Katherine Trezevant, 68, retired educator, dedicated volunteer
Katherine G. Trezevant, a fourth-generation Oak Parker and longtime resident, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, on Dec. 24, 2004. Born in 1936, she was the eldest child of Paul Trapier Gervais and Helena Saxby Gervais. She graduated from Beye School and from Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 1954. She graduated with Honors in Greek Classics from Swarthmore College and earned her master's degree in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago, also completing all work for a teacher's certificate in secondary education. She then taught in the Classics Department at both Rockford College and Beloit College. While at Beloit, she received a Danforth Foundation Teaching Grant to complete the residency for a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin.
After marrying Robert Trezevant in 1966, she taught for two years at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Penn. Their children Warren and Suzanne were born in Bryn Mawr, and she parented at home for eight years. During that time she joined the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) at Radnor Meeting. At Radnor, she was a founding member of Women Among Friends, and she participated in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's women's caucus. She also was active in the annual Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology.
Ms. Trezevant and her family returned to live in the family home in Oak Park in 1977. For the next 20 years, she taught at the Elgin Academy. In 1992, she was recognized by the Illinois Teacher of the Year Program with a Those Who Excel Award for her creative curriculum development and excellent teaching of middle- and upper-school students.
During her professional career, she was active in the Chicago Classical Club, serving on its executive committee for two years. She was also on committees of the Illinois Classical Conference. She was a member of the American Philological Association and the American Classical League. She was continuing her interest in classical culture by studying modern Greek and visiting Greece each year with her husband.
Ms. Trezevant was a beloved member of Oak Park Monthly Meeting of Friends. She served on committees, taught religious education for the children, and led adult study groups. For the Illinois Yearly Meeting of Friends she chaired the Youth Oversight Committee, which provides religious training for Quaker high schoolers from Illinois and parts of adjoining states. She also was an active participant in the IYM's Women's Group. She delivered the annual Plummer Lecture at IYM in July of 2000.
Her commitment to women's issues and especially women's spirituality led her to become active in Limina, an education group founded in Oak Park in 1984 to explore and validate the lives of women. She was recently co-chair of its executive council and facilitated their 20th anniversary celebration in October of 2004.
Ms. Trezevant was devoted to the community spirit of Oak Park. She and her husband were members of the Lowell literary group, founded by her great aunt in 1897.
She is survived by her 95-year-old mother, Helena Gervais McCullough, and her husband of 38 years, Bob Trezevant, both of Oak Park; her son and daughter-in-law, Warren and Harriet Trezevant, and granddaughter Tallulah Jane Trezevant; and her daughter, Sue. Other survivors include her brother, Paul, and Glynne Gervais; her brother, John, and Jane Gervais; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as the McCullough family. She was devoted to them all.
The family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, 875 Lake St., Oak Park 60301, or the American Friends Service Committee, 637 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 60605. A memorial service will be held at Unity Temple on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at 3 p.m.
Jane Richards, 91, Holly Court resident, theater supporter
Jane Sowers Richards, 91, died Dec. 23, 2004 at Rush Hospital in Oak Park. Mrs. Richards was born in Chicago on Sept. 16, 1913 to Dr. Alva Boyd Sowers and Nina Vittum Sowers.
She spent time living in Kenilworth, Chicago, Evanston, Northbrook, and for the past 33 years, Winfield, Kansas, before moving in early December to Holly Court Terrace in Oak Park.
Mrs. Richards spent 22 years living in Northbrook. During that time, she was active in local affairs, serving two terms on the library board. She was also very active in the Winfield community, supporting local theater and other causes.
Mrs. Richards loved to read, enjoyed watching tennis, and never let a day go by without doing a crossword puzzle. She was a former member of the Village Church (Presbyterian) of Northbrook and the Winfield (Kan.) Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of New Trier High School (Class of '31) and Northwestern University (Class of '35), where she majored in French and was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.
During her life, Mrs. Richards was employed by Encyclopedia Britannica, Compton's Encyclopedia, the Northbrook Public Library, the Boy Scouts of America ?#34; North Shore Area Council, Hollister (now Pioneer Press) Newspapers and the Winfield (Kan.) Daily Courier as a writer, reporter, copy editor and photographer.
She was preceded in death by her husband Winthrop Richards. She is survived by her three sons, Donald (Elizabeth), James (Marianne), and Robert (Nancy); four grandchildren, Laura (Lucas) Jerden, Peter (Ayse), David (Katie), and Penelope (John), and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services are planned for Saturday, Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, 7551 Quick Ave., River Forest and on Saturday Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Winfield Presbyterian Church in Winfield, Kan. Burial will be in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., where Mrs. Richards spent many summers vacationing at the family cabin. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Drechsler, Brown, and Williams Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jane Richards Memorial Fund, 421 S. Euclid Ave., Villa Park 60181.
Alicia Eder, 35, pre-kindergarten teacher in the Cicero school district
Alicia Marie Eder, 35, of River Forest, died Dec. 25, 2004. Ms. Eder was a graduate of Trinity High School (Class of '87) and received her Bachelor in Education degree from DePaul University in 1991. After receiving her degree, she began working in the Cicero school district, teaching pre-kindergarten classes.
While working, Ms. Eder earned her Masters in Education from Concordia University. Last year, she was promoted to not only run her own pre-kindergarten class but oversaw the development of other pre-kindergarten class structures and recommended standardized programs to the Cicero school district for implementation.
Ms. Eder was very proud and passionate about her work with children. Friends described her as extremely generous, caring, thoughtful, warm, and hard-working.
She was active in the community through her involvement in several Catholic young ministry organizations, including the Old St. Pat's Young Adult Ministry of Chicago, Forest Park-Oak Park-River Forest Young Adult (FORYA) Ministry, and St. Louise Young Adults Club of LaGrange Park.
She donated her time to assist Chicago area residents with blood drives for Life Source, hosted "Theology on Tap" discussion groups which cover the teachings of the Catholic Church in a modern setting, and helped with the "Giving Tree" drive at Christmas, which supplies gifts for underprivileged children or adults in Chicago's inner-city communities.
She is survived by her parents, Francis and Kathryn Eder; and her brother, Stephen (Beth).
Visitation was held Dec. 27, 2004 at Conboy's Westchester Funeral Home. Interment will take place the following day at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Sebastian Ramos, 68, design engineer, Ascension parishioner
Sebastian C. Ramos, 68, of Oak Park, died Dec. 20, 2004, at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. Mr. Ramos worked as a design engineer and was a member of Ascension Parish.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and his brother, Guillermo (Ofelia) Ramos.
Visitation was held on Dec. 26 at Hursen Funeral Home in Hillside. Funeral Mass was celebrated the following day at Ascension Church in Oak Park. Interment will take place in San Ildefonso, Philippines.
Mary Gavelek, 83, retired employee of Brach's Candy Company
Mary L. Gavelek, 83, of Oak Park, formerly a longtime resident of North Riverside, died Dec. 16, 2004 at Oak Park Hospital. Mrs. Gavelek spent 30 years as a line worker for Brach's Candy Company. She was very active in Trinity Community Church of Berwyn as a member of the women's guild. She was also involved in the North Riverside Recreation Arts and Crafts Group.
Mrs. Gavelek was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence. She is survived by her son, James; her grandson, Gregory; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Ellen, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Dec. 19 at Conboy's Westchester Funeral Home. Services took place the following day at Conboy's, followed by interment at Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside. Memorials can be made to Pick-A-Pet Welfare, P.O. Box 5181, River Forest 60305.