Elizabeth M. Becker (nee Witte), 71, died on Oct. 11, 2011. She was an Oak Park resident. Born on October 8, 1940, Elizabeth worked at Concordia University for over 36 years, most recently serving as Associate Director of CenSRCH.
Pearl T. Harding (nee Tillotson), 96, died on Sept. 23, 2011. Born on Sept. 25, 1914 in Chicago, she was the only child of Cassius C. and Grace M. Tillotson. A longtime resident of Oak Park, she worked most of her life in the women's fashion industry as an accessories buyer for various department stores, including Wallace Gilmour Inc., in Oak Park.
Dr. Raymond Nadar died on Sept. 28, 2011 after a long, courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Born in Chicago to the late Bernard and Lillian (Liszewski) Nadarzynski, he was valedictorian of his graduating class at Weber High School and was studying chemistry at De Paul University in Chicago when World War II broke out.
Alice C. Brezon (nee Bender), 87, of Oak Park, died on Oct. 7, 2011. She was the wife of the late Edward; the mother of Jonathan (Christine), Marya (Jay) Margolis, Jennifer (Thierry) Fluteau, Elizabeth (Robert) Martin and Julia (Paul) Nichols; the grandmother of 13; the sister of Helen (Robert) Giss; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Lois E. Ebinger, 97, died on Aug. 4, 2011. Now a memorial service is being planned for Oct. 8. Ms. Ebinger lived in Oak Park all of her life, except for the years she spent teaching nursing at Yale University and Vanderbilt University. For the last 10 years, she resided at Oak Park's Holley Court Terrace Retirement Community.
Maria Vittoria Orfei, M.D., 88, long-time resident of River Forest died on September 28, 2011 at Loyola Medical Center. She was born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy on March 17, 1923 to Francesco and Amalia Bonelli. She graduated from the Universita di Roma with a Laurea in Medicina e Chirurgia in 1950.
John Jamnik, Jr., 99, died peacefully in his sleep in his home at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community on Friday, September 30, 2011. A long-time resident of the Waukegan area, John was born in Slovenia (Austria-Hungary) in 1912 and came to the United States at the age of 10.
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.