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Peter Traczyk

Peter Traczyk took his own life in the local forest preserves, 
much in the manner of Hemingway.

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.
Graduating in 1980 from Illinois State University with a BA in Science of Sociology, John served on the Student Governing Board and played a key role in organizing the first R.O.T.C. program at the college. While attending college, John was reacquainted with a high school classmate, Sharon Grandberry. They were married on June 16, 1984, at the Friendship Baptist Church in Chicago, IL.  They welcomed to their family a beautiful daughter, Natalee.
John enlisted in 1979 and proudly served the United States Army for the next 31 years.  In December of 2010, he retired from the Army as a Major. Working for Bristol Meyers, M&M Mars and Frito Lay, John also was the district manager for Balli Health Clubs.  In 1996, he started his own business JSN Real Estate and Financial Service, where John helped families find the perfect home.
The biggest passion in John’s life was his family. Together they enjoyed vacationing, watching movies, going out to eat, and being with good friends. John received a Master of Education from the University Of Minnesota on November 28, 2008, through the GI Bill and currently attending the College of Phoenix in the MBA program. 
A resident of Shakopee, John was 53 years young when he passed away unexpectedly the afternoon of May 19, 2011. He is loved and will be deeply missed by wife, Sharon; daughter, Natalee Sims; mother, Eugennia Allen; and other relatives and friends. Pall bearers will be Brian Smith, Jim Mitchem, William Stegeman, Jim Mandel, Steven Grandberry and Tim Flodin.
The visitation was on Monday, May 23 from 4-7 PM at Berean Baptist Church 309 East County Road 42, Burnsville and also one hour prior to the service at church. The Celebration of Life Service was on Tuesday, May 24 at 11 AM at the church. Pastor Roger Thompson will officiate. The internment is Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 AM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Arrangements made by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee Chapel www.ballardsunderfuneral.com


James (Jim) Alden Eitrheim of Pequot Lakes, MN passed away April 16, 2011 at home surrounded by his family after a 5 month struggle with cancer. He was born Feb. 21, 1933 on a farm in Baltic SD. He graduated from Augustana College in 1958 after taking two years out for service in the United States Navy. Jim served aboard the destroyer USS Rowe. On August 17, 1958 he married his college sweetheart Diane C. Johnson. Jim received his Masters of Arts in the spring of 1959 from the University of Illinois at Urbana and in the fall of that same year he began a 31 year teaching career at Oak Park and River Forest High School, in Oak Park IL.

He retired from OPRFHS in the spring of 1990 and accepted a faculty position teaching theater at The University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. Jim retired once again in 1998 after a wonderful 39 years in the teaching profession. In 2000 Jim and Diane moved to their current home in Pequot Lakes, MN.

He served for over 5 years on the Joseph Jefferson Award Committee in Chicago IL. In 1990 Jim was honored by his Alma Mater with their Outstanding Alumni Achievement and Service Award.

Throughout his life Jim has always been an active member of the Lutheran faith, serving on various committees and choirs. He is currently a member of Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Dan and Selma Eitrheim, his brother Donald, and his niece Susan Lankford.

Jim is survived by his wife Diane, son Kristofer (Eileen) of Bettendorf IA, daughter Karin (Steve) Maas of Chanhassen MN, son Erik (Dawn) of Owatonna MN, brother Norm (Clarice) of Sioux Falls SD, sister Esther (Bill) Boadwine of Baltic SD, sister-in-law Joan Eitrheim of Crooks, SD. He rejoiced in the lives of his 5 grandchildren: Greta, Ingrid, Alec, Erik & Ava, and his 9 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, MN on Saturday, May 7th,  2011 at 1:00pm with a reception to follow.

Memorials are requested to the following funds:

The Jim Eitrheim Theatre Scholarship at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

The James Eitrheim Award for Excellence in Dramatic Arts, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park , IL

Lighting for the Sanctuary at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, MN

Arrangements Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN

Dear Friends,
After a long battle with cancer,
Louise Tilden Martorana passed away peacefully
at home on April 23.
Her memorial service will be on
Saturday, April 30, NOON at
St. Paul's Bible Church
1960 W. 94th Street
Chicago, IL 60643
If you would like to send a card to Franco,
his address is:
Franco Martorana
1523 W. 104th Street
Chicago, IL 60643
Bellissima Opera

SLAUGHTER, NADINE age 80, of Orlando passed away, November 23, 2010. She was born February 11, 1930 in Ft. Monroe, VA. Nadine was truly one of God's angels on Earth and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a kid at heart who loved all the Disney parks, Sea World and going to the movies. She volunteered at the Science Center for twelve years in Kid's Town. Nadine was an active member at Central Christian Church-Disciples of Christ. Nadine was the best mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She never forgot anyone's birthday, anniversary or holiday. Sweety, we love you and will remember you forever in our hearts. Nadine is survived by her sister, Frieda; children, David, Mike, Sue and Jimmy; grandchildren, Evie, Logan, Jonathan, Maggie, Kai and Alex; great-grandchildren, Scott, Sarah, Joey, Eric and Lindsey; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Central Christian Church-Disciples of Church in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, December 12th at 2 p.m..

Nadine (Vincent) Slaughter lived in Oak Park, Illinois during World War II for a time and later in Lake Forest, Illinois.

John Gartner, Forest Park, Illinois aged 48 passed away Sunday, October 17th, 8:30pm.
John had a severe asthma attack that took his life.  He was an active member of his church and will be missed by all.  John Gartner was raised and grew up in Oak Park, Illinois.  His father was the Building Engineer large corner building at Lake street and Oak Park Avenue, where the old Walker's Hardware used to be (South-East corner).  His sisters Susie and Joan were active members of the Oak Park Area Jaycees for years until it was dissolved more than a decade ago.  John and his family helped many families in need through fund raiser hosted by the Jaycee's for many a year.  He is survived by his two sisters Joan and Susie, his mother Mary Ann and nephew Casey Gartner.

Memorial service is on October 30, 2010 at United Lutheran church, 409 Greenfield, across from Hatch School in Oak Park.

Lois C. Anderson, age 79, died on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at her home in Horicon surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer.

A private graveside service will be held at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois.

The former Lois Carletta Jinerson was born on March 5, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois to Carl L. and Loretta M. (Pearson) Jinerson. She worked at Rizza Ford / Acura for 25 years. She taught many life lessons to her children; always help someone less fortunate, show unconditional love, be accepting and considerate, and keep your tolerance level high. Her legacy is one of love. Lois was a tough woman with a huge heart.

Survivors are her beloved husband, Ronald L. Anderson, children, Karen L. (Andrew Sabatke) Anderson and Rodney Anderson, grandchildren, Aubrey R. Anderson, Richard R. Mora, Bianca C. (Michael Hawkins) Mora, and Jon Sabatke, great grandson, Owen R. Hawkins. She was also a second mother to Barbie Wambach, a best friend of Karen, and her dog, Hoolie. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Loretta, and her dogs, Murphy, Monty, Savannah and Penny.

The Murray Funeral Home, 716 Clinton Street in Horicon, is caring for the family. To leave condolences, for directions, or for other information, please visit our website at www.MurrayFH.com.

Anita L. Rotor
Of Arlington Heights

Anita L. Rotor was born in Chicago to Charles and Anna Salas. She passed away on Friday, September 24, 2010.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Melvin Rotor whom she married on November 19, 1955; her children, Sue (Fred Techert) Kinney, and Mark (Yolanda) Rotor; her granddaughter, Valerie Kinney; and her brothers, Robert (Helen) Salas and Richard Salas.

