Gertrude Matthews, 99, River Forest resident


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Gertrude A. Matthews (nee Foley), 99, of River Forest, died on Feb. 14, 2014. Born on June 3, 1914, she is survived by her her daughter Mary Anne (Mike) Leavitt, grandchildren, Sarie (Raymond) Wambaja and Ryan Leavitt; her great-grandchildren, Addyson and Zachary Wambaja; her sister, Ruth Foley; her niece, Judith (Charles) Goodwin; and her great-nephews and niece, Timothy, Emily, James and Charles Goodwin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E.; her son, Joseph; her grandson, Steve Leavitt; her sister, Ann Urban; and her nephew, George Urban. 

Visitation was held on Feb. 23 at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, 7319 W. Madison St. in Forest Park. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 24 at St. Giles Church in Oak Park, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Glenwood School for Boys and Girls,, are appreciated. Additional information is available at and 708-366-2200. 

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