Sic Transit

• Our annual farewell to those who passed on but made a difference while passing through.

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By KEN TRAINOR

Many of the following stories ended too soon, some after long, distinguished lives. All will be missed:
•Kathleen Nooney, 39, River Forest Park District board member, attorney and mom, of pancreatic cancer.
• Susan Babb, 52, University of Chicago child psychologist.
• Lorena Clusin, 84, substitute teacher, literacy volunteer.
• Emily Sternberg, 87, avid golfer, musical performer and volunteer.
• Kris Dammers, 45, loved baking holiday cookies with kids.
• Ruth Duffy, 93, Chicago Public Schools teacher who lived in Oak Park for nine decades.
• Robert Wood, 66, avid photographer, math tutor.
• Marilynn Kinzer, 85, musician, received her B.A. at the age of 80.
• Carroll Anderson, 83, former chair of the English Department at OPRF High School.
• Allan Frost, 90, pioneer in the manufacture of fiberglass guitars.
• John Budz, 84, metallurgist, developed drills used on the moon.
• Pete Salerno, 82, former proprietor of Super Foods grocery store.
• David Page, 78, professor emeritus of math education at UIC.
• Yolanda Aquilino, 102, member of the St. Luke daily Mass group.
• Pat Boehm, 92, member of First United Church of Oak Park since 1946.
• Nancy Maxson, 76, puppeteer and active community volunteer.
• Francis Moroney, 73, former priest, scholar, athlete who raised funds for retired religious with cross-country bike rides.
• Katie Pozorski Styer, 49, avid swimmer and mom.
• Elizabeth Edwards, 100, born in Oak Park in 1903.
• William Rowder, 66, attorney, former River Forest trustee.
• Gloria Charnes, 79, journalist, social activist, frequent writer of letters to the editor.
• George Nicolaou, 58, art lover, owner of Thyme & Honey Restaurant, suffered from Lou Gehrig's Disease.
• Andy Gilchrist, 91, longtime owner of Gilchrist Hardware, pipe savant and plumbers' guru who frequently made housecalls.
• Ray Campbell, 86, former owner of Ben Franklin, member of the District 90 school board, substitute teacher at OPRF High School.
• Robert Mackey, 83, longtime Democrat, former circuit court judge.
• Evelyn Forbes, 87, former member of the River Forest park board.
• Elmer Orloff, 88, post office employee for 38 years.
• Marie Orth, 90, army nurse during WWII.
• Marie O'Connell, 81, flight attendant, earned her law degree at age 60, became a public defender.
• Karl Sorenson, 70, actor, director, English professor at Concordia University.
• Prentice Marshall, 77, attorney and activist federal judge whose consciousness was raised by a famous racial incident at OPRF High School in the late 1930s.
• Stanley Hull, 81, former fire department captain and acting chief.
• Gerald Greer, 81, OPRF history teacher, world traveler.
• Alex Maximiac, 86, peace and justice activist who regularly protested at the School of the Americas in Georgia.
• Ed Marciniak, 86, civic leader, pioneer professor in urban studies.
• Kathleen Kennedy Martin, 37, clinical psychologist for HAVE Dreams, Inc., which works with autistic children.
• Les Papke, 89, longtime funeral director of Postlewait Funeral Home.
• Martin Greenwald Jr., 83, former owner of Oak Park Bakery.
• George Burns, 41, OPRF Huskie softball fan who announced home games.
• Michael Evans, 36, advocate for the homeless and affordable housing.
• June Ransom, 81, musical performer, former president of MacDowell Artists.
• Kenneth Wilz, 61, biology professor, resident naturalist for the Cook County Forest Preserves.
• Robert McTigue, 92, vice president of Oak Industries.
• Albert Gordon, 98, River Forest activist, vice president of Wausau Insurance.
• Richard Wurtzinger, 69, prolific inventor, including MARS lights on police cars, first to propose a cap over the Eisenhower Expressway.
• Murray Grimes, 52, voice of 'Mark from Oak Park' on SCORE talk radio.
• Joseph Novak, 75, founder of Villager Food Store on Chicago Avenue.
• Ray Ruge, 56, a 32-year veteran of the Oak Park police force.
• Earl Bitoy, 61, inspiring District 97 teacher who won the lottery and tried to use his winnings for societal improvement.
• Sandor Loevy, 64, Oak Park village trustee during the controversial fair housing era of the late 1960s, early 1970s.
• Marty Ott, 91, longtime vice president of First Bank of Oak Park.
• Maye Morrison, owned the Ridgeland Retail Shop, former member of the YMCA board.
• Paulette Nelson, 57, popular teacher at Trinity High School.
• Arnold Weill, 96, member of the OPRF High School board in the 1960s.
• William Lusthoff, 87, member of the Concordia University board, one of the founders of the Concordia Foundation.
• Michael King, 54, public defender, advocate for the poor, River Forest resident.
• Ryan Farrelly, 21, triumphed over his physical limitations, namesake of the Ryan Farrelly Home for people with disabilities in Oak Park.
• James Siler, 87, former French teacher at OPRF High School, active volunteer with the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest.
• Martin Stempniak, 60, active board member of Village Players Theatre.
• Dr. Marthe Chauvet, 88, longtime medical examiner for Chicago Public Schools.
• Elsie Broucek, 93, former president of the Ambassadors of Mary religious organization.
• Nancy Kalita, 50, taught pre-school for the Park District of Oak Park for two decades, mostly at Andersen Rec Center.
• Donal Ertel, 79, bird enthusiast, engineer for the federal government, Shriner, member of Grace Episcopal.
• Patrick McKune, 71, former Oak Park police officer, West Suburban Hospital security.
• Gladys Pledger, 102, eyewitness to one of the early Wright Brothers' flights, motorcycle grandmama.
• Tony Shelton, 49, OPRF High School Gospel Choir director for 20 years.
• Travis Teague, 27, died of heart failure playing the game he loved"basketball.
• Leonard Helmhold, 94, musician with Mills Orchestra, an orchestra for senior citizens.

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