Anita is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation is from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd., (4 blocks south of Palatine Rd.) Arlington Heights 60004. Prayers 8:45 AM, Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., to Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 440 S. Mitchell, Arlington Heights 60005 for Mass at 9:30 AM. Burial is at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

Anita carries on the tradition started by her mother of doing charity work, which included volunteering with the Clearbrook Retail Store, made countless contributions to Hawthorn Woods Womens Club, Veterans, and animal protection organizations.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, 1114 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004 or The Clearbrook Center, 1835 W. Central, Arlington Hts. Il 60005

Glueckert Funeral Home
(847) 253-0168
1520 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

August 15, 2010

Stephen Devereux Vernon, 30, beloved son of Christine (Gawne) and Robert Vernon, loving brother to Martin (Christina Mickens) and Maureen (Martin Finn). Loving fiancé of Jennifer Kiefer. Survived by many devoted aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson. Graduate of Fenwick ('98), U of I, and John Marshall Law School. Suddenly, from complications from achalasia.

Visitation at Drechsler Brown and Williams, 3-9pm on Friday. Visitation at
St. Catherine-St. Lucy 10am Saturday, followed by 11am Mass. Internment private.

Stephen Devereux Vernon, age 30, of Chicago, suddenly from complications of Achalasia; loving son of Christine, nee Gawne and Robert Vernon; cherished brother of Martin (Christina Mickens) and Maureen (Martin Finn) Vernon; beloved fiancée of Jennifer Kiefer; dear nephew of Bernard B., Jr. M.D. (Suzanne) Gawne, Judith G. (Gene) Krebs, Kevin R. (Mary Beth) Gawne, Stephen R. Gawne M.D., David G. Gawne, Martin C. (Jean DeFrancesco) Gawne, Matthew F. (Linda) Gawne and the late Marijo Gawne; fond cousin of many. Stephen was an attorney with Hinshaw and Culbertson in Chicago. Visitation Friday, 3 to 9 p.m., at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park and Saturday, 10 a.m. until time of Mass, 11 a.m., at St. Catherine of Siena - St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Oak Park -River Forest Community Foundation for the Benefit of the Duke Gawne Scholarship Fund or Hoop Stars Tutoring Program are appreciated.

May 6, 2010

Sullivan, William J.

William J. Sullivan, 87, longtime Oak Park resident, died on May 6 after a brief illness.

Bill was the long-time manager of the Pendleton Woolens Shop in the Palmer House Arcade.  Born in Sioux Falls, SD, he spent his middle years in Ashland, WI where he worked as a cub reporter for the Ashland Daily Press.  After serving in both WWII and Korea, he obtained a Marketing degree from DePaul University.  He joined his uncle as a sales representative with Glasgo Ltd., a high-end menswear woolen company.  He retired from Pendleton after 23 years in 1996.  A self-proclaimed “bon-vivant,” Bill met and married the elegant former model, Elenore Smith, in 1961, with whom he had two children, both graduates of Oak Park River Forest High School.  His sister, Margaret Anne Sullivan, was a graduate of Rosary College (now Domincan University).

A fixture at St. Catherine – St. Lucy parish in Oak Park, Bill sang bass in the choir for many years, including at Pope John Paul II’s Mass in Grant Park in 1979.  He was an honest and good man, dedicated to the success of his children.  He will be remembered by his daughter, Anne T. Sullivan, AIA and son William B. Sullivan, JD, Bill Jr.’s lovely wife Cheryl and their children Cali Cecile, Megan Ellen and Patrick Bernard Sullivan.

An “Irish Wake” will be held for Bill on Friday May 14 followed the next day by a Funeral Mass at St. Catherine’s.  Private internment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Catherine - St. Lucy Parish for the construction of an access ramp. 37 N. Austin Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60304.

Sullivan, William J.

William J. Sullivan, age 87, of Oak Park, veteran U.S. Army, WW II and Korea; beloved husband of the (late) elegant Elenore nee Smith; cherished father of Anne Tonia and William B. (Cheryl) Sullivan; loving Grumpa of Cali Cecile, Megan Ellen and Patrick Bernard Sullivan; dear brother of the late Margaret Anne Sullivan. Long-time manager of the Pendleton Shop in the Palmer House.  An “Irish Wake” will be held at Molly Malone’s, 7652 Madison St., Forest Park, on Friday May 14th from 7 to 10 p.m. On Saturday Visitation 10 a.m. until time of Mass 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena - St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park. Private interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Catherine - St. Lucy Church are appreciated.
Funeral info: 708-383-3191.

Anthony John Ambrose
15 years old
Died on or about June 11th

The smiling much loved young man,  without warning,  ended his life to the  dismay  of
thousands.   In  the United States alone more  people  perish each  year  from their  own
direct actions, than die from homicide.     The most common reason stated is "undiagnosed depression."  This is a tremendous tragedy that effects us as a nation and as a people, and help is out there if you seek it.  We offer our sympathy to the
entire family and the many who loved this young man.

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Anthony John Ambrose, beloved son of
Anthony L. and Cheryl M., nee Doherty; fond grandson of John and the late Jeanne nee Fergus Doherty and the late Anna nee Grande and Anthony Ambrose; loving brother of Lauren M.; fond nephew and cousin of many. Funeral Monday 8:30 a.m. from Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge to St. Monica Church. Mass 10 a.m. Entombment Christ the King Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 1 to 8 p.m. 708-456-8300 or www.cumberlandchapels.com

Paul Harvey (black-white) and Paul and his wife Lynne Cooper Harvey

Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009), known by all of his radio listeners as Paul Harvey.  His well known iconic renditions of the news, with his stylized emphasis on key phrases and a manner of presentation that over his many years of broadcasting became a welcomed voice to millions of listeners.  Mr. Harvey died on
February 28th of this year in Phoenix, Arizona.  His beloved wife Lynne "Angel" Cooper Harvey died last year.  They had a son, Paul Harvey Jr, and his son had written a book
on some of his dad's well known stories called:  "The Rest of the Story".  The book is
still available in several formats and printings from amazon.com

Paul Harvey Aurandt in 1933, started working at KVOO radio in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
he later went on the ABC radio networks and was heard each day at noon.  I used to
listen each day to Mr. Harvey for many years and also enjoyed his book written in
the manner of daily "The Rest of the Story" tales, always entertaining and mostly
accurate.  His voice and soul will be missed from the airwaves.

Website    http://www.paulharvey.com

YouTube Video of a 1 minute Paul Harvey Clip

Autumn of Liberty. Garden City, New York: Hanover House, 1954.
The Rest of the Story. Garden City, New York: Hanover House, 1956.
Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor. Waco, Texas: Word Books, 1975.
Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1977. ISBN 0-385-12768-5
More of Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story. New York: William Morrow, 1980,
   ISBN 0-688-03669-4
Destiny: From Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story. New York: William Morrow, 1983,
   ISBN 0-688-02205-7
Paul Harvey's For What It's Worth. New York: Bantam Books, 1991, ISBN 0-553-07720-1.


October 2008

Jordan A. Moore-Fields, 19, of Oak Park

Jordan A. Moore-Fields was a passenger in the back seat of 1996 Honda when
the driver crossed the median of the highway and crashed the car.  Jordan A. Moore-Fields was not wearing his seat belt at the time and was pronounced dead
Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The driver, Edward
Prevatt (21 year old from Trinidad) is thought to have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The driver and two other male passengers only recieved minor scrapes from the
accident and were released at the hospital.  The accident happened at about
10:20 p.m. on Interstate 91 near the town of Holyoke.  The students had been
visiting a friend in Baltimore, Maryland and were headed back to school.

State police gave no indication of drugs or alcohol being involved.  Police do
note that many of these types of accidents are often the result of kids driving
too late and too tired to be behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Jordan A. Moore-Fields went to Oak Park & River Forest High School and
work on the school newspaper, ending up as a news editor for the weekly school
paper.  He also was helpful in working with other young black male students
by being a member of Oak Park & River Forest High School's Minority Achievement Committee. He had not declared a major at Amherst College,
but his indications were in the direction of  being a political consultant.

