A. Dean Rogers Sr., 78, of River Forest, died peacefully at home on Nov. 25, 2013. Born in Blue Earth County, Minn., the Rogers family moved to Illinois, where he attended Julia Ward Howe Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School, class of 1953. An Oak Park resident of 46 years, he moved to River Forest in 2005.
A lot of funerals pass through St. Edmund Church, but none quite like the one celebrated last Saturday morning at 8:30 Mass. Roughly 30 parishioners came to mark the passing of Steve Kiraly, 91, a longtime usher at this very Mass.
Mary Ellen Massura (nee Stafford), 88, of Oak Park died on Oct. 19, 2013 in the family home. Born on Oct. 11, 1925 in Lafayette, Ind., she was the eldest twin child of John William and Cora (Sauer) Stafford. She attended St. Mary School through fifth grade. The family moved briefly to Lakewood, Ohio, before settling in Oak Park in 1939, where she resided until her death.
Thomas Charles Nelson, 63, of Charlotte, N.C. and formerly of Oak Park, died on Oct. 29, 2013. Born on April 13, 1950 in Chicago, he spent his youth in Oak Park, graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1967, and then from Bradley University in 1972 before beginning a long career in the construction industry.
Alice Louise Mah-alek (nee Anderson), 88, of Oak Park and Terre Haute, Indiana, died Oct. 10, 2013 surrounded by her family. Born in Boone, Iowa on Oct. 24, 1924, she attended various schools in the Mid-west, graduating from Mount Saint Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas.
Raymond J. "Ray" Brennock, 84, of Oak Park, died on Oct. 25, 2013. Born on Aug. 21, 1929, he was a 1947 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and a 1951 graduate of Loyola University in Chicago. Ray served with the U.S. Army in Korea and, after the war, received his Masters Degree in Business from Chicago's DePaul University.