Catherine R. Holmes, 95, of Oak Park, died in her home on Jan. 15, 2012. Born in Chicago on Nov. 21, 1916, she graduated from Marshall High School in Chicago. In 1953, she married Edward Holmes, a Chicago police officer who died in 1983.
Victoria Ruth Bouman (nee Bartling), 88, died on Christmas Day, 2011. Born on Jan. 14, 1923 in Bismarck, N.D., to Dorothea (nee Pfotenhauer) and Rev. Victor Bartling, her father baptized her into the faith that sustained her. She grew up on the campus of Concordia College, Milwaukee, where her father was a professor.
Dorothy F. Bergl (nee Michalek), 92, of Glendale Heights and a former longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Dec. 21, 2011 at Lexington Healthcare in Lombard. Born in Cicero on Feb. 25, 1919 to Joseph and Frances Michalek, she was a graduate of Morton High School, and in her 20s, was employed by Western Electric.
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.