Helen C. Bird, 96, of Milwaukee and formerly of Oak Park and River Forest died on September 29, 2011. Ms. Bird was born and raised in New Orleans and in Rutherford, NJ. She graduated from Louisiana State University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After her marriage, she came to Oak Park and River Forest and raised her family.
Susan Anderson — a gay rights activist who has been actively involved in the Oak Park community for years — didn't succeed in becoming Berwyn's first openly gay alderman. But she had a powerful influence on the woman who did.
Jim Boushay was the ultimate people person. Warm, engaging, chatty and determined to connect people, Boushay and his partner Rickey Sain organized their lives around connections. Mr. Boushay died unexpectedly on Sept. 21, 2011 at the age of 63 in his home in Harvey, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans. Boushay and Sain had moved to New Orleans two years ago after spending decades in Oak Park.
Loretta Ann Biedermann, 94, a resident at the Bethesda Lutheran Home in Chicago, formerly of Oak Park, died on Sept. 5, 2011. Born in Chicago to Joseph and Amelia Biedermann, she was a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and Pestalozzi Froebel Teacher's College in Chicago.
Dzevad (Jeko) Vukovljak, 56, of Oak Park, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 25, 2011 at home. He was born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzogovina on June 11, 1955 to Izet and Devleta Vukovljak. In March of 1980, he married his wife, Lana.
Agnes H. Finnegan, 103, a longtime resident of Oak Park, passed away at home on Sept. 25, 2011. Born on July 29, 1908 in Mulhull, Okla., to Michael and Mary Devitt. Raised in Waukon, Iowa, she graduated from Waukon High School.
Joel Sheffel, a lively and pugnacious advocate for people with disabilities in Oak Park and beyond, was found dead in his Oak Park apartment on Monday. Mr. Sheffel was 68 and reportedly suffered from leukemia, according to a spokeswoman for the Oak Park Housing Authority. He had last been seen at The Oaks late on Sunday evening.
Florence Larmay "Miss Flo" Raad, 89, a resident of Wesley Commons Assisted Living, died on Sept. 12, 2011 at the Hospice House. Born in Oakland, Calif., on April 3, 1922, she lived and worked most of her life in Chicago and was an office manager at Penton Publishing Co. for over 15 years.