Kamala A. Mazhar Ali, 74, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died at her home on Nov. 25, 2012. Born on Dec. 5, 1937 in Hyderabad, India, to Abraham and Martha Vallabdas, she was raised there and graduated from Stanley Girls High School and Osmanra University where she received a degree in nursing.
With Redd Griffin there was no such thing as a short conversation. He knew too much, and it was all connected. He could take you to the seemingly innocuous intersection of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, and suddenly you saw it — and the entire village — as the juxtaposition of old world architecture (southeast corner, modeled on the Rothaus in Frankfort, Germany) and the new world (southwest corner, the Prairie-style Scoville Square building).
Virginia Ann Moyle Pezalla, Ph.D., 66, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Nov. 6, 2012. Born in Excelsior, Minn., on Oct. 6, 1946 to John and Evelyn Moyle, she was a graduate of Minnetonka High School and received her doctorate in Zoology in 1977.
George M. Shutes, 91, of St. Charles, formerly a longtime resident of River Forest, died on Nov. 1, 2012. Born on Nov. 30, 1920 in Oakland, Calif., to Milton and Helen McKillip Shutes, he was raised in Piedmont, Calif., and joined the Air Force after his college years at the University of California Berkley and Davis campuses.
James R. Moore, 63, a former Oak Park resident, died on Oct. 17, 2012 at Oscar Johnson V.A. Hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich. He attended St. Edmund School, graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School, and was a Vietnam War veteran.
Karen Lynn Mitterer, 40, died on Sept. 22, 2012. Born on Sept. 10, 1972 in Hinsdale, she attended and graduated from Grace Lutheran School and Oak Park and River Forest High School. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in English from Smith College, she went on to pursue a law degree from Chicago Kent School of Law.
June Mahoney Noonan, 94, died on Oct. 23, 2012 at Loyola Hospital. Born on March 8, 1918, her church affiliations, which gave her peace and hope, were enhanced by fellowship with amazing people who felt blessed by her presence in return.
Norman Adelman, 82, died peacefully on Oct. 15, 2012 in Oak Park. He was the executive director of the Children's Outing Association (COA Youth and Family Centers). Born on July 16, 1930, he and his wife moved to Milwaukee from Brooklyn, New York to work with the Milwaukee Jewish Community Center and in November 1958 he was hired as executive director of COA, where he served until his retirement in 1990.