December 22, 2004

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Gertrude Yardley, 92, worked for CTA, 34-year resident of OP
Gertrude M. Yardley, 92, a 34-year resident of Oak Park, formerly of Uniontown, Penn., passed away on Dec. 11, 2004 at West Suburban Hospital. Mrs. Yardley was born in Uniontown on Oct. 23, 1912 to James and Mary More. She was a member of the Uniontown High School class of 1930. In 1945 she married Henry Charles Yardley. Mr. Yardley passed away in 1971. She spent 17 years working for the Chicago Transit Authority until her retirement in 1977.

Survivors include her daughter, Henrietta; and her grandchildren, Tammy (Gary) Bowen, Daniel Moore, Lisa Moore, Eric Moore, Melissa Moore, and several cousins in the Uniontown, Penn. area. She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Moore, in 2003.

Visitation was held Dec. 14 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. Funeral Mass was celebrated the following day at St. Giles Church, followed by interment on Dec. 16 at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Uniontown. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago 60607 are appreciated.

Celeste O'Connor, 89, employee with National Tea for many years
Celeste O'Connor, 89, of Oak Park passed away on Dec. 17, 2004 at the Bethesda Home in Chicago. Ms. O'Connor was born on Dec. 21, 1914 in Chicago to William J. and Anna Sheridan. She graduated from St. Lawrence parochial school and Bowen High School. She retired from National Tea in 1976 after many years.

Celeste O'Connor is survived by her children, Joseph (Joan) and Eileen (Bruce) Dominguez; her grandchildren, Josh (Shynna) Wright, Joseph O'Connor, Maureen O'Connor, Kathryn Dominguez, Bonnie Jean Dominguez, Laura Dominguez, Bruce Dominguez, and Patricia Dominguez. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, James Sheridan, Bernice Woltjen, Dorothy Rodenberg, Sr. Alice Patricia and William Sheridan.

A visitation was held on Dec. 19 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 20 at St. Luke Church in River Forest, followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre in Worth.
Reni Celeste, 40, mother,  philosopher-scholar, educator

Reni Celeste, 40, mother, philosopher-scholar, educator
Reni Celeste, 40, of New Haven, Conn., formerly of Oak Park, passed away on Dec. 7, 2004 at Yale University New Haven Hospital, ending her 7-year battle with Breast Cancer. Ms. Celeste was born Renee Celeste Noriega in Miami, Fla. She was a descendent of an old Southwestern family that settled in California and New Mexico during the Spanish-American War.

Ms. Celeste was raised in Oak Park and spent time at Oak Park and River Forest High School before finishing her high school career at Holy Name Cathedral High School. She studied ballet at Ruth Page School of Ballet in Chicago and performed as a child in the Nutcracker Ballet.

Whether it was learning at a prestigious university, or sharing her wealth of knowledge with others, Ms. Celeste devoted her entire life to education. Some of her scholarly accomplishments included a Ph.D. and M.A. in Visual Cultural Studies, Art and Art History at the University of Rochester (New York); a B.A. in Philosophy with highest honors in her major from at the University of California (Santa Cruz); and she was a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research of Columbia University in New York City.

At the time of her death, Ms. Celeste was a postdoctoral research scholar and teaching fellow in film studies at Yale University. She was completing Action-Speed-Metropolis, a book she described as an exploration of "cinema both at its origin and in its contemporary convergence, in order to understand how new forms of communications have inspired a global revision of culture."

In addition to her educational record, Ms. Celeste was an entrepreneur. While she was in college in California, she augmented her tuition as head of two teams of friends providing freelance roofing and secretarial services. During an extensive tour of Europe, she acquired old classic cinematic art posters in Poland, with which she and a partner opened an art gallery in the SoHo district of New York.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Forstorm; her children, Martin Forstrom and Anna Celeste; her father, Saturn (Mary Gayle) Noriega; her mother, Charlotte Roach; her siblings, Jeremy Roach, Jennifer Roach, Wendy Roach; and many beloved friends.

A memorial wake was held in her honor by her bother Chon Noriega and his wife, Kathleen McHugh, at Yale University's Dwight Chapel, with special recognition given to her close friend and special helper, Adam Cummins. Her ashes were dispersed at privately selected locations, and a novena was held in her honor at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

?#34;Brendan Murphy

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