Jordan Moore-Fields leaves behind a father, his mother, Ms. Jacqueline Moore.
He also had a brother at Oak Park & River Forest High School (Merrick) and
twin sisters (Lindsey and Kendal).

Notice from Amherst College

Amherst Students May Leave Memorial Comments Here

June 25, 2008

Marcel David Fremont, 29, of Oak Park, IL

Marcel David Fremont, 29, of Oak Park, IL and St. Louis, MO. Son of
Frede(rick) and Veronica Fremont (Kuehn). Brother to Nathaniel Fremont.
Grandson of Regina Kuehn and the late Heinz Kuehn, Henry Fremont and
June Fremont. Nephew of Angelika, Birgitta, Brian, Clement, Elisabeth,
Christopher, Lynn, Gloria, Bill, Sue, John, Bruce, Katie, Nancy, Jim,
Penny, Albert, David and Kyunghee. Cousin to Jenny, Erica, Aaron,
Orchid, Sophia, Johanna, Sarah, Steve, Kate, Caroline, Charlie, Lisa,
David, Kate, Alex, Bridget, Gordon, Gavin, and Arim. Uncle to Christian
and Buckminster. Killed on June 25, 2008 when his motorcycle collided
with a truck in northern Montana. Marcel attended Ascension Grammar
School and graduated from OPRFHS in Oak Park, IL in 1997. He graduated
from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2001. He was to begin
his doctoral studies in neuroscience at Washington University, St.
Louis, and was traveling around the country to visit family and friends.
His love and kindness are carried in the hearts of all who knew him.
Funeral mass was held at Ascension Church in Oak Park on July 1, with
interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.

March 11, 2008
James Leslie Kaeding, 67

Former Oak Park resident, James Leslie Kaeding, 67, of Bellevue, WA, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 after a lengthy illness. Jim was born July 30, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Burnell and Lois (Ehlert) Kaeding. Survived by his wife of 44 years, Caroline Barrett Kaeding; his daughter Lisa Weber (Ken Nichols) of Bellevue; son Erik (Kristina) of Renton; three granddaughters: Kelsey and Liliana Kaeding and Amy Nichols; brothers, Richard Kaeding (Darlene) of Burbank, IL and Douglas Kaeding (Carolyn) of Klamath Falls, OR as well as numerous nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Kaeding.

A celebration of life will held Saturday, March 29th at 11:30 AM at Glen Acres
Golf Club in Seattle.

Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Hospice www.evergreenhealthcare.org or American Lung Association.

March  4, 2008
Courtney Coolidge Ryan

Courtney Ryan 43 (nee Coolidge) Dir.of Admin. for Coldwell Banker passed away
March 1st after a valiant battle with leukemia.   She was the loving and proud
parent of Sara, an honor roll student and athlete.    She leaves behind her mother Virginia Coolidge, sisters Laurie Coolidge, and Cristen Vincent (Edward) of Oak Park, brother Bruce Coolidge (Jane), Aunt to Katie and Tom, of Sacramento. Courtney was
a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Purdue University.  She loved life, her daughter, playing pool, and sailing the Caribbean.

Donations to the National Bone Marrow Donor Prog @ www.marrow.org
are requested. Waked on Friday, March 7th, from 2 to 8 pm.   A memorial service will follow.  The wake will be at Tews Funeral Home, 18230 S. Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL  708 798 5300.

Guest Book for Courtney's Family and Friends

Extended Photos and Notes

Cook County Board President John H. Stroger, Jr. in 2002 in Forest Park
Story of Local Badge Meeting and the Efforts of John Stroger

January 18, 2008

President’s Statement on Passing of John H. Stroger, Jr.

CHICAGO, Illinois – Cook County Board President Todd H. Stroger today released this statement regarding the passing of his father, former Cook County Board President John H. Stroger, Jr., who
died at 8:00 a.m. this morning at Warren Barr Pavilion in Chicago of complications related to a stroke suffered in 2006.

“Today, my family mourns the passing of my father, John H. Stroger, Jr., loving husband, devoted father and outstanding public servant. He dedicated his life to his family and gave generously of himself as an elected official. His love for this County knew no bounds and he will be deeply missed.”

John Stroger served as Cook County Commissioner from 1970 to 2006, and as County Board President from 1994 to 2006. He suffered a stroke the week before he won a primary race in his reelection bid for President in March 2006, and formally resigned from that office later that summer. During his service
as commissioner, President Stroger chaired every major board committee, including Health & Hospitals, Building & Zoning, and Finance. He also served as president of the National Association of Counties,
the nation’s premier advocacy group for county governments in the United States.

Access to health care was a critical issue for John Stroger. He held a number of important positions as advisor and advocate with health care organizations, including the Chicago Metropolitan Healthcare Council. He was a powerful advocate for the County’s acquisition of Provident Hospital, and worked tirelessly to win approval for the construction of a new County hospital which now bears his name.

Among his other achievements, President Stroger spearheaded the creation of a Boot Camp option for non-violent adult offenders and played a critical role in the creation of the County’s 911 emergency center.

The President’s commitment to public service was born of his experience as a child of the Great Depression and his lifelong commitment to his faith.

President Stroger will not be taking questions from the media on the passing of his father at this time.
It is respectfully requested that the media allow the family the opportunity to quietly mourn their loss.


Wake                                                                           Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Noon until 8:00 p.m

St. Columbanus Church

331 East 71st Street

Chicago, Illinois


Viewing                                                                        Wednesday, January 23, 2008

                                                9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

                                                St. Felicitas Church

                                                1526 E. 84th Street


Mass                                                                            Wednesday, January 23, 2008

11 a.m.

St. Felicitas


Details regarding the internment will be announced at St. Felicitas on the day of the mass.



Pearl Baer Hadfield, a longtime resident of The Army Retirement Community in San Antonio, TX
passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2007.
  She was born in Chicago, IL, on September 13, 1907, to Charles Frederick Baer and Matilda Lucas Baer.  The family moved to Oak Park where she was educated
at Longfellow Grade School, Oak Park, River Forest High School, and the University of Chicago
. On April 18, 1930 she married William Albert Hadfield, also a resident of Oak Park.  The Hadfields soon settled in Hinsdale, IL, to raise their three daughters.  When the Illinois National Guard, which her husband had joined, was called to Federal service in 1941, Mrs. Hadfield packed up and followed the division to Camp Forest, TN, where they were training.  During the next two years the family moved to Lawton, OK; Yakima, WA; Olympia, WA; Twenty-nine Palms, CA; and Palm Springs, CA, following then Captain Hadfield’s unit each time it was transferred.  When the Illinois 33rd Division was sent to the Pacific, Mrs. Hadfield and her three daughters returned to Hinsdale to wait out the war. During the next two decades Col. Hadfield’s assignments took the family to Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Knox, KY; Fort Leavenworth, KS; Fort Sill, OK; and Washington, D.C., with overseas tours in Germany and Turkey.  Mrs. Hadfield was active in volunteer work at various military hospitals as a Gray Lady, and in post thrift shops.  She was an avid horsewoman and played golf for many years.  After Colonel Hadfield retired from the Army in 1962 they lived in Lawton, OK for ten years, then in eastern Oklahoma near Tahlequah for ten years, and finally settled in Windcrest in San Antonio in 1982, moving to the Army Retirement Community in 1987.  The Hadfields were happily married for 58 years until his death in 1988. Pearl Hadfield is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Semsch of Charlottesville, VA, and Virginia Berry and her husband David of DeSoto, MO; fourteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.  Her youngest daughter, Joan Smith, passed away in 1994. Memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of your choice. She will be buried next to her husband at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX. 

You are invited to sign The guestbook at  www.porterloring.com

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Adrienne Gordon Dies, December 12, 2007


                               Andrew Foldi
                     July 20, 1926 - November 21, 2007
      Retired Director of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists
                   at Lyric Opera of Chicago (1991-95),
                   internationally renowned opera singer

Andrew Foldi, retired director of the Lyric Opera Center for American
Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago (1991-95) and internationally renowned
opera singer, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Federal Way, Washington,
following complications of a stroke. He was 81.

