James Edward Hannigan, 81, a 15-year resident of Carolina Shores, N.C., and former longtime resident of Oak Park, died on March 12, 2012 in Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Born in Chicago on Jan. 29, 1931 to the late Frank and Catherine (nee Schlosser) Hannigan, he was a retired public relations manager and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Loretta H. Woeltje (nee Licht), 100, died on March 4, 2012. A lifelong resident of Forest Park and Oak Park and the oldest member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Forest Park, she was the granddaughter of one of Forest Park's earliest beer hall proprietors, Henry Licht Sr., who owned Madison Street House, established in 1873.
Paula Zyto Banks, 85, died peacefully in her Oak Park home on March 4, 2012. "They will never make another Paula," her husband liked to say. She was born on Feb. 3, 1927 in the small town of Dzialoszyce, Poland, located near Krakow.
James P. McSheehy, 65, a lifelong Oak Park resident, died in his home on March 5, 2012. Born in Chicago on July 7, 1946, he was an Ascension grammar school and 1964 Fenwick graduate. He worked for many years in the family business, American Cleaning Equipment. Most recently, he worked at West Suburban Medical Center and retired 10 years ago.
Virginia Ann Dwyer, 78, a longtime resident of Oak Park and Forest Park, died from Alzheimer's disease complications in Deming, N.M. on Jan. 6, 2012. While in the area, she was an active member of Third Unitarian Church in Chicago.
Franklin McMahon, an internationally recognized artist-reporter, died at the age of 90 as a result of a stroke on March 3, 2012. McMahon's drawings and paintings, a number of them on assignment for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Magazine, the New York Times, Life and Look Magazines, and Sports Illustrated, captured the major historical events of the post-World War II era.
Robert "Bob" Wojcik, 81, of River Forest, died peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 21, 2012. Although illness slowed him down the past eight months, he enjoyed a full and happy life among friends and family. Born on Dec. 11, 1930 in Chicago to Bertha and John Wojcik, he attended St. Ignatius High School and DePaul University.
Eugene M. Carlson, a resident of Oak Park for over 40 years, died at home on Feb. 25, 2012. Born in Peoria on Dec. 8, 1934 to the late Martin L. and Lillian J. Carlson, he graduated from Peoria High School, the oldest public high school in Illinois, in 1953 and received his B.A. in History from Bradley University in 1958.