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Mollie Teinowitz, 81, real estate agent and broker in OP and RF
Mollie Teinowitz (nee Dorin), 81, a real estate agent and broker for nearly 50 years in Oak Park and River Forest, died Feb. 18, 2005 from a stroke.

Not only a real estate agent, but a broker associate, the top real estate licensing tier, Mollie was a well known local Realtor for Baird & Warner who continued to work well into her 70s, sometimes selling homes to the sons and daughters raised in the houses she helped their parents buy years before.

She served on Oak Park Board of Realtors committees and won various Baird & Warner awards. She was a member of the President's Club, Vice President's Club and Director's Club and retired from the real estate business several years ago after a stroke.

She also raised a family of five and participated in B'nai Brith-related duties, served as a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader, and volunteered as a "picture lady," helping students learn about art in local schools.

Her husband of more than 59 years, Neil, a manufacturer's representative, died last April.

Mollie Teinowitz is survived by five children, Ira, Ellen (Andy) Taylor of River Forest, Norman (Valerie Vogel), Amy Teinowitz James, and Robert; three grandchildren, Sam Taylor, and Keegan and Faolan Teinowitz; four brothers and sisters, Leah Bettelman, Dave Dorin, Bernice Bershad, and Leonard (Jana) Dorin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services at Westlawn Cemetery were held Feb. 21 (Section D), 7801 W. Montrose Ave. in Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago 60601 or to The Cara Program, which aids the homeless, 703 W. Monroe, Chicago 60661.

Arrangements were handled by Chicago Jewish Funerals.

Vilma McClure, 88, taught piano to OP children from her home
Vilma McClure (nee Gasperik), 88, of LaGrange, formerly of Oak Park, died Feb. 15, 2005. A first-generation American of Hungarian descent, she grew up in Chicago's Burnside neighborhood. She graduated from Fenger High School and attended the American Conservatory of Music.

A resident of Oak Park from 1954 till 1993 when she moved to LaGrange, Mrs. McClure and her late husband, Allan, were active members of Pilgrim Congregational Church and sang in the choir. Mrs. McClure taught piano to children for more than three decades at the Austin Academy of Fine Arts, then from her Oak Park home.

Vilma McClure is survived by her sons, James A. (Kathleen) McClure and Thomas J. (Janet) McClure, and her grandchildren, Steven, Wendy, Megan and Timothy McClure. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allan, and her brother, Joseph Gasperik.

A memorial service was held Feb. 20 in the chapel of First United Methodist Church of LaGrange. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Chicago Children's Choir, Chicago Cultural Center, 5th floor, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago 60602.

Gerald Griffith, 90, former CEO of Western Tire Auto
Gerald J. Griffith, 90, of Fairfield, Ohio, formerly of River Forest and Oak Park for more than 50 years, died Feb. 13, 2005.

Mr. Griffith worked for Western Tire Auto stores for over a half century, retiring as CEO in the early 1980s. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Cincinnati.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Dezso Sherrick Griffith; his daughters, Geri (Jim) Born and Sandy (Rick) Barsan; his sons, Floyd (the late Dolly), Dan (Julie), Gary (Kim), Bob (Mary Anne), and Mike Sherrick; his grandchildren, Dawn, Jim, Joe, Dan Jr., Tim, Jerry, Chris, T.J., Matt, Chris, Peter, Meghan, Kelly, and Bobby; six great-grandchildren; his brother, Bill (Laura), Joe (Nona), Elenore (Lou) Caviale, Della (Bob) Svoboda, and Barb (Jim) Cavanaugh.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Edna Griffith (nee Schaloske).

Funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 19 at St. Luke Catholic Church in River Forest, followed by entombment in the Crucifixion Garden Mausoleum at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Arrangements were handled by Gamboney & Son Funeral Directors in Oak Park.

Louisa Blakemore, 91, wife and mother of Harrison St. Church pastors
Louisa (Hoppe) Blakemore, 91, of Burke, Va., formerly of Oak Park and Alexander County, Ill., died Feb. 16, 2005 at home.

Born on Feb. 17, 1913 to Ernest and Amelia (Barsuhn) Hoppe, she married John Blakemore on June 23, 1935. A homemaker, she was a member of Harrison Street Bible Church, where her husband and son served as pastors. She was the church's organist and pianist for many years.

Louisa Blakemore is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (David) Tye; her son, Paul (Dorothy) Blakemore; her daughter-in-law, Marla Blakemore of Oak Park; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Peter; and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Feb. 20 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., followed by interment at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Harrison St. Bible Church, 911 S. Taylor Ave., Oak Park 60304.

Darlena Marquardt
Darlena Martha Marquardt (nee Custis) of Oak Park, died Feb. 13, 2005. She was the wife of the late Henry Marquardt, the mother of Henry Jr. (Katherine) and Charles, and the grandmother of Adrianna, Danielle, William and Bradley. Cremation was private. Arrangements were handled by Joseph Nosek & Sons Funeral Home in Berwyn.

?#34;Compiled by Ken Trainor

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