Edith Birdsall Slayton, 79, helped make OP an All-America City
Edith Birdsall Slayton, 79, the former president of the Oak Park-River Forest League of Women Voters who prepared the successful nomination of Oak Park to become an All-America City in 1976, died on July 3, 2005.

Mrs. Slayton was born Jan. 29, 1926 in Green Bay, Wis., the daughter of Raymond P. and Anna M. Birdsall. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Chicago.

In 1948, Mrs. Slayton married William Kidney. The couple spent several years overseas, living in Cairo, Egypt and Manila, Philippines. After Mr. Kidney’s death in 1957, she became a representative of the relief agency, CARE.

In 1961, she married Robert E. Slayton in Chicago, and they moved to River Forest in 1964. During her 22 years in River Forest, Mrs. Slayton was involved in the Parent-Teacher Association and the school board. She was involved with the League of Women Voters and always encouraged the village’s efforts to successfully integrate.

In 1986, the Slaytons retired to Florida, where Mrs. Slayton became active in local community and environmental affairs, first residing on Sanibel Island and later, Cypress Cove. She served on the board of the Committee of the Islands and as a trail guide for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and founded a local chapter of the Lee County Democratic Party. Her husband, Robert, died in 2001.

Mrs. Slayton is survived by a brother, Raymond P. Birdsall, of Green Bay; a sister, Joyce Smith; a daughter, Alice Clark; and two sons, William Slayton and James Slayton; and eight grandchildren.

Donations can be sent in lieu of flowers to Curesearch, c/o W. Slayton, 4434 NW 58th Place, Gainesville, Fla., 32653 or to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, 3333 Sanibel-Captive Road, Sanibel, Fla. 33957.

Pearl Smilor, 74, Homemaker, former Oak Park resident
Pearl E. Smilor, 74, formerly of Oak Park, died on July 2, 2005 in Mesa, Arizona.

Mrs. Smilor, a homemaker, was preceded in death by her husband, Chestor W. Smilor; her sisters, Genevieve Siemhak and Louise Shoralski; her brother, Walter Wierzchowski; and a son, Jerome W. Smilor.

She is survived by a sister, Betty Wade; two sons, Louis J. Smilor and Lawrence Smilor; and three daughters, Joyce Whitt, Sharonn S. McGivern and Pamela A. Engel.

Funeral Mass was celebrated July 8 at Ascension Church in Oak Park.

Memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Dr. Glen Balfour McDonald, 75, Academic skills specialist at UIC
Dr. Glen Balfour McDonald, 75, of Oak Park, died July 9, 2005, after battling leukemia for several years.

“He was a strong, loving, devoted husband and father who loved the Lord and his family more than anything else in this world,” said his daughter, Alicia McDonald. “He will be missed.”

Dr. McDonald was born on March 26, 1930, in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of William and Ida McDonald. He first came to the United States as an exchange student and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Chicago State University and his Doctor of Education degree from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He spent his life in education, first working for the Dewey Elementary School in Chicago, and later as an Academic Skills Specialist at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he worked for over 25 years until his death.

On Nov. 2, 1971, Dr. McDonald married Mary Petty and together they had two daughters, Alicia and Lori. He has lived in Oak Park with his family for more than 20 years.

Dr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughters, Alicia and Lori; and his sisters, Mavis McDonald, Daisy M. Brown, and Slyvia M. Lamb.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., July 13, at the Wallace Broadview Funeral Home, 2020 W. Roosevelt Road in Broadview. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday at Judson Baptist Church, 1252 N. Austin Blvd. in Oak Park, followed by interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside.

Janet Peloso, 74, Forest Park-River Forest Realtor grew up in Wyoming
Janet O. Peloso, 74, died in her Forest Park home on July 10, 2005. A real estate agent on the Oak Park Board of Realtors, she retired in 2001.

Mrs. Peloso was born April 4, 1931 in Sheridan, Wy., to Frank and Orlene McDermott. She was raised in Wyoming and attended Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. She had lived in Forest Park for the past 20 years and previously lived in River Forest for 26 years.

Mrs. Peloso is survived by her sons, Patrick Peloso, John Peloso, Robert, and James Peloso; her daughters, Orlene Boveri, Margaret O’Rourke, Marilyn Gustafson, Janet Riha, and Connie Lawrence; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and her brother, James McDermott.

Visitation will be held today from 3 to 9 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m., Thursday at St. Bernardine Church, followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to West Suburban Special Recreation Association, 2915 Maple St., Franklin Park 60131.

?#34;Compiled by Stephanie Theis

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