Katherine Riccardo, 33, Spanish-speaking social worker
Katherine Ann Ricardo, 33, of Westchester, formerly of Oak Park, died Feb. 21, 2005 of complications related to Hodgkins Lymphoma, a form of cancer she had dealt with for the past five years.
Katherine, also known as Kathy or Kate, attended Irving School, Hawthorne Junior High School (now Julian Middle School) and graduated in 1988 from Oak Park and River Forest High School after completing her studies there in three years. During her high school years, she worked at Domino’s Pizza in Oak Park.
Katherine earned a scholarship from the l9th Century Club and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where she was active in residence hall government and was also a residence hall advisor. She graduated in 1992 with a degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois-Chicago campus in 1995 after completing her school social work internship in the Oak Park elementary schools. During her studies, she participated in an immersion program in Mexico where she was able to pursue her love of diverse cultures and to reinforce her fluent Spanish language skills.
Her career in the social work field included jobs in Chicago at Careworks, handling child welfare issues and at Camelot Care Center, a therapeutic day school where she was both a clinician and a supervisor. She was most recently employed as a school social worker at Roosevelt Elementary School in Cicero where she frequently worked with students and parents whose primary language was Spanish.
Wherever Katherine worked, her dedication to helping others endeared her to colleagues and clients alike, earning her a respect that enabled her to have a significant impact on countless lives. Katherine loved people and life. She had a warm personality, which helped her make instant connections with people. Maintaining friendships was extremely important to her. Her large circle of devoted friends included people from childhood, college and every job she ever had. She had an enthusiastic interest in people of all cultures and loved to travel and expose her family and friends to a wide variety of foods and music.
For the past three years, during extensive cancer treatments, Katherine lived with her sister, Patti, and two of her nieces. Katherine faced her prolonged illness with dignity, courage and strength, amazing those who came in contact with her. She will be remembered as an extremely generous, kind, caring, intelligent, funny and sweet person.
Katherine is survived by her father, Ed Riccardo; her mother, Peggy Riccardo-Lostumo; her sister, Patti Watts; her brothers, Andy (Lynn) Lostumo and Chris Lostumo; the nieces and nephew she adored, Stephanie and Sara Watts and Daisy and Hunter Lostumo; and many, many close friends.
Memorials in Katherine’s name may be made to: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4261, Pittsfield, Mass. 01202.
Arrangements were handled by Hitzeman Funeral Home in Brookfield.
?#34;submitted by Patti Watts and Cindy Jirkovsky
Leonard Eagle, 100, played violin for WGN Radio’s ‘All Night Showcase’
Leonard H. Eagle, 100, of Oak Park, died Feb. 28, 2005 at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community. Born Aug. 4, 1904 in Chicago, he lived in Oak Park for over 50 years. He attended Robert Emmett Elementary in Austin.
Mr. Eagle played violin live for WGN Radio for 25 years with the Franklyn MacCormack Orchestra during All Night Showcase. He was a member of the Federation of Musicians and played in the Red Cloud Orchestra.
An avid baseball fan, the centenarian could relate memories to his fellow residents at the Oak Park Arms of 18 presidential administrations, two world wars, the invention of the automobile, television, computers and most importantly, radio, which provided his living for so many years.
Leonard Eagle is survived by his sons, Robert and Leonard, and his grandchildren, Lori Eagle and Paul and Eleanor Eagle.
Visitation was held March 3 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 4 at Ascension Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Carol Fyfe, 80, avid reader, studied art, languages, photography
Carol G. Fyfe, 80, a lifelong resident of Oak Park, died Feb. 19, 2005 at the Rest Haven Convalescent Home. Born in Oak Park on Jan. 10, 1925 to George and Mabel Fyfe, she graduated from Lincoln Elementary and Oak Park and River Forest High School.
Ms. Fyfe worked for Western Electric Co. until 1958 and then for Rand McNally Co. until her retirement in 1976. She was a member of the Centuries & Sleuths Mystery Club and a former member of the Oak Park Camera Club. A volunteer for the Animal Care League, she enjoyed drawing, painting, and photography. She was also an avid reader, studied at the Art Institute, and took classes in French and Chinese.
Carol Fyfe is survived by her sister, Virginia (Andy) Lekousis; her nieces, Terry Kean and Debbie Lekousis; her nephew, Peter (Leslie) Lekousis; and she was the great-aunt of three.
Visitation was held Feb. 21 and services on Feb. 22 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by interment at Mt. Emblem Cemetery. Memorials to the American Cancer Society, West Cook office, 7234 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 3 South, Riverside 60546 are appreciated.
Charles Davis, 77, photographer, teacher, trade journalist
Charles F. Davis, 77, a 30-year resident of Oak Park, died Feb. 1, 2005 at Kindred Hospital in Chicago. Born on Aug. 20, 1927 in Quebec, Canada, Mr. Davis graduated from Williams University in Montreal.
He was known in Oak Park for his photography, but was also a teacher, trade journalist, writer and editor. Among other things, he taught Landscape Photography at the Field Museum in Chicago. He published a book on photography titled, Harvest of a Quiet Eye.
Charles Davis is survived by his wife, Elaine, and his children, Dalia M. Davis and Jesse R. Bramhall.
A photographic exhibition of Mr. Davis’ work will be held Sunday, June 12, 2005 from 1 to 9 p.m., with a memorial service at 5 p.m. at the Oak Park Art League, 720 W. Chicago Ave.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oak Park Art League.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.
?#34;compiled by Ken Trainor