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Edna Reaum, 91, secretary for Rubbermaid

Edna L. Reaum, a retired secretary for the Rubbermaid Corporation during its early years, and later for Arthur Rubloff & Company, died April 9 in St. Petersburg, Florida, after a brief illness. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in her honor in Oak Park, at St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., on Thursday, May 19, at 11 a.m. Burial arrangements will be handled privately.

Miss Reaum, 91, managed the office operations for Rubbermaid's Midwest sales region, based at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, from 1945 to 1962. From 1967 to 1973 she was a secretary for the Rubloff firm at the 69 West Washington Building.

Born in Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood in 1913, she was the fourth daughter of William H. Reaum of Belvidere, Illinois and Mary Louise Vallely, a native of Armagh, Ireland. She was preceded in death by her parents and her three sisters, Alice R. Dunne (the late Sarsfield), who died in 1983, Clara E. Reaum, who died in 1992, and Marian T. Kane (the late Daniel), who died in 2000. Her immediate survivors include a niece, Donna Pierce (Cliff) of Park Ridge; two nephews, Daniel Kane (Maria) of Chicago's Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood, and Thomas Kane (Maureen) of Marion, Illinois. Her two caregivers during her final years in St. Petersburg, Edith Yawn and Nancy Comey, are also counted among her survivors.

Miss Reaum lived in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago for the first 30 years of her life, attending St. Catherine of Siena grammar school from 1919 to 1928. She was a 1932 graduate of Trinity High School in River Forest and pursued a business curriculum at DePaul University in the 1930s. During World War II, she was a dance instructor for the United Service Organizations (USO) at a number of ballrooms in Chicago's Loop. Her 17-year career at Rubbermaid was preceded and followed by two periods of living in San Francisco, 1943-45 and 1962-65, where she worked in the home furnishings industry.

For the first 30 years of her life, Edna Reaum belonged to St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Oak Park. From 1951 to 1973, she was active at St. Edmund Parish in Oak Park. She was a member of Holy Cross Parish in St. Petersburg for the past 28 years.

Rose Kollman Skinner, 96, resident of Chicago
Rose Kollman Skinner, 96, resident of Chicago, died in Chicago on March 24, 2005.

Mrs. Skinner was the wife of Paul Skinner and the mother of Paul "Duke" Skinner. She was also the sister of Laura, Frances, Joe, Leo, Marie and Agnes. She was the daughter of Anna and Alex.

Born on June 4, 1909 in Muscatine, she was named Celeste Rose after the character in Dante's Divine Comedy. Mrs. Skinner moved to Chicago in 1936 to help care for her sister Laura's children.

Mrs. Skinner continued the career she began on Second Street, Muscatine, at Montgomery Ward.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., May 21, at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave., Oak Park. A reception will follow at the home of Mary Louise and Joe Stefanic, 746 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Memorials would be appreciated to the organ fund at Ascension Church.

Archie Kraakevik, 99
Archie Kraakevik, 99, of River Forest, formerly of Decatur, died May 6, 2005 at his home. Born on April 5, 1906, in Chicago, Mr. Kraakevik was raised in Oystese, Norway and Chicago.

Graduating from the University of Illinois, he worked as the vice president of purchasing for the Illinois Power Company until his retirement in 1971He was an elder in the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Decatur as well as a member of the Kiwanis Club.

Mr. Kraakevik is survived by his children, Betty Williams and Charles R. Kraakevik. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Edith Swenson.

Private interment will take place at Graceland/Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur.

Memorials would be appreciated to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1360 W. Main, Decatur 62522.

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

William Kehres, 82, longtime postal worker at OP Post Office

William J. Kehres, 82, of Florida, formerly of Oak Park, died May 3, 2005 in Florida. Born on Feb. 3, 1923, Mr. Kehres was a WWII veteran and the husband of Florence. He was also the stepfather of Florence Hartnett, Sharon Hopkins and Dennis Kehres, and the brother of Harry Kehres. He was a longtime postal worker for the Oak Park post office. Interment will be held at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Arrangements were handled by Williams Kampp Funeral Home in Wheaton.

Mary Jane McNally, beloved wife of Robert
Mrs. McNally was the mother of Valerie Carroll and Ascension Church pastor Rev. Lawrence R. McNally. She was also the grandmother of Valerie, Sandra, Robert, Patricia, and Timothy Carroll and the daughter of Lawrence Schmuhl and Valerie Waldron.

Mrs. McNally was also the sister of Rev. Lawrence, S.M., Valerie Chathas, Marguerite Pietraszak, Robert and James.

A memorial mass will be celebrated Tuesday, May 17, 10:30 a.m. at Ascension Church following a visitation at 9:30 a.m.

Memorials would be appreciated to Ascension Church ADA fund.

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Born 01-26-1932 died on 03-03-05. Beloved Husband of Rosemary Saerz Rice. Father of Charles Jr., Christopher, Philip, Robert, Daniel, Nicole Rice Davis. Grandfather of 15, Great Grandfather of two.

The gates open a gentle voice said

"Come" and with farewell unspoken

We said "Thy will be done." May the

Blessed Virgin greet him and present him

To her Son. May the Sacred Heart receive him,

As it was God's Will was done.

I love and miss you.

Your loving wife, Rosemary

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