Foldi began his career in the 1950s singing a wide variety of bass and
bass-baritone roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He eventually became a
celebrated interpreter of the most important comic roles of Mozart and
Rossini. In more than 40 years onstage, however, he scored his greatest
successes in a 20th-century work, Alban Berg’s Lulu.  In that opera, his
definitive interpretation of a particularly challenging character, the
elusive Schigolch, was acclaimed at Lyric Opera of Chicago (1987-88
season), at the Metropolitan Opera, and more than 100 times in 17
productions at major opera houses worldwide.

Foldi was a leading member of Chicago’s music community in opera and
education for more than 50 years. He appeared at Lyric in 1954 – the
company’s inaugural season – and in eight subsequent seasons (most recently
1992-93), performing more than 20 roles. He also served as director of the
Lyric Opera Center for American Artists (now The Patrick G. and Shirley W.
Ryan Opera Center) for four years under Lyric’s late general director,
Ardis Krainik. Some of the singers in Lyric’s program who were mentored by
Foldi and have since developed major careers are soprano Emily Magee,
mezzo-sopranos Nancy Maultsby and Patricia Risley, and tenors Rodrick Dixon
and Matthew Polenzani.

When announcing his plans to retire, Krainik said, “During Andrew Foldi’s
all too brief but most fruitful tenure here, the Opera Center has achieved
new levels of artistic achievement and prestige in the field of opera.”

For the decade prior to his directorship of Lyric’s Opera Center, Foldi
served as chairman and artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of
Music’s opera department. At that time he also performed internationally
and directed opera productions both locally and nationally.

Foldi was born in Budapest to a highly musical family, His astute
grandmother (a concert-level pianist who studied with Franz Liszt)
recognized the one-year-old’s musical talents and his perfect pitch – the
pre-verbal Foldi could hum music in its original key. Foldi fled Hungary in
1939 at age 13 and moved to Chicago with surviving family members. In the
1940s he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in musicology from the
University of Chicago, where he subsequently taught adult music education.
In 1947 he worked as music critic for the Chicago Times newspaper.

Ultimately, Foldi “united his innate abilities and his formal musical
training with superb dramatic talents to realize his performing career as a
consummate singer-actor,” said his daughter Nancy. Over the course of four
decades – from 1954 to 1993 – Foldi sang 22 highly varied roles at Lyric
Opera, among them Biondello/Giannini’s The Taming of the Shrew (debut),
Antonio/Le nozze di Figaro, Masetto/Don Giovanni, Dr. Alidoro/La
Cenerentola,  Dr. Grenvil/La traviata,  Tom/Un ballo in maschera,
Sciarrone/Tosca, Benoit/La bohème, Sancho Panza/Don Quichotte, the Mayor/
Jenửfa, and Schigolch/Lulu.

Schigolch was Foldi’s signature role, for which he was hailed as
“brilliant” (Harold Schonberg, The New York Times) and “unforgettable”
(Paul Hume, The Washington Post). Besides Lyric Opera’s production, he sang
Schigolch in New York (Metropolitan Opera company premiere), Zurich, Santa
Fe (1980 American premiere of the complete three-act version), San
Francisco, Spoleto, Amsterdam, Geneva, and Florence.

Nationally and internationally, Foldi performed extensively over the years
with Santa Fe Opera (1957 inaugural season through the 1980s), San
Francisco Opera, Zurich Opera, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper,
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Brussels’s
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, and Geneva’s Grand Théâtre, among others.
Foldi’s portrayal was seen nationwide on PBS in the Metropolitan Opera’s
Lulu production (1980). Among other roles with the Met were Alberich/Ring
cycle, Beckmesser/Die Meistersinger, Dr. Bartolo/Le nozze di Figaro and Il
barbiere di Siviglia, Dansker/Billy Budd (company premiere), the Bailiff/
Werther, and Sacristan/Tosca. In all, his operatic repertoire encompassed
more than 100 roles.

Foldi’s concert engagements included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with
Rafael Kubelik and James Levine (Ravinia Festival); Amsterdam’s
Concertgebouw with Bernard Haitink; Boston Symphony Orchestra with Seiji
Ozawa; Munich’s Bavarian Radio Orchestra; and the Cleveland Orchestra at
Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall with Christoph von Dohnányi.

Andrew Foldi is survived by his wife, Marta Justus Foldi of Federal Way,
Washington; his children David Foldi, of Geneva, Switzerland, and Nancy
Foldi of New York City. He is also survived by his first wife, Leona Foldi
of Geneva; stepsons Christopher Hancock of Seattle, and Gregory Hancock of
Baltimore; mother-in-law, Madeline Justus; and five grandchildren


Mr. Newton Hallett Ketcham, age 90, died peacefully at his residence in Cary, North Carolina,
on September 18, 2007.

Mr. Ketcham was born in Oak Park, Illinois on October 4, 1916, the son of Ray and Vivian Ketcham.  After graduating from Oak Park High School, Newton attended the University of Michigan, where he played trumpet with the UM marching band, excelled as a student, and was awarded a Bachelor’s
degree in Chemistry. Mr. Ketcham continued his education at Harvard University, where he was awarded a Master of Science degree, specializing in Industrial Engineering.

Newton Ketcham was a dedicated professional in the field of Industrial Hygiene and environmental awareness and protection. His entire career was spent as an employee of Union Carbide Corporation,
in positions of progressively significant responsibility. Mr. and Mrs. Ketcham lived and worked in New York City, Oak Ridge Tennessee, and then in South Charleston, WV, where their four children were raised.  Upon retirement from Union Carbide Corporation, Mr. Ketcham performed consultation services, specializing in asbestos removal. Later in retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Ketcham moved to Wilmington, North Carolina to enjoy the ocean and be close to his beloved sister and brother-in-law.

To his children, Newton Ketcham was a devoted father. He taught his children to work hard, be self-sufficient, enjoy and respect the environment, love animals, and adhere to strong values. He taught each of his four children to swim, fish, golf, to make beautiful things out of wood, fix things that others had discarded, and of course, to have their rooms clean before they went out to play.

To his wife of 63 years, Newton was a partner, a friend, and a faithful provider. In later life, Newton relied on Henrietta for help and support, which she provided until her death in April, 2006.

During his last year and a half of life, Mr. Ketcham lived in Cary, North Carolina where he was able to be close to his youngest son, Bill and his family.

Henrietta and Newton Ketcham had many dear friends, both in South Charleston and Wilmington. He
is survived by his children Ray Ketcham, MD, Jane Ketcham, Lynn Woods and William Ketcham, MD, his daughter-law Anita Ketcham, his sister Eleanor Stewart, his brother-in-law William Stewart, MD;
and his grandchildren Justin, Shay, Eric, Shannon, Brian, Caitlin, Amy, Emmy, and Max.

Mr. Ketcham donated his body to Duke University’s Anatomical Gifts Program, as did his beloved wife Henrietta. Donations in their honor may be made to Duke University or a local Hospice program.

Lora Aborn Busck

Lora Aborn Busck, 98, a 75 year resident of Oak Park and
River Forest died August 25, 2005.

She was born May 30, 1907 in New York City, the daughter
of Collins Walton and Georgia (nee
Emery)Aborn. She is
survived by two daughters,
Chatka (Anthony) Ruggiero
of River Forest and
Erika (Arthur) Poletti of Western Springs.
grandchi1dren — Emerson (Isla) Bolen of River Forest,
Clifford (Denise) Bolen of Naperville,
Lawrence Bolen of
Round Lake Beach, Nicole
Poletti of Clarenden Hills, and
Danielle Poletti
of Denver, Colorado.  Six great—grandchildren —
Emerson Jr, Bradford & Patrick Bolen, Amanda, Lindsey &
Mitchell Bolen.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry.

