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Margaret Martling, 94, teacher, volunteer at Field Museum
Margaret Ruth Leadbeater Martling, 94, formerly of Oak Park, died Jan. 5, 2004 at Burcham Hills Nursing Home in East Lansing, Mich. Mrs. Martling was a resident of Oak Park for over 60 years. She was an active member of First United Church. She earned a bachelor's in education from the University of Illinois and a master's in biology from the University of Chicago.

Mrs. Martling dedicated her life to molding young minds as a teacher. She began her career teaching in a one-room school house in Shelbyville, then moved to Oak Park and taught both in the Oak Park and Chicago school systems.

Following her retirement, she volunteered in the Botany Department of the Field Museum for 21 years. She studied Russian for three years so that she could translate materials for the Field Museum. An avid gardener, Mrs. Martling also volunteered at the Oak Park Conservatory. She loved to travel and camped throughout the United States.

Mrs. Martling is survived by her four sons, Lawrence, Allan (Nancy), James (Sue), and Wayne (Diane); eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

At her request, her body was donated to the Michigan State School of Anatomy. A memorial service will be held at First United Church of Christ in Oak Park on Jan. 15. Memorials can be made to the Nature Conservancy, The Field Museum, Chicago Wilderness or American Diabetes Association.

Richard Ferri, 56, senior attorney for Continental Bank
Richard Ferri, 56, a lifelong resident of Oak Park and River Forest, died Jan. 4, 2005 of a heart attack. Mr. Ferri was on vacation with his family in Zihuatanejo, Mexico at the time of his death.

Born Dec. 2, 1948 in Oak Park to Dr. Nicholas and Loretta (nee Carmody) Ferri, Richard Ferri was raised in River Forest, where he graduated from St. Vincent Ferrer parochial school. He attended high school at the Abbey School in Cannon City, Colo. where he graduated in 1966. He was a 1970 graduate of St. Louis University (degree in English) and received his doctorate in law from Chicago-Kent School of Law in 1973. A lover of bow ties, Mr. Ferri was a partner in the law firm of Kelly, Olson, Michod, Dehaan & Richter in Chicago. Earlier he has served as a Cook County public defender and, as senior attorney with Continental Bank, helped reorganize the institution after a lending scandal in the 1980s.

Survivors include his wife Anne (nee Cassady); his son, Daniel; his sister, Kathleen Verta; and his brother, Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial visitation was held at Drechsler, Brown, & Williams Funeral Home on Jan. 9. A memorial Mass was celebrated on Jan. 10 at St. Giles Church in Oak Park. Memorials in Mr. Ferri's honor can be made to: the Richard H. Ferri Fund, YMCA Camp Eberhart, 10481 Camp Eberhart Rd., Three Rivers, Mich. 49093 or The United Way of Oak Park, River Forest & Forest Park, 1042 Pleasant St., Oak Park 60302.

Joycelyn Aumann, 71, secretary  for Forest Park public schools
Joycelyn M. Aumann, 71, of Oak Park, died Jan. 2, 2005 at West Suburban Hospital. Mrs. Aumann was born Sept. 29, 1933 to Charles and Norma Ilseman. She was raised in Aurora where she graduated from Emmanuel Lutheran Elementary School and East Aurora High School. She attended Valparaiso University for two years. Mrs. Aumann was a secretary for the Forest Park public schools for many years, retiring in 1998.

Joycelyn Aumann is survived by her husband, Conrad J.; her children, James (Dottie) and Lori; her grandchildren, Becky, Rachel, Rosie and Sarah; her siblings, Myra (Michael) Reynolds and Kenneth (Carmen) Ilseman.

Visitation was held Jan. 5 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. A funeral service was held Jan. 6 at Resurrection Lutheran Church (Chapel of Our Lord), Concordia University, in River Forest. Interment was private. Memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Association, midwest chapter, 2050 Pfingsten Rd., Suite 127, Glenview 60025 are appreciated.

John Seaks, 65, worked as an engineer for Citigroup
John F. Seaks, 65, longtime resident of Oak Park, passed away Jan. 2, 2005 at West Suburban Hospital. He was born June 26, 1939 in Red Lion, Penn. to Felnor and Frances Seaks.

Mr. Seaks was a graduate of Red Lion High School and a 1961 graduate of The Milwaukee School of Engineering, receiving a degree in electrical engineering. In 1998, Mr. Seaks retired from Citigroup, where he worked for 22 years.

He is survived by his wife Catharine (nee Richie) and his son, Andrew (Rita) Seaks.

A memorial service was held Jan. 8 at Christ Lutheran Church in Oak Park, followed by interment at Concordia Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Bethesda Lutheran home, 600 Hoffman Dr., Attn: Living Memorial, Watertown, Wis. 53094. Arrangements were handled by Dreschsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

Caryl Cameron, 90, dentist, former Oak Park resident
Dr. Caryl E. Cameron, 90, formerly of Oak Park, died Dec. 17, 2004 at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington. He spent his professional career working as a dentist.

Survivors include his two daughters, Bonnie (Dick) Piket and Karen (Gary) Arnold; his son, Jim; his grandchildren, Stacy Piket, Jennifer (David) Geake, Sara McArthur, and Rachel Cameron; and his brother, Glen Cameron.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille. Memorials can be made to Alzheimer's Research Association, 4709 Golf Road, Suite 1015, Skokie 60076.

Pat Fahey, 85, Rosary College grad, worked for Quaker Oats
Mary Patricia "Pat" Fahey, 85, of Oak Park, died Dec. 28, 2004 at Pinnacle Nursing Home in La Grange Park. Mrs. Fahey lived in Oak Park and River Forest most of her life. She was a graduate of St. Luke's Elementary School, Rosary College, and DePaul University. Mrs. Fahey and her husband, Timothy, raised their son, John, in Oak Park. When her son grew up, Mrs. Fahey began working for Quaker Oats.

She is survived by her son, John (Helen) Fahey; four grandchildren, Kathleen, Cristie, Patricia, & Jeb.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy C. Fahey; her siblings Robert, Jack, and Barbara.

Visitation and funeral were held at Ascension Church in Oak Park on Dec. 31, 2004, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

 

?#34;Compiled by Brendan Murphy

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