Edith Louise Ewert, 95, a longtime resident of Oak Park and River Forest, died on April 5, 2016. Born on June 9, 1920 (the year women achieved the right to vote) in Chicago to Henry August and Bertha Dorthea (Waterstrat) Jacobs, she was a lifelong Lutheran, family genealogist, and world traveler. She was active with the Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest, the 19th Century Charitable Association, Friends of the River Forest Public Library, and Forest Park Seniors.
She founded a family real estate company rehabilitating and operating vintage apartment buildings and was one of the first people to convert apartments to condominiums in Oak Park. Her interest in family history led to an initiative with the Newberry Library to microfilm original Lutheran church and cemetery records in Chicago.
Edith Ewert is survived by her children, John, Thomas (Grace), Laurel (Dennis) McMahon, and Paul (Carol); and her grandchildren, Matthew (Tasha) Ewert, Mark (Danielle Donates) Ewert, Claire McMahon, A. Fiona (Joshua St. Cyr) McMahon, Christopher, Daniel, Thomas, Kevin, and Sarah Ewert. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Ewert.
Memorials may be made to the Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest, P.O. Box 771, Oak Park, 60303-0771 or to Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest, 60305.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.
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