Despite all the accolades, she was always modest about her
accomplishments. At age 93, she
started art classes offered
by the Senior
Citizen’s Center of OPRF. Her artwork was
displayed at various public places.  She recently passed her
annual driver’s test and
every year the testers exclaimed she
was one of 
the best drivers they had ever seen. She always
insisted upon driving her old standard shift car.

There will be a private service and internment in Crystal Lake,
Connecticut. An Oak Park
memorial “Celebration of Life” is
being planned.

Drechsler, Brown, & Williams Funeral Home, Oak Park is
handling the funeral arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Care
League. 1013 Garfield St. Oak Park, Il.


Lora Aborn began music studies at the Effa Ellis Perfield
School of Music in New York City,
studying piano, music
theory and composition. 
Upon her mother’s death she was
sent to live
with her maternal aunt in California where she
stayed through 4 years of high school. There she studied
piano and voice, played with the school
orchestra and
chorus and a 4-piece jazz band
earning her first “money”.

As her mother had planned, she attended Oberlin Conservatory
where a talent for composing was
recognized and she was
taught privately and
generously in composition by Dr.
George W.
Andrews, dean of the school.

Continuing her studies at the American Conservatory in
Chicago she was awarded the gold
medal for composition
when she graduated. She
continued studying under her
teacher, John Palmer, as a protege for many

Miss Aborn has written in all catagories: ballet, voice
(solo and choral), instrumental,
piano, organ, opera,
orchestra and varied
chamber works.

Lora Aborn, Composer, was for many years organist
and director of music at the Unitarian
Church, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity
Temple, where
she was composer-in-residence.

Miss Aborn’s music has been played in various forms
throughout the United States, in Europe
and in China,
and she was named in the top list
of American women

Among her commissioned works are five full length ballets
and many solo dances for Walter
Camryn, Bentley Stone,
Ruth Page and the Chicago
Grand Opera Ballet Company,
two commissioned
works for the Chicago Chamber Choir
and “The
Mystic Trumpeter” for trumpet solo, baritone
and organ, commissioned by Dexter Bailey, concert organist.
“The Mystic Trumpeter” with
text by Walt Whitman was
transcribed for
orchestra, trumpet and voice and first played
The Lake Forest Symphony in 1980 with Victor Aitay
conducting, and by Oak Park-River Forest
Symphony in
1982, Perry Crafton conducting. In
1987 the ballet score
“In My Landscape” was
performed by the Oak Park
Symphony with Robert
Smith, narrator.

As a lifetime composer, Miss Aborn’s compositions include
works in all fields. One
of her special joys has been writing
vocal solos
and choral works, to texts of her own choosing
for the church services over more than forty years.

Three of Lora’s compositions are featured on the CD
“My Native Land”, (1997) A collection of
American Songs,
performed by Jennifer Larmore,
world—renowned mezz
-soprano. The works are:
T’is Winter Now, Shall I Compare
Thee To A
Summer’s Day, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy

Lora Aborn career highlights First public performance at age
ten playing a
short program of her own compositions at
Wannamaker Hall in New York City.

The first of Carnegie Hall performances began with CAPRICCIO
Commissioned by the Chicago
Grand Opera Ballet
to compose the music for AMERICAN WOMAN.

World premier performance of FUGUE IN YELLOW at the Mexico
City Opera House. 
Sponsored by Sigmund Spaeth to membership
in the
National Association of Composers and Conductors.

first performance in Town Hall with Silvio & Isabel Scionti at the piano.

First performance of the ballet REUNION given at the National
Dance Festival Jacobs Pillow, Mass
and taken on tour immediately
following, by the
Chicago Grand Opera Ballet.

The ballet STRANGE NEW STREET given its first performance at the
Illinois Dance Festival with
John Kriza and Ruth Ann Koesun of the
Ballet Theater in lead roles.  SONG OF LIFE for strings,
percussion, organ,
baritone solo and chorus was commissioned by the
Chicago Chamber Choir.

GIFT OF THE MAGI and MITTY, both one-act operas, have been
received with enthusiastic approval.

Francesco Ribaudo  2005
Accomplished painter, art historian and expert restorer passes quietly

    To his neighbors and most fellow Oak Parkers 74-year-old
Francesco Ribaudo likely was just a fleeting curiosity as he passed
them on the street, the top down on his candy apple red, 1973 Mustang
convertible. But when he quietly passed away late in the evening of
June 13, the community – and the world – lost an accomplished
painter, art historian and expert restorer of priceless art.

    Quiet had not been his style since long before he arrived in the
United States in 1967 via a special act of Congress that allowed him to
bypass immigration restrictions. His reputation in Italy prompted
then powerful Chicago Democratic Congressman Frank Annunzio to
personally introduce special legislation to give Francesco easy entry into
the country.

Congressman Annunzio's willingness to go to such lengths was not
surprising. At only 36 years old Francesco's resume boasted being
the third generation of an Italian family that had long ago debunked
the stereotype of starving artists depending on the generosity of patrons.
To the Ribaudos, art was a profitable business – an attitude and point
of view that would shape Francesco's work in Chicago until his recent

    Despite his artist's inclination toward flamboyance and overstatement
 – and coolness toward the typical conservatism of the church – Francesco
quickly became a favorite of the Chicago archdiocese and area Catholic
churches.  His skills were in demand soon after his arrival in America
and he was commissioned to do portraits of John Cardinal Cody, the
mother of Cardinal Joseph Bernadine and many others.

The Galleria Italia he opened on tree-lined Oak Park Avenue became
a venue for creating an active private teaching practice and art restoration
business. He taught scores of budding artists the science, the math
and the spirit of painting he had learned working closely with his
father and grandfather, and through his professional training in Rome.
His home on North Marion Street in Oak Park also became the site of
frequent social gatherings of the region's art community, where he regaled
his guests with original poetry and impromptu compositions on the piano.

    Francesco was born in 1931 in Naples, Italy, the third of seven children
of Bianca Sorrentino and Luigi Ribaudo. He knew no other life than that
of a painter. Luigi, an accomplished artist long before the birth of his
third child, had learned his trade at the side of his father, Benedetto,
whose skills immortalizing members of the Italian gentry in oils and
decorating villas, public buildings, churches and museums with intricate
frescos, had earned him widespread recognition and a comfortable living.

    Benedetto's acclaim provided entry into the working world of art not
only for Luigi, but for his other sons as well. While Luigi followed his
father into the traditional aspects of Italy's art market, his brothers, Mario
and Fernando, discovered a profitable niche painting elaborate stylized
posters for the thriving pre-war movie houses of Rome.

    Francesco stayed close to the traditional concept of art embraced by
his father and grandfather. He would go on to study at the Accademia Delle
Belle Arti in Rome and join the family business that had moved to the
Mediterranean port city of Genova in Northern Italy when Francesco
was a young boy.

    Ever the adventurer, Francesco already had big ideas when he met
Mirella Traverso, who would become his wife in 1956 and bear him three
children over the next four years. Mirella, the youngest daughter of a
prominent Genova judge and a budding sculptor in her own right,
provided balance in his life.
When a former student of his grandfather
returned for a visit from New York City and told Francesco of the
opportunities abroad, he knew he would have to see for himself. By
the time Francesco came to the United States for a visit, the friend, Mario
Spampinato, had moved to Chicago and begun to make a name for
himself as a sculptor. Mario's brother, Clemente, had found considerable
success in the New York City art world, so Mario came to Chicago to
make his own mark.

    Francesco and Mario remained fast friends until Mario's death in
recent years. Perhaps facing his own mortality for the first time, the
pace of Francesco's life slowed. He died quietly at the University of
Illinois Medical Center with his family at his side.

