Raymond F. LeFevour, 81, of Oak Park, died unexpectedly on Jan. 24, 2012. Born on June 30, 1930 in Chicago to John and Frances LeFevour, he was a graduate of St. Patrick High School and received a Master in Business Administration degree from DePaul University.
David Norris, 60, died on Jan. 29, 2012, surrounded by his family. Born on Sept. 8, 1951, to Edward and Margaret (Meany) Norris in Oak Park, he attended St. Giles Elementary School and continued his education at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he was a standout athlete in football.
Steven Murchie Cahill, 70, of Branson, Mo., died on Jan. 24, 2012 after a long illness. Born on Jan. 29, 1941 in Chicago to Jeannette and Arthur Cahill, he spent his childhood in Hyde Park and River Forest. He attended Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he served on the Student Council.
Edward Charles Sheehan Jr., 73, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died of cancer on Jan. 19, 2012. The firstborn of five boys, he grew up in Oak Park and became a teacher. His work as swim coach at St. Philip High School led to producing swim shows when he founded Aqua Nuts.
Paul Gerhardt Grotelueschen, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of River Forest, died at home on Dec. 20, 2011 after a brief battle with liver cancer. Born in Carlinville on Dec. 8, 1927 to Paul H. Grotelueschen, a Lutheran teacher and principal, and Esther Kuehnert Grotelueschen, he spent most of his youth in Wausau, Wis. He completed his last two years of high school at Concordia in River Forest.
Phil Chapman, aka "Dr. Phil, the House Doctor," 55, of Naperville, who regularly repaired and painted the homes of Oak Parkers, died on Jan. 18, 2012 of liver cancer. More than 100 homeowners in Oak Park were his regular customers for over 27 years, according to his wife, Nadine (nee Romano). He was known for his reasonable prices and cleverly worded flyers advertising "house calls."
Edith P. Crabbe, nee Prescott, 101, formerly of Oak Park, died on Jan. 15, 2012 at Westminster Place, Presbyterian Homes in Evanston. She worked as a social worker from 1933 to 1973 with the Cook County Department of Welfare and related agencies, served as president of Zonta Club of Oak Park and on the Oak Park Symphony board, and was a member of the Nineteenth Century Club and the Senior Citizen's Center of Oak Park-River Forest.
Jean Anderson Weliver, 76, of Long Lake, died on Jan. 17, 2012. Born on Oct. 10, 1935, she was a graduate of DePauw University, sister of Wabash College, member of AOII, First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Palette and Chisel, Long Lake Yacht Club, and the P.E.O.