Frederick L. Brandstrader, 75, of Chicago, formerly of Oak Park, died on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Born in Chicago on Nov, 30, 1938, he was a graduate of St. Catherine of Siena Grammar School, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Loyola University, and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary.
Connie Ann Davis, 64, a forty-year resident of Oak Park, died on March 9, 2014 from complications related to her long battle with muscular dystrophy, which she fought with valor until the end. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, going to the casino, collecting elephant figurines and unique salt and pepper shakers, and doing crossword puzzles.
Romell Ruby Stowell, 100, of Oak Park, died on March 5, 2014. Born on Jan. 15, 1914 in Green Bay, Wis., she is survived by her children, Nancy (Basil) Demeur and Thomas (Kathleen) Stowell; her grandchildren.
Lorraine M. Toberman, 91, a longtime Oak Park resident, died at Rush Oak Park Hospital on March 6, 2014. Born on Jan. 9, 1923 in Berwyn to Fred and Theresa (Hermanek) Kebschull, she attended elementary school there and graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School in Cicero.
As we approach next Tuesday's election, I want to thank the Wednesday Journal for its thoughtful assessment of me as a "bright, determined man with political skills and connections who will make our district a force in the continuing overhaul of county government."
The Wednesday Journal endorsement offers interesting but misleading arguments for the Cook County commissioner race. Editors offer youth, enthusiasm and a prominent endorsement as the basis for their selection.
While we graduated some years apart at Fenwick, I am sure Blake Sercye would have impressed me then as he does now. He is a man with dedication to service and the community. He has time and again shown concern and dedication for the people of the 1st District and this is why I am not only casting my vote for Blake, but I ask you to do so as well.
I wholeheartedly support Don Harmon for state senator from the 39th District in the March 18 Democratic Primary. The 39th includes Oak Park north of Jackson Boulevard all the way to North Avenue as well as parts of Chicago and a northwest slice of DuPage County.