    A private service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made in his name to UIC-Gild-UIF, College of Medicine, Office of
Advancement, MC792, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago,
Illinois 60608-1203.

Marlene Dreher
June 23, 2004

Marlene Dreher, 67, beloved daughter of Henry and Irene Manfredini, sister of Dolores Timble passed away Wednesday June 23 at Loyola University Hospital. She was a lifetime resident of Oak Park. She is remembered as a friend and caregiver, lending her time, talents, energy and ear to friends, family and Oak Park institutions. Marlene worked at AT&T for 35 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member and one time President of the Telephone Pioneers of America and a long-time volunteer at West Suburban Hospital. She is survived by her nephews Mike, Steve, James and Robert Timble, cousins Dominic Galassini, Joanne Scaletta, Donna-Marie Trimble and her great-nieces and nephews Jack, Kate, Veronica and Rumeur. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Suburban Hospital Volunteer Fund in Oak Park.


November 30, 2003

Al Smith, of Oak Park, long time owner of the Al Smith Sport and Ski Shoppe.
has died.  Mr. Smith had the best quality goods for sports of all kinds for many
years in Oak Park and people from all over came to buy their equipment for 
skating and skiing, to name but a few of items for sale.  Al Smith later moved
his store from the Mall in Oak Park (located on Marion across from the Cyber 
Cafe).  He moved his new store to Harlem Avenue, near to where to old 
Arby’s Beef was.  The original business had been a Bicycle Shop run by the 
Bernard Brothers for years.  

Mr. Smith moved into the Schwinn Bicycle shop run by the Bernard's and
did business there for a short time before retiring.  One of the things that 
distinguished Mr. Smith was that he not only had good quality products, 
but people working for him that actually knew and understood what they 
were selling.

Visitation Monday 2 to 9 p.m. at Drechsler Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., 
Oak Park. Funeral Tuesday 10 a.m. to St. Edmund Church for Mass at 10:30 a.m. 
Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Funeral info: 708-383-3191.

Richard Otto                   Obituary

Richard Otto, longtime Oak Park resident and well-known Chicago pianist
and vocal accompanist, died October 2 at West Suburban Hospital, from complications due to lung cancer. He was 76. Born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, he had early success across that state as a pianist, and came to Chicago after high school to attend Chicago Musical College. He graduated with both bachelor¹s and master¹s degrees, as a piano student of director Rudolf Ganz, and later did postgraduate work in choral conducting with Fred Waring and Robert Shaw.

Dick Otto¹s career embraced solo keyboard performance, cabaret and musical theater, and recital collaboration with many singers, notably the baritone Ronald Rogers and sopranos Jan McArt and Gale Gill, with whom he delivered literally hundreds of performances across the US and Canada. Otto directed many choirs around Chicago, and during the 60s served as director of music for Hull House, as well
as for Hull House¹s summer art and music camp.

In recent years his musical attentions served The Danish Home, an ethnic retirement home in Norwood Park where he performed regularly.

A larger-than-life, hearty fellow, Dick Otto was predeceased by his longtime companion Robert Jacobson, a lifetime resident of north East Avenue. He is survived by his brother, Paul, and sister, Joan, both of Wisconsin, and leaves many friends, notably Ellen Andersen of Lenox Street in Oak Park, his sole piano student. ³One day back in the mid-80s this unfamiliar man started gabbing with me loudly at the meat counter of Villager Foods,² she recalls,  ³and within a couple weeks we had commenced piano lessons. He soon became my close friend for life.²

A memorial service was held at United Lutheran Church on Tuesday, October 7, with Pastor Mark Reshan officiating.

                     Peter Kristian Mose
                     (Toronto music critic; son of
                     Ellen Andersen)

Mr. Don Duncan
Public memorial service to honor Don and Donna Duncan
Sat., Aug. 23, 2003, 6 p.m.
Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave. in Bartlesville, Okla.

(Bartlesville, Okla.): Price Tower Arts Center will host a public memorial service in honor of the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Duncan, Jr. of Bartlesville, Okla., on Sat., Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. On June 12, 2003, Don and Donna Duncan perished in an automobile accident near Deming, N.M., in a heavy windstorm. The Duncans were dedicated supporters of Price Tower Arts Center.

Donald F. and Donna M. Duncan grew up in Oak Park and River Forest, neighboring towns in the Chicago area. They met at the University of Miami and married Aug. 29, 1952. They settled in Wilmette, Ill., in the Baker House designed by William Drummond. They moved to Arizona in 1970 and resided in Tucson for 30 years.

In 1998, the Duncans moved to Bartlesville to pursue community involvement with the Price Tower, co-author a book on the history of the yo-yo with local resident Bill Caswell, and to establish a new home for the Yozeum. This museum featured Don’s extensive collection of historic yo-yos and memorabilia. A portion of the family collection was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution and is now on view in the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The Yozeum is now on view at the Omniplex in Oklahoma City. Don and Donna were supportive members of Price Tower Arts Center and Donna was a dedicated member of the Arts Centers’ board of trustees. In 2002, they donated a light fixture designed by William Drummond (gifted assistant of Frank Lloyd Wright) to the Arts Center collection. It was created for the 1914 Baker House in Wilmette.

In the 1950s, Don became president of Duncan Toys Company, founded by his father, Donald F. Duncan, Sr., in the 1920s. In 1974, Don, Jr. started the Playmaxx, Inc., creating a modern yo-yo he named “Pro-Yo,” which successfully re-popularized the toy that had commanded top sales for over four decades.

Donna’s grandfather, William E. Martin, and his brother, Darwin Martin, both commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build their acclaimed homes in Oak Park and Buffalo, N.Y., respectfully.

“Don and Donna Duncan were exceptional people,” said Richard P. Townsend, executive director of Price Tower Arts Center. “As a result, it is a particularly hard loss. Moreover, to the Arts Center, Donna represented a direct link to Frank Lloyd Wright through her grandfather. We will sorely miss her passion and expertise.” She and Don both shared a love for the historic preservation and designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Duncans had three children: Janna D. Ondrak of Vincent Hill, Calif.; Linnea D. Heap of Cave Creek, Ariz.; and the late Donald E. Duncan. Don’s brother, Jack Duncan, resides in Kent, Wash. Donna’s older sister, Carolyn M. Brackett, lives in Palmyra, Va., and her younger sister, Susan M. Penner, resides in Beverly Hills, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Don and Donna Duncan Memorial Acquisition Fund at Price Tower Arts Center. The mailing address is Duncan Fund; P.O. Box 2464; Bartlesville, OK  74005-2464. A Usonian style Frank Lloyd Wright chair has just been acquired for the Arts Centers’ permanent collection in their memory. Additional works of art will be acquired through this fund. Contributions may also be made to the Don and Donna Duncan Memorial Fund; P.O. Box 3548; Chatsworth, CA  91311; offering financial aid to assist those qualified to attend the national yo-yo championship each year.

Price Tower Arts Center, dedicated to art, architecture and design, is housed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower, his tallest skyscraper, and is a vibrant fine arts complex and museum. Wright’s international landmark contains permanent and changing exhibition galleries; Inn at Price Tower, a 21-room hotel reflecting Wrightian style; elegant Copper Restaurant + Bar; and The Wright Place museum store. Visit www.pricetower.org for information. To learn about the many entertainment and hospitality opportunities in the Bartlesville, Okla. area, browse VisitBartlesville.com.

Price Tower Arts Center is located at 510 Dewey Ave. in Bartlesville, Okla., just 40 miles north of Tulsa on I-75. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tower tours are available Tuesday to Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Gallery admission is free to members and children age 16 and under, $2 per senior citizen age 65 and over, and $3 per adult. Tower tours cost $3 for children age 16 and under and $5 for all adults.

