Garmond "Gar" Schurr, 92, of Oak Park, died on May 20, 2011 at home. Born on his grandmother's farm in western North Dakota, he graduated from North Dakota State University in 1940, then entered the U.S. Army where he served his country for 5½ years, attaining the rank of captain in the Chemical Warfare Service.
Al Belanger, 90, longtime Oak Park resident and Korean War veteran, died on June 8, 2011. Born in Chicago on April 7, 192l, the first son of Albert and Jeannette Hantz Belanger, he grew up in the Austin neighborhood and attended St. Philip High School, where he played clarinet in the band, wrote for the school paper, and was involved in Chicago Inter-Student Catholic Action (CISCA).
Ronald Stuart Wilson Chew, 77, died suddenly on June 7, 2011 in Oak Park. Born on July 15, 1933, in Philadelphia, Penn., to Marjorie Oberhaltzer and Russell Chew, he was married to Karla Hoover Chew, his partner in peace for 49 years.
Colleen E. Clarke (nee Domrose), 62, of Oak Park, died on June 2, 2011 from complications related to Multiple Sclerosis. Family and friends say she took great joy in their company s and will always be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, niece and friend.
Frederick Franklin Petrick, a writer, collector, father and musician whose dulcimer playing often could be heard serenading the William Beye School neighborhood from his porch across the street, has died after a three-year fight against colon cancer.
Fred A. Cafasso, Ph.D., 81, an Oak Park resident for over 50 years, died on May 19, 2011. Born in Staten Island, N.Y., he was a graduate of Long Island University and New York University where he received his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry.
Eugene E. Mull, 82, a Forest Park resident, died recently. He was the husband of Betty Mull (nee Gross) of Oak Park; the father of Sandra (Robert) Day and Christopher Mull; the grandfather of Michelle Orozco and Dominic Winter; and the great-grandfather of David and Marissa Orozco.
Dr. Richard T. Spangler, 56, spent his life caring for those in need, as close as St. Joseph Hospital on Chicago's near North Side, and as far away as Leogane, Haiti. Family and friends agree that he approached his life's mission with incredible kindness and gentleness.