Rev. Gery W. Stefanski, 58, died at home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Born in Chicago, he attended St. Casimir Catholic School, Quigley South Preparatory Seminary, Niles College of Loyola University, and from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. John Cardinal Cody ordained Father Stefanski on May 9, 1979.
Virginia "Ginny" Dowling (nee Mazurkiewicz), 61, died peacefully on Dec. 21, 2011. Born in Chicago on April 27, 1950 to Irena Jolita and the late Marian Mazurkiewicz, she graduated valedictorian of her class at Morton East High School in 1968.
If you want a flavor of the remarkable array of individuals who inhabit these villages, all you have to do is read Wednesday Journal's obituaries. The frustrating part is finding out about so many of them when it's too late.
Gregory F. Ceurvorst, 65, of Oak Park, died quietly and unexpectedly at home of an apparent heart attack on Dec. 17, 2011. Born on Oct. 20, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Gerard R. and Teckla Ceurvorst, he married Georgia Frances Staes on Feb. 3, 1980. Known professionally as John Bishop, he was a dedicated and passionate jazz guitarist.
Victoria A. Sutrina (nee Finley), 61, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died at home on Dec. 8, 2011. Born in Oak Park on July 11, 1950 to Edmund and Cora Lee Finley, she grew up in River Grove and was a graduate of River Grove Elementary and East Leyden High School. She painted portraits for monuments at J.A. Dedouch Company of Oak Park from 1968-1971.
Dr. Harold James Lane, 84, from Henning, died on Dec. 14 in River Forest. Born on June 27, 1927 to Alonzo Lyman and Margaret (Linfoot) Lane, he received his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and his M.D. from the University of Illinois in Chicago Medical School.
Elizabeth Larea Moore, 89, a two-year resident of Oak Park, formerly of San Diego, died at her home on Dec. 14, 2011. Born in York, Neb., on March 19, 1922 to Hugh and Elizabeth Pursel, she is survived by her son, Rob (Marilyn) Moore of Oak Park; her daughter, Janis Moore; and five grandchildren.
Gregory F. Ceurvorst, 65, of Oak Park, died unexpectedly at home on Dec. 17, 2011. Born on Oct. 20, 1946, the son of Gerard R. and Teckla Ceurvorst, he married Georgia Frances States on Feb. 3, 1980. Known professionally as John Bishop, he was a dedicated and passionate jazz guitarist.
Mildred E. Goldberg, 91, died on Dec. 5, 2011 in Barrington at the home of her son, Richard. Born on Dec. 2, 1920 in Chicago to Daniel and Grace McGinnity, she was a longtime resident of River Forest and Chicago. During her life, she was involved in many charitable organizations.