COURTESY OF MAUREEN P. HEAKIN
Two exemplary citizens of Gale Avenue, were honored at the River Forest Board Meeting on May 27, 2014.
Lt. Paul Stamm, a 42 year veteran of the River Forest Fire Department, is retiring on June 1st, 2014. He was born at West Suburban Hospital and raised in River Forest. At the University of Colorado, he received a degree in Architecture and met his wife, Barb. She has been a Teacher's Aid, working at every River Forest school over the past 23 years. Lt. Stamm's workout was a familiar sight to downtown train commuters; he stays in peak physical condition by running up and down the stairs to the River Forest train platform.
Ms. Mary T. Small has been a resident of Gale Avenue for 42 years. She and her husband, Jerry moved to 343 Gale Ave. on July 20, 1962. The Village Board of Trustees' President, Cathy Adduci, read a proclamation in honor of her and presented a street sign to be installed on Gale Avenue, which reads "Honorary Mary T. Small Way." Mary T. has been a River Forest Library trustee and an active volunteer with the River Forest Township, developing the Celebrating Seniors campaign. She was also a founding member of the Children's Memorial (Hospital) Guild, which began in the 1960's and has grown over the many years (now The Children's Foundation). Her new home is in Elmhurst, where she worked for many years at Keebler Foods.
Both Gale Avenue residents have exhibited such great community spirit over these many years – all of River Forest should be grateful for their contributions.