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Mary Goelitz, 86, committed Oak Park volunteer
Mary Evans Goelitz died Nov. 5, 2005, at the Woodbine Nursing Home in Oak Park. Mary was born in Oak Park on Nov. 28, 1918, and went on to graduate from Oak Park and River Forest High School. She received her B.A. from Smith College and later received a Master of Library Science degree from Rosary College in River Forest. She traveled the world while employed with United Airlines.

Ms. Goelitz was active her entire life at First United Church of Oak Park. She also volunteered as a docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. She had many friends of all ages and took great care of her mother, with whom she lived. She enjoyed reading, really enjoyed chocolate, and believed age was a question of attitude.

Mary Goelitz is survived by her sisters, Carolyn Blossom and Marilyn Hoye and her sister-in-law, Chris Goelitz. She is also survived by nieces and nephews from all over the country. A private interment was held at Forest Home Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St. Donations to First United Church are appreciated.

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

Edward Cotter, 88, Helped liberate Dachau in WWII
Edward T. Cotter of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Oak Park, died Nov. 2, 2005. He was born in Chicago in 1917 to noted Chicago Police Lieutenant Sylvester Cotter and Mary (Meany) Cotter, one of six children. He attended DePaul University and ultimately worked for National Cash Register Corp.

Mr. Cotter served in the U.S. Army during WWII. During a long-range reconnaissance patrol, Edward was among the first U.S. troops to come upon and then liberate the concentration camp at Dachau. During his experience with Patton's Third Army in Germany, he was promoted on the battlefield to Major by General Patton personally. He returned to the United States in 1946.

Edward Cotter is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Anne (Downey), his six children, his grandchildren, and his nieces and nephews.

Michael Tobin, Age 2
Michael Liam Tobin, age 2, died Nov. 8, 2005, at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood. He died peacefully in his mother Jocelyn's arms, with grandparents, Michael and Lynda Levatino Tobin, Aunt Audra Tobin, Uncle James Coughlin, and dozens of aunts, uncles, neighbors, and family friends present.

This remarkable little boy, who touched the lives of everyone he met, is survived by great-grandparents Frank and Noreen Tobin and Judy Levatino, many aunts and uncles, more than 50 loving cousins, and hundreds of fond neighbors, schoolmates, teachers, and family friends.

Private funeral services, including a Celebration of Life Mass, were held on Nov. 11 at St. Giles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Liam Tobin Foundation, Midwest Bank and Trust, 8301 W. Lawrence, Norridge 60706, attn: Janice Eppelheimer. Funeral arrangements were handled by Gamboney and Sons.

Bridget Troy, 94, Oak Park Hospital retiree
Bridget "Bridie" Troy passed away on Nov. 7, 2005 at Wood Glen Pavilion in West Chicago. She was born on April 1, 1911, in County Mayo, Ireland, to Patrick and Nora Boyle. During WWII, she worked as a nurse's aide at Oak Park Hospital, and continued working there until her retirement in 1976. She was a 24-year resident of Mills Tower.

Bridget Troy was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald V., and by her daughter, Bernadette. She is survived by her children, Paul (Kathy) and Laura (Ron) Tracy; her grandchildren, Aaron and Kevin Troy, and Geoff Sherman. She was the fond aunt of many nieces and nephews, including Kay O'Shea, her companion and caregiver.

Visitation was held Nov. 10 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Edmund Church. Interment was private. Memorials are appreciated, and can be sent to Catholic Charities, Dept. 1623, Box N, Chicago 60690.

?#34;Compiled by Katherine Galo

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