father Julio Rivera;  Mother In-Law Anita Rotor.

Visitation Monday, 3:30 to 8 p.m. at the Meadows Funeral Home, 3615 Kirchoff Rd., Rolling Meadows. Funeral Tuesday, 9 a.m. from chapel to Our Lady of the Wayside Church Arl. Hts., Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the Rotor family request donations to be distributed in Yolanda’s honor to her favorite charities. Funeral info, 847-253-0224 .


Wayne C. Schauer, 71, of Willow Springs. Loving husband of Sandra, nee Yost; dear father of Scott and Richard (Donna Hattey) Schauer; fond grandpa of Corey Hattey and Olivia Schauer; brother of Warren (Dorothy) and the late Terry; fond uncle and friend of many.

Wayne was an Army Veteran and owner of Schauer's Hardware and Schauer's Hallmark in Forest Park, IL. He previously owned hardware stores in Chicago and Winfield.

Visitation Sunday 3 to 8 p.m. at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside. Visitation continues Monday 10 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery.

Please omit flowers.
Funeral info: 708-352-6500.

John Phillip Sims
Born on April 22, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, John was the son of John T. Sims and Eugennia Cammon. He was raised by his mom in the Chicago, IL area. John enjoyed the social and leadership activities high school had to offer. Serving as the Student Council Vice President, he also played on the football team and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL in 1976.