Catherine Kalchbrenner, 86, a resident of Oak Park for over 50 years, died at home on Jan. 17, 2011. Born in Chicago on Jan. 30, 1924, the youngest of five children, to Martin and Johanna Puss, she was married for 61 years to the late Walter Kalchbrenner.
Robert Ransom, 88, a lifelong Oak Park resident, died on Jan. 27, 2011. Born at West Suburban Hospital on Nov. 10, 1922, he attended William Beye School and Oak Park and River Forest High School, graduating in 1940.
Patricia Marie Thornton (nee Mooney), 87, a resident of Oak Park for over 60 years, died on Jan. 26, 2011. A quiet, thoughtful woman who loved to read and enjoyed a good political discussion, she was never the life of the party, but presided over many.
Audrey Zoloto (nee Ames), 70, died on Jan. 20, 2011 at home in River Forest. Born on April 7, 1940, the youngest daughter of David and Frances Ames, she enjoyed a quintessentially American childhood on Chicago's Northwest Side.
Arthur Stanley Martin, 92, formerly of River Forest, died on Jan. 6, 2011 in Edina, Minn. Born on July 25, 1918, in Evanston to Stanley Martin and Grace Griffin Martin, he attended Oak Park and River Forest High School, Yale University and the University of Chicago.
Jeannine L. DeRose Ihrig, Ph.D., 71, died on Jan. 21, 2011. Born in Chicago on Nov. 5, 1939, she was a lifelong resident of Oak Park and River Forest. All who knew her well remember these times with affection and mourn her passing after a prolonged illness.
Patrick James Callahan, 63, of La Grange, formerly of Oak Park, died on Jan. 18, 2011. Born on St. Patrick's Day, 1947, he was an attorney, a U.S. Army veteran who graduated from Ascension School, Fenwick High School, Loyola University and DePaul University School of Law.
William H. Shafer, 89, of River Forest, formerly of Oak Park, died on Jan. 10, 2011. A former electrical engineer for Commonwealth Edison, he became the Oak Park Township Assessor for three consecutive terms after he retired, in addition to teaching an electric automobile class at Triton College in River Grove until the age of 80.