Lawrence Hunt, 90, fisherman, ice man, RF school board member
Lawrence Halley Hunt, age 90 and long-time resident of River Forest, died Jan. 19, 2005. He was born on June 28, 1914 in Rapid City, S.D. to Albert Chauncey Hunt and Helen Jeanette Halley Hunt, who were married on July 15, 1908 in Rapid City. Mr. Hunt was the second of three sons. The family resided at 1011 West Blvd. in Rapid City. His father was born in Broadalbin, N.Y. on Jan. 31, 1879 and resided in Rapid City from 1906 until his death in 1936. His father was an important participant in the early commercial development of Rapid City, having served in management roles or as adviser to mining companies, railroads, utilities, and other area businesses. His mother was born in Deadwood, S.D. on Feb. 21, 1881 and was a lifelong resident of Rapid City until her death in 1917.
Mr. Hunt graduated from Rapid City High School in 1931, and from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1935 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He was a member of Triangle Fraternity of Engineers and Sigma Tau.
He came to the Chicago area in 1936 and married his wife of 63 years, Mary (nee Johnson), on Sept. 20, 1941. Following his marriage, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in Washington D.C. and upon his retirement had the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After his return to the Chicago area, he attended the Northwestern University Business School in Evanston. He resided in River Forest since 1945, and for most of these years at 558 William St. He was employed by McGraw-Hill, Inc. in Chicago, and retired in 1983.
From 1957 to 1963 he served as a member of the River Forest Board of Education, and as its president from 1961 to 1963. He was an active member of the River Forest Tennis Club for 63 years. In the mid-1950s he was a member of the board of religious education at First United Church of Oak Park.
An accomplished fly fisherman, he took his children on a number of fishing trips over the years, including several to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In his hometown of River Forest, he made ice skating ponds in his backyard, for the enjoyment of his children as well as those in the neighborhood, for 15 successive winters. Many of his neighbors, now grown, fondly remember the skating parties in the Hunt backyard.
Lawrence Hunt is survived by his wife Mary; his seven children, Lawrence Jr. (Katherine), Douglas (Holly), Thomas (Laurie), Margaret Campbell, David, Elizabeth (Francis) Boyle, and James (Christie); and 11 grandchildren, Caroline, Laura, and Darwin Hunt, Katherine and Thomas Hunt, Christopher (Melissa McCollum) Campbell, Brian, David and James Boyle, and Katie and Annie Hunt.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., Oak Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First United Church of Oak Park or to Development Services, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley Mass., 02481 (attention: Susan Berry, 781/283-3337).
Mildred O'Connell, 78, founded Marymount College in Florida
Mildred O'Connell, 78, a native of Oak Park, died Christmas Day in Boca Raton, Fla. The daughter of the late Raymond A. and Dorothy O'Connell, she lived in South Florida for more than 40 years as a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. She served as principal of St. Laurence Elementary School in North Miami and as founding president of Marymount College (now Lynn University) in Boca Raton in the 1960s. She was honored with a star in the Royal Palm Plaza Walk of Recognition.
Mildred O'Connell was the sister of Raymond Jr. and William O'Connell; sister-in-law of Mary Sullivan of Oak Park; aunt of Raymond III, Christine Corken, Meg Lembesis, Kit Harris, Mia Kanner, Mark, William, Patricia, Thomas and Timothy; and many friends throughout the world. The family especially thanks the family and friends who supported Mildred's humanitarian causes and guarded her quality of life in recent years.
A memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Church in Boca Raton on Jan. 8. Memorials to Aspire, 9901 Derby Lane, Westchester, Ill. 60154 are appreciated.
Marjorie Liewald, 80, fashion designer
Marjorie Liewald, 80, of Oak Park died Jan. 15, 2005 at Woodbine Nursing Home. Mrs. Liewald was a self-employed fashion designer during her working years.
She is survived by her husband, Louis A. Liewald Jr., a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, and her daughter, Lisa (John) Houdek.
Visitation was held Jan. 18 at Nosek Funeral Home in Berwyn. Interment will be private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Jacinto J. Dizon, 86, consultant for the World Health Organization
Jacinto J. Dizon, M.D., 86, of River Forest, died Jan. 18, 2005 at Westlake Hospital.
Born Jan. 30, 1918 in the Philippines, Dr. Dizon was a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, received a master's degree in Public Health at Harvard University, then returned to the Philippines, where he served as the director of Health Sciences for the Department of Health. Later he became a consultant for the World Health Organization.
Dr. Dizon was the husband of Ester and the late Elisa; father of Dr. Elouisa (Rodrigo, M.D.) Farrales, Dr. Rutheva (Vernon, M.D.) Moore, Dr. Dianella (Ralph) Menezes, Dr. Jocelyn (Jamie) Bumanglag, Dr. Jacinto Antonio (Yoko), and Trinidad de Vera; and grandfather of nine.
Visitation will be held Jan. 21 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Hursen Funeral Home, Roosevelt & Mannheim roads in Hillside. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 22 at St. Luke Church in River Forest.
Helen Sitton, 85, homemaker
Helen F. Sitton, 85, of Oak Park, died Jan. 21, 2005 at Elmwood Care Center in Elmwood Park. Born in Chicago on April 1, 1919, she is survived by her daughter Lois (Ed) Halstead. She was preceded in death by her son, the late William Kazmier.
Visitation will be held Jan. 28 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Conboy/Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 Cermak Road in Westchester. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Larry McNally at 10 a.m., Jan. 29 at Ascension Church, followed by interment at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles. Arrangements are being handled by P.M. Smith & Sons Funeral Home.
Barbara Fitch, 84, homemaker, mother, and grandmother
Barbara Fitch, 84, of Oak Park, died Jan. 20, 2005 at Loyola Hospital. Born June 30, 1920 in Fitchburg, Mass., she was a homemaker, mother and grandmother, who lived on South Carpenter Avenue and more recently at Mills Tower.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary (Ray) Schall, Janet (Thomas) McNamara, and Lt. Col. Anne Fitch, U.S.A.F.; her son, Richard M. (Eileen) Fitch; five grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, who died in 1991.
Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Frank Grady at 10 a.m., Jan. 25 at Ascension Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
In our obituary for Morris Buske last week, we incorrectly identified John Graybill and his wife, Leesa Dannheiser. We regret the error.