Edward Rossow, 92, owner of Rossow's Auto Service
Edward W. Rossow, 92, of Oak Park, died on March 3, 2005. Mr. Rossow was born June 11, 1912 in Chicago and raised in Oak Park, graduating from Lincoln Elementary School and Oak Park and River Forest High School.
He was the owner and operator of Rossow's Auto Service in Oak Park and Forest Park before retiring in 1985. He was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church in Oak Park and served there as a trustee.
Edward Rossow was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 2004 and his sister, Myrtle Rozhon. He is survived by his sons, David (Sue) and Ronald (Kaye); his grandchildren, Kim (Gary) Barczak, Matthew and Laura Rossow, and Candi (Brian) Steel and Justin (Julianna) Rossow; and his great-grandchildren, Kristina, Alexis and Brett, Jason and Maya, and Geoffrey. Visitation was held at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Funeral services were held March 11 at Christ Lutheran Church, Harvard and East Avenue in Oak Park, followed by interment at Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park. Memorials to St. Thomas Hospice, 8230 S. Madison, Burr Ridge 60527, or Christ Lutheran Church are appreciated.
Dick Murphy, 64, microbiology prof at UIC, community volunteer
Dick Murphy, 64, a 35-year resident of Oak Park, died Feb. 27, 2005, peacefully in his sleep. Known by his family as "Grandpa Dick," Mr. Murphy was a retired professor of microbiology at UIC. He enjoyed traveling and had recently returned from California to visit his daughter.
A member of Ascension parish, he was working on the annual Teen Takeover retreat. In addition, he sang with the Community Renewal Society, participated in a book club, assisted with a production of Open Door Repertory Company, and volunteered with PADS. Family Camp was another important program in his life.
Most of all, he loved visits with his grandchildren, Jackson, Lauren and Matthew; his sons, Mike and Steve; and his daughters-in-law, Laurie and Laina. He always had a smile on his face, an ear to lend and a bear hug to give.
Visitation and memorial service took place March 2.
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