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Phillip Williams, 59, wrote and published how-to books
Phillip Gaines Williams, PhD, 59, an author and publisher of "how-to" books on business, law and ethics, died at his Oak Park home on July 9, 2005.

Mr. Williams owned Gaines Co. Publishers, an independent publisher of business and legal titles that received numerous citations and commendations from attorneys, public libraries, reviewers and entrepreneurs for its work in the self-help business field. He wrote and published Take Care of Your Health Care Decisions: A State-by-State Guide to Preparing Your Living Will, Appointing Your Health Care Agent, and How to Form Your Own Illinois Corporation Before the Inc. Dries, which he also adapted for several other states.

Mr. Williams had an eclectic career, which included teaching humanities courses at the University of Chicago, managing investments for individual clients, working in the administrative offices of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and working at the Internal Revenue Service. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.

He was born on June 14, 1946 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to the late W. Harry Williams and Florence Annette (nee Conner), and is survived by his mother and his half-brother, William Williams. He was preceded in death by his life partner, Douglas Carey. He and Carey enjoyed many journeys through Latin America.

A memorial service is being planned for September in Oak Park.

 

Elenore Sullivan, 81, Model who became a model teacher
Elenore Smith Sullivan, 81, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died Aug. 15, 2005. Mrs. Sullivan's maternal grandparents, Katherine and John Cremin, were early settlers in South Austin and one of the five founding families of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in the 1880s. Her paternal grandparents, Lydia and Michael Smith, were also early residents of Austin, and her uncle, Rev. Thomas McDevitt, was the founding pastor of Ascension Parish in Oak Park.

Mrs. Sullivan worked as a model in Chicago and New York in the 1950s and was frequently photographed by fashion photographer Victor Skrebinski. In 1961, she became a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and also substituted in Oak Park's public and private schools. She finally retired 12 years ago from St. John Bosco School in Chicago.

When she left modeling for the classroom, the Chicago Herald Examiner newspaper ran a feature story about her titled, "Beauty at the Blackboard."

Elenore Sullivan is survived by her husband, William J. Sullivan; her children, Anne Tonia, and William B. (Cheryl) Sullivan; and her grandchildren, Cali Cecile, Megan Ellen, and Patrick Bernard.

Visitation will be held Aug. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine-St. Lucy Catholic Church, Austin and Washington boulevards, in Oak Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Catherine-St. Lucy would be appreciated.

 

Gabriel Pietsch, 56, Oak Park resident
Gabriel Pietsch, 56, a resident of Oak Park, died at Loyola Hospital on Aug. 14, 2005. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave. in Oak Park on Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. All are invited to attend.

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