Basia "Betty" Rubinstein, 86, died on Sept. 3, 2012. Born in Kielce, Poland, she married Morris Rubinstein (z"l) in the Kielce ghetto 70 years ago. Basia and her brother, Leon (z"l) were the sole Holocaust survivors of the Zakowski family. She honored her lost loved ones by daily sharing her own experiences.
Judith Ann Southwick, 73, a longtime Oak Park resident, died on Aug. 27, 2012 after a long struggle with cancer. Born on April 20, 1939 in Middlesboro, Ken., to Dorothy and Dr. Wilbur Grimm, they moved two years later to Peoria, where Dr. Grimm was Chairman of the Biology Department and later became dean of the graduate school at Bradley University.
Harold D. McPheron, a resident of Elmwood Park and a 14-year staff member at the main library, died on July 23, 2012. Born in Northlake to Donald and Patricia McPheron, who preceded him in death, he was a graduate of Leyden Township High School and attended Triton College.
Mary Edwards Lander Clark, 56, died on Aug. 24, 2012, at Loyola Hospital in Maywood. A nationally-known advocate for the hearing-impaired and disabled, she was a resident of Oak Park for nearly 30 years. A teacher, counselor, orator, humorist, educator, and hostess at her big house on Forest Avenue, she loved her big inclusive family — children, siblings, parents, ALDA — and all of those who needed help.
Chester Charlton McCullough Jr., 95, a resident of River Forest for almost 60 years, died on Aug. 19, 2012. Born on March 18, 1917, in the city of Chicago, the son of Chester C. and Una (McFarland) McCullough, he attended the Harvard School for Boys, Beloit College (B.A., 1939), Chicago Kent College of Law (LL.B., 1947, and J.D., 1948), and the University of Chicago (MBA, 1953).
Paula Rosales Nelson Starkey, 91, died peacefully on April 11, 2012 in Hanover, N.H. Born in Oak Park, she pursued wide-ranging social, intellectual, and aesthetic interests throughout her life even though her family's economic circumstances during the Great Depression made a formal college education unattainable.
Betty G. Watts of Westchester, formerly of River Forest, died at the Bethesda Home of Chicago on Aug. 8, 2012. Born in Chicago to the late Henry and Margaret Gainer, she worked as a clerk for the FBI in the Chicago office during WWII.