Rory Brennan Zuba, 13, an artistic, sweet soul
Rory Brennan Zuba, 13, of Rockford, formerly of Oak Park, died Feb. 22, 2005 of brain cancer. He died two days after a family fundraiser was held in Forest Park to help defray the medical expenses from alternative treatments for his condition.
His aunt, Regina Brennan, said the fundraiser was a real success and a morale boost for a family that has endured more than its share of calamity. Rory's mother, Trish, died suddenly in 1999, and his older sister, Erin, died suddenly in 1990 at the age of 18 months.
Approximately 200 people attended the event, Brennan said, and they collected numerous donations, some coming from total strangers, to the Rory Brennan Zuba Medical Expense Fund. Rory's brother Sean, 9, attended the party, held at Molly Malone's, but Rory was too weak to make the trip from Rockford. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Rory suffered a fatal seizure.
"We were so glad on Sunday," said Regina. "Everyone came together for him. It's difficult to comprehend or take in. But we're so grateful to live in such a generous community."
In addition to his brother, Sean, Rory is survived by his father, Tom Zuba. Rory was laid to rest on Feb. 28 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside next to his mother and sister.
A celebration of Rory's life will be held at 3 p.m., March 6, in the auditorium of First Assembly of God Church in Rockford. Arrangements are being handled by Honquest Family Funeral Home in Rockford.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Rory Brennan Zuba Medical Expense Fund, c/o Alpine Bank, Rockford, Ill. (or to 407 Ashland, River Forest 60305).
Patricia Mueller, 66, Triton advisor, Sarah's Inn board member
Patricia J. Mueller (nee O'Connell), 66, of Edgerton, Wis., formerly of Oak Park died Feb. 26, 2005.
Three months after the birth of her sixth child--the oldest was age 13--she returned to college and earned her B.A. from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in 1975. She received her M.A. in education from Mundelein College in 1979 while working as director of Religious Education at St. Giles.
An active member of Ascension Parish, she later became director of Academic Advising at Triton Community College, where she stayed involved until her retirement in 2000. She was an original member of the Sarah's Inn Board of Directors, and actively participated in other community projects.
Patricia Mueller is survived by her husband, Leonard Jr.; her children, Robert (Anne), Marie "Terri" (William) Monaco, Leonard III (Therese), Amy (Terence) Tenca, Kurt (Kathy), and Matthew (Karen); her grandchildren, Morgan, Brian, Nora, Courtney, Patrick, Danielle, Dominic, Kevin, Kasey, and Kaitlyn; her sister, Frances Chain; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held March 1 at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home in Westchester. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., March 2, at Ascension Church in Oak Park. Interment will be private.
Memorials are appreciated to Sarah's Inn, P.O. Box 1159, Oak Park 60304.
Robert Sawyer, 63, VP of marketing at Oak Park Hospital
Robert W. Sawyer, 63, of Forest Park, died Feb. 22, 2005. He was born on Feb. 17, 1942 in Chicago to Matt and Helen Sawyer. A graduate of Morgan Park Academy High School and Lake Forest College, he served in the Army National Guard for 6 years in the 1970s.
Mr. Sawyer was the former vice president of marketing at Oak Park Hospital, retiring in 1986. He was also the past treasurer of The Altenheim in Forest Park and a member of Forest Park Kiwanis.
Robert Sawyer is survived by his wife, Kathryn E. "Betsy" (nee Davis) of Forest Park. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was held Feb. 25 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. Funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 26 at St. Luke Church in River Forest, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. Memorials to the American Heart Association, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago 60678-3968 are appreciated.
Rick Jones, 37, OPRF grad, battled kidney disease
Frederick (Rick) Jones, Jr., 37, died Feb. 20, 2005 after a long battle with kidney disease. Rick grew up in Oak Park, graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1985 and later relocated to Dallas, Georgia.
Rick is survived by his mother, Vernita Jones; his father, Frederick Jones, Sr.; his sisters, Lisa and Ebonee; and a host of family and friends.
Visitation and a memorial service were held Feb. 26 at St. Philip Neri Church in Chicago.
Dorothy 'Dot' Klingler, 83, former nurse at Oak Park Hospital
Dorothy "Dot" Dowen (Bradshaw) Klingler, RN, 83, died Feb. 10, 2005. She was born on Aug. 10, 1921 to William H. and Orlean Kathryn (Dowen) Bradshaw. Mrs Klingler was a 1939 graduate of Van Buren High School, Brazil, Ind.
In 1942, Dorothy graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and completed graduate training in pediatrics from Indiana University Medical Center, both in Indianapolis. She served as a popular charge nurse in Clay, Decatur, and Putnam counties, at Oak Park Hospital and St. Luther General Hospital in the Chicago area, before retiring in 1972 from St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was preceded in death by her sons, James and Preston; her brother William Bradshaw; and her brother-in-law, Dr. George V. Teter. She is survived by her daughters, Jean Boyden, Roberta Ray, and Jane Atkinson; her sister, Mildred (Teter) Green; her brothers, John H. and Robert G. Bradshaw; her grandchildren, Pat and Mike Boyden, Diane Flock, Jill Cervera, Brad and Mark Atkinson; great-grandchildren and in-laws. Dot's generosity and kind spirit have touched the lives of many.
Visitation was held Feb. 14 at Lawson-Miller Chapel in Brazil, Ind., followed by a graveside burial service at Calcutta Cemetery in Clay County, Ind. Memorial contributions may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 207 N. Meridian St., Brazil, Ind. 47834 or to the American Cancer Society, 6030 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46278 or to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, 1206 E. National Avenue, Brazil, Ind. 47834.
?#34;Compiled by Ken Trainor