Edna L. Ansel  January 26, 1912  (90 yrs. Old) 
1 Arbor Lane #206, Evanston 12 year resident of  Presbyterian Homes of Evanston
January 5, 2003      Her Evanston Residence
Chicago, Illinois      65+ year resident of Oak Park, Illinois
Graduated from DePaul University and had a 40+ yr. career teaching Home Economics at Austin High School (Chicago, IL)
Member of Trinity Lutheran Church (Evanston) and  former long time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Oak Park, IL).
MEMORIAL DONATIONS:  Trinity Lutheran Church 3637 Golf Rd., Evanston, IL 60203 or Presbyterian Homes, 3200 Grant St., Evanston, IL 60201
Daughter of the late Anton and Edna (nee Grosshauser) Ansel
Anton Ansel was a prominent architect who, along with Herman J. Gaul, designed many of the Catholic churches and institutions in the Chicagoland area.
Edna was also the devoted sister of the late Richard M. Ansel
Service was held Thursday, January 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church, Evanston.
Interment was private in Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
847-675-1990     Michael Feisthammel (nephew)   773-506-8858

July 28, 2002 
Ann Monaco 57 years young, loved Oak Park, loved Music,
loved People.

ANN  MONACO - Piano: Artistic Director
M.M., Piano Performance, with honors, The New England Conservatory, Boston; B.A., 
with honors, Western College for Women, Ohio.  Professional Accompanist, Carnegie Recital Hall, 
New York 1980. Extensive performance and solo recitals; live broadcasts on WFMT-FM. 

Ann joined the faculty of the Merit School of Music in 1982 as a piano instructor.  She was not
only a brilliant performer but also one of the finest teachers on the faculty.  In 1992 she was 
appointed Artistic Director at Merit.  Her outstanding dedication and love for Merit was coupled 
with her skill and grace in dealing with her colleagues and all students at Merit.  She had the unique 
ability to set high standards and then help students of all levels reach those standards.  Her 
patience and counseling of Merit students opened so very many doors for them to improve their
lives through the study of music.  She set a magnificent example for the students to become not
only accomplished musicians but also productive and compassionate members of society.  Her
intelligence and insightfulness has been instrumental in the remarkable growth and success of 
Merit over the past twenty years.  Ann was a person of great integrity who was universally 
respected and adored by Merit's students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the 
Board of Trustees. 

All of the children and students that knew her benefited from that experience.  Students
that came to her from gangs in the city would learn and go onto to Yale, and Indiana University.
Working with kids that many have turned their backs on and helping them to feel good about
themselves and their lives is priceless and this wonderful woman helped many to do what many
only talk about.

Mrs. Monaco was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 26, 1945. She was the beloved
wife of the late composer, Richard A. Monaco and is survived by her stepchildren, Peter, 
Gina and Tony Monaco; her siblings, Mary Ellen Rittle, Chad Rittle, Bob Rittle, 
Jacqueline Rittle Jones, Jonathan Rittle, and Karen Rittle Leigh, one granddaughter, 
11 nieces and nephews and two grandnieces.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday (5 p.m. - 9 p.m.) and Wednesday (3 p.m. - 9 p.m.) 
at Dreshler Brown Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park.

July 5, 2002
      Emerson Teacher Jeff Moore Dies Unexpectedly 

                      Jeff Moore was a wood sculptor and artist. He brought this 
sensitivity, appreciation for life and good humor to the classroom, especially 
to children who might not have had many other successes in their school day. 
Moore’s quiet presence will be missed by students and staff alike. 

The photo above shows Jeff Moore in the center, dressed in black showing
a musical instrument that he and his students made with the world famous
Bill Close (on the left).  Mr. Moore was loved by the children and staff and
will be missed by all the lives that he touched.

Jeff Moore is seen with Dan Gora, another Oak Park teacher as they 
share a tale or two and help raise money for the Oak Park Arts during 
a fundraiser at Garfield Park Conservatory.

                      Moore suffered cardiac arrest while working in the school on 
Friday, July 5th. He did not have any history of ill health and exercised regularly. 
He usually rode his bike to school from his home in Berwyn.

                      Moore’s funeral and burial were private. He is survived by his wife,
Denise Seibert, who works at Julian Middle School in Oak Park. 

A memorial service is being planned for when school resumes in the fall. 


Gary was born on July 13, 1955 and lived a full life, though too
short for all of his friends and family.  Gary died on June 10, 2001
of a heart attack.

Mr. Maher was on the Oak Park Police and Fire Commission, a
position he held since September of 1998.  When  Marion Street
was closed to vehicular traffic for several hours, an Oak Park
Fire Truck parked quietly outside the  Dreschler, Brown &
Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. as presence of respect
to the man who helped them on the Commission.

Gary Maher was the Cable Television and Communications
Association of Illinois founding President and was instrumental
in fighting the telephone companies’ attempt to get into the
market.  He had served in Springfield for years with the Bureau of 
the Budget in the Illinois governor's office in 1980.  He was there
for a time and then went on to lobby for public policy concerns
before the General Assembly.  He was very well liked and respected
by all who knew him.  I had seen Mr. Maher a few times in Village
Hall over the years and he always had a pleasant smile.

Gary Maher orchestrated the effort to get Mr. Benjamin Miller
elected to our State Supreme Court and then went on to serve
on our current Governor George Ryans’ transition team.

The Village Clerk, Sandra Sokol remembers Gary “ as a well
respected member of the Fire and Police Commission.”  He will
be missed by many who knew him.

Governor George Ryan came into town for the Mass that was that
was held at St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park.

Our sympathies go to all who knew him and to his wife Fran Maher,
their two boys, Jack and Brendan; his dad, Edward; as well as his
two brothers, Brian and Jeff.

Governor George Ryan Arrives for Mass of his friend
Gary Maher.

            Gary J. Maher, age 45, loving husband of Francesca, nee Marciniak; dear
                   father of Jack and Brendan; dear son of Edward and the late Marie Therese
                   Maher; fond brother of Brian (Dianne) and Jeffrey; cherished uncle of Kyle,
                   Jeffrey and Kelly Maher, Meagan, Catherine and Elizabeth Brown and
                   Stephen, Claire and Michael Puiszis; dear son-in-law of Edward and the late
                   Virginia Marciniak; brother-in-law of Catherine Marciniak, Christina
                   Marciniak (Michael Brown) and Claudia Marciniak (Steven Puiszis).
                   Visitation 2 to 9 p.m., Wednesday at Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral
                   Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Prayers Thursday, 9:45 a.m. to St.
                   Giles Church, 1045 N. Columbian Ave., Oak Park. Mass 10:30 a.m.
                   Interment Private. Memorial contributions to Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund,
                   135 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60603 or YMCA of
                   Metropolitan Chicago, 801 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610 appreciated.
                   Info: 708-383-3191

Ron Lundgren, 6th grade teacher Dies

On Monday, August 14, Hatch School Teacher Mr. Ron Lundgren died
following a brief illness.  He had recently returned from Europe with his
family and was about to begin another year of teaching school in Oak Park.
He had been teaching in Oak Park for 26 years and was well liked by all.

He had served on many committees during his time in Oak Park and was
a dedicated member of the district's Benefit Committee. He will be missed by
those who knew and loved him, and those who will not get to meet him.

The Memorial Service for Ron Lundgren will be Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at St. 
Peter's United Church of Christ, Church and Cottage Hill Streets, Elmhurst, Illinois at 
7:00 PM. 

The church phone number is 630-530-6000. 

Memorials (in lieu of Flowers) to St Peter's United Church of Chris, Ron's church home 
for over 40 years. 

Directions to the service: 
From Oak Park: 
290 extension to St. Charles, West on St. Charles, two block past stop light at York 
Road turn right on Cottage Hill. The church is directly across from Wilder Park about 
three blocks before the train tracks and the downtown area. 

