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.
Carl R. Tantillo, 85, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sept. 7, 2011 at home. Born and raised in Chicago, he married his Waller High School sweetheart, raised his family, and eventually ran his own upholstery business.
Patricia Ann Vaughn Ryan, 82, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Oak Park, died on Sept.12, 2011 after a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a devoted member of Northminster Presbyterian Church and the philanthropic organization PEO.
David L. Perry, 63, of Oak Park, a longtime coach at Fenwick High School, died on Sept. 11, 2011. Born in Hastings, Mich. on Oct. 6, 1947, he earned a bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1969 from Western Michigan University and graduated from George Williams College with a master's degree in Recreation Administration in 1971.
Roy Wiedow, 86, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Oak Park, died on Aug. 6, 2011. Born in 1925, he grew up in Oak Park, graduated from Lincoln School and from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1943, where he was a four-year varsity athlete in basketball and baseball. A left-handed pitcher, he helped propel the OPRF baseball team to the state championship in 1942.
Dr. Carlisle Weese, 91, a resident of Oak Park for 44 years, died peacefully at his home on July 29, 2011. Born on Oct. 15, 1919, he graduated in 1942 from Northwestern University Dental School and first practiced in Chicago, then in the Forsythe Building in Oak Park from 1964 until his retirement in 2003.
Patricia Relk, 91, a lifelong resident of Oak Park, died at the Oak Brook Healthcare Centre on Sept. 5, 2011. Born in Chicago on July 28, 1920 to Cornelius and Agnes Relk, She attended Lincoln School and Oak Park and River Forest High School. She earned a teaching degree from Northwestern University.
Francis J. "Frank" Condon, 87, longtime Oak Park resident died on August 29, 2011 at West Suburban Hospital. He was born in Cicero on January 30, 1924 to Patrick and Mary Ellen Condon. Frank was a graduate of Mary Queen of Heaven Elementary School and St. Philip High School.