Terri (Neufeldt) Race, a native and longtime resident of Oak Park and River Forest, died on Dec. 12, 2010. A 1971 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School where she was captain of the varsity cheerleaders and a member of A Cappella Choir and Mixed Ensemble, she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas on an academic scholarship, graduating in three years with a teaching degree in Spanish.
John Gartner, 48, died peacefully on Oct. 17, 2010. Born on Jan. 22, 1962 and raised in Oak Park, he attended Holmes, Beye, Emerson Junior High (now Brooks Middle School) and Oak Park and River Forest High School, graduating in 1981.
Betty Van Wyk (Vicha), 71, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 14, 2010, in Tampa, Fla., while battling pancreatic cancer. A journalism graduate of Hope College, she taught high school in Normal before returning to Chicago where she was born in 1939. Moving to Oak Park, she became a reporter for Pioneer Press, handling the education beat for the Oak Leaves.
George Harold Klumpner, 62, of Downers Grove, died on Nov. 23, 2010. Born to Dr. George Klumpner and Inger Olson Klumpner, 56-year Oak Park residents, he grew up in Oak Park and attended Longfellow School and Oak Park and River Forest High School.
James L. Maple, 87, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Nov. 24, 2010. Born on Sept. 24, 1923 near Royal Oak, Mich., to Paul and Antoinette Maple, he had three brothers and one sister. Mr. Maple studied music at Muskegon College and served in the U.S. Air Force, 1943-44, then continuing his service in the Air Reserves until 1955.
James H. McCauley Sr., 71, died on Dec. 3, 2010. Born in 1939, he was devoted to his faith and his church, a respected industry leader and former president and owner of McCauley Mechanical Construction Inc.
Joseph S. Gullo, 86, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Nov. 24, 2010. Born in 1924, he was a teacher, counselor and administrator of guidance programs in the Chicago public schools. He loved helping young people set and attain career goals.
Mary Philomena Puccinelli, 80, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 24, 2010 in the presence of her children. Born in Ireland and educated in a one-room schoolhouse in County Wexford, she became a midwife in England and a nurse in America, where she delivered hundreds of babies and shared her boundless love with everyone lucky enough to have met her.