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Thomas Johnston, 60, Teacher, Boy Scout leader
Thomas A. Johnston, 60, a lifelong resident of Oak Park, died at his home on Dec. 10, 2007. Born in Oak Park on Dec. 9, 1947 to Archibald and Isabel Johnston, he was a graduate of Hawthorne Elementary and Fenwick High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of St. Thomas and his master's degree from Loyola University. Tom was a teacher at Spaulding School in Chicago until retiring in 2003 and was a Boy Scout troop leader (Troop 20, Order of the Arrow) and an Eagle Scout.

He is survived by his sister, Lann (the late Ivor) Booton; his sister-in-law, Sharon (the late Archibald Jr.) Johnston of River Forest; his nieces and nephews, Brian Booton, Keith (Susan) Booton, Heather Booton, Johanna (Aaron) Metz, and Matthew Johnston. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was held Dec. 13 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 14 at Ascension Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Boy Scouts of America, DesPlaines Valley Council, 811 W. Hillgrove, LaGrange 60525 are appreciated.

Betsy Ann Bahlau, 61, Lifelong OP resident
Betsy Ann Bahlau (nee Frankel), a lifelong resident of Oak Park, died suddenly on Dec. 7, 2007 in Madison, Wis. while traveling with her husband. Born in Oak Park on April 20, 1946 to George E. Frankel and Marie Foullke Frankel, she graduated from St. Edmund School, Trinity High School in River Forest, and received her nursing certification in child care from St. Vincent's Orphanage in Chicago. She married Bill Bahlau in 1968.

She enjoyed long walks, arts and crafts, mahjong, free cell on the computer and puzzle books. Her family is her legacy.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; her children, Bridget (John), Brenda (Rich), William (Sue) and Rebecca; and her two grandchildren, Emily and Josiah.

A memorial service was held Dec. 15 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. Interment was held privately at Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago 60601-7633 or Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, 75 Remittance Drive, Suite 6513, Chicago 60675-6513 are appreciated.

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