James Tringl (38 years old) and his wife
Mary Spaulding (46 years old) and their

                  Click Here to read the engraving

A married couple living in River Forest
met their untimely end when the Sport
Utility Vehicle they were driving hit
a transformer mounted on the ground and
flipped the vehicle in the air and into
a tree.  The time was 12:47am on May 18,2000 
Thursday morning.  Killed instantly were
James Tringl (38 years old) and his wife
Mary Spaulding (46 years old).  There was
no one else in the vehicle at the time.
Wet pavement contributed to the accident.
The deceased are survived by two young
children ages nine and six.  There is
a will which provides for the children
and names a family that will accept
custody of the young ones.  When police
arrived on the scene to inform the
baby sitter of the tragedy she went
to wake the dog and found that the
their pet Dalmatian had died in its
sleep at about the same time as the

Loved ones and friends have placed
flowers at the place of the accident.
There is a vase on the transformer
that was hit, and there is an inscription
on its side.  We are all moved by this
loss and feel for the children. These
folks were too young and needed too much
for this to happen.

Shadrach Pitchford Jr. Dies January 15, 2000

"Junior", as he was known to his friends came
from Tchula, Mississippi to Chicago in 1953.
A young man at the time he left the south at
a time when people of color had different
drinking fountains and washrooms from the
white folks.  He came to Chicago for work,
and work he found in Oak Park.  Junior worked
in Oak Park for thirty-nine and one half years.
When he retired in 1997, he had been a Supervisor
of the Oak Parks Public Works Dept. of Streets
and Sanitation for over a decade. For decades
on end Junior had breakfast before work at
Jamie's Restaurant (now called Tyme and Honey)
and later he moved to George's Restaurant
(on Oak Park Avenue, across the street) when
his favorite waitress (Erna Bjork) moved to 
her new place of employment.  The seating
order at the restaurant for years was
Larry, Sam, Junior, and Tony.  Often Junior
would share a chocolate donut with one of
the other men, and laughs would follow
accompanied by claims of being cheap.
Everyone who knew Junior liked him, and
had nothing to say but nice things-real
nice things.  He is survived by "two
beautiful daughters" (a patrons comments..),
Deborah (Toni) Pitchford of Chicago and
Penny Pitchford of Kansas City, Kansas.
After ceremonies here in Chicago, it was
Juniors wish to be returned to his place
of birth for burial.  His body will be
buried in Tchula, Mississippi, but his friends
will remember him in Oak Park.  Thank you
Junior for all the years of hard work to
make Oak Park better and thanks to Oak Park
who helped him climb the ladder to success
and recognition. Oak Park First African-
American Supervisor.


Annetta Delaney Mosley dies at  74

Annetta Delaney Mosley, 74, who helped her daughter from Oak Park start
a unique theater company in the village, died Nov. 21, 1999 at her home
in Maywood.

Mrs. Mosley's daughter, Ethel Harris, created and operated the Delaney
Theater Company, which had long offered productions in Oak Park that
spotlighted diversity and creativity until it was closed in 1994. Harris
then concentrated on a film and commercial career in California.

Born in Mississippi, Mrs. Mosley came to Chicago in 1955. She married
Ramoth Mosley, and they raised Harris as their daughter. In addition to
her interest in the arts and other fields, Mrs. Mosley worked for many
years in the housekeeping department of Riveredge Hospital in Forest

When Harris began the Delaney Theater company, Mrs. Mosley was an
important part of its creation, both artistically and financially. Mrs.
Mosley also served on Delaney Theater's board of directors.

Mrs. Mosley is survived by her husband and daughter, by six
grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Visitation was held Friday at Wallace Broadview Funeral Home in
Broadview and was followed by a funeral service.

Dorothy S. McGowan Dies Sept 14, 1999 at 80
Dorothy McGowan (nee Jones) died at the age of 80.
Mrs. McGowan had been ill for quite a time and had
not been expected to even come home from her last
stay in the hospital.  She was a very nice woman and
will be missed by many.  She worked very hard to
raise her family and after her husband died she moved
in with her older sister Mildred Jones, a school teacher
and avid reader.  Mildred Jones had many books and
this is perhaps where many of her relatives first learned
to love reading.  Mildred died many years before Dorothy
and was a kind woman too.  Mrs. McGowan worked
for Continental Bank, in downtown Chicago for some
21 years.  Dorothy McGowan, with Mildred Jones, had
lived on Pleasant Place in Oak Park.  Their house was
located where the current Mills Tower Home for the
Elderly is located.  Dorothy was born in Chicago to
J. Theodore and Elizabeth Jones.  She is survived by
her two sons, David F. McGowan and John W. McGowan.
Two of her children, Robert McGowan and Nancy McGowan
had died before her.  Her husband James F. McGowan died
in 1956.  Dorothy will be interned at Forest Home Cemetery

Arthur S. Replogle dies July 12, 1999
I knew Arthur S. Replogle for almost 40 years.  He died of a heart attack on July 12, 1999 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  He was playing tennis at the time, and I hope he was winning.  Mr. Replogle was a very nice, hard working man, who always had time to help others.  I first met Mr. Replogle on a field trip from Emerson School in the mid '60s.  Several classes took a large bus a few miles to the north east and we had a tour of the Replogle Globe company.  I remember thelarge three footed kind that would someday find a home in my study.  The Replogle globes looked like shiny new Cadillacs to me.  All of the students walked through the factory with the plant manager, and then Mr. Replogle came out to welcome all of the students and explain something about how globes were made.  Mr. Replogle left the company in 1974 and took the position of Head of the Oak Park Development Company.  He held that position until 1997, when he retired.

Mr. Replogle belonged to almost every worthwhile organization in town.  He was on boards of the Oak Park Y.M.C.A., Local Boy Scouts, Oak Park Arts Council, Rotary Club, and about three times that again.  When I was in the local Oak Park Jaycees years ago Mr. Replogle would come by during dinners and celebrations to give a talk and cheer on the civic work that we were doing. He was always bringing in pictures of his grand children for printing at Kings Camera Shop.  He will be missed, not only by his immediate and extended family, but by thousands of Oak Parkers who had the pleasure to know him.

Ed Vincent

Visitation at Dreschsler-Brown Funeral Home (708-383-3191)
Saturday, July 17, 1999  from 2-6pm

Memorial Service at  First United Church, corner of Lake Street and Kenilworth
Sunday, July 18, 1999 at 2pm

Mr. Emery Walker, Dean of Admission at Harvey Mudd College and Claremont McKenna College, Dies at Age 81

Mr. Walker died on June 22 in Claremont.  Mr Walker's wife Dorothy passed away in 1996.  Mr. Walker was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1917.  He graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1935.      for complete information please click here

Mr. Stanley Duplessiss

A gentleman who worked for the Oak Park YMCA for 18 years and a man who was kind and hard working.  " He always had a pleasant attitude, and was very helpful" , a young woman remarked who had known and worked with him. 

Visitation Sevice will be held on,
Monday, July 5, 1999
10:00am - 6:00pm & Tuesday, July 6, 1999 from 9:00am - 11:30pm
at Corbin Colonial Funeral Chapel
5345 West Madison, Chicago, Il. 773-626-1092
Burial Services: Mount Glennwood Cemetery
In the Memory Gardens
8301 King Ave.
Willow Spring, Il.

Thomas McBride, 26

 Thomas McBride, a bicycle messenger, was killed April 26, 1999, in an act of ‘road rage.’ 
He was riding to work when the incident occurred.  A 28-year old Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the incident.

 McBride was remembered the following Sunday by over 150 bicycle enthusiasts and messengers who also wanted to call attention to the dangers bicyclists face in traffic. 
There are several hundred bicycle messengers in Chicago.  The bicyclists called for peace between riders and drivers and remind people that each of them is one less car in crowded traffic conditions.

 McBride grew up in Oak Park and lived on the West Side.  He is survived by his brother, Robert, who teaches English at Oak Park River Forest High School.