Jim Starkey, 85, co-founder of Fantasy Factory

James A. Starkey, 85, died on Aug. 12, 2006 in his River Forest home. Born in Chicago on Aug. 17, 1920, he was raised in Oak Park, where he attended Whittier Elementary School and graduated Oak Park and River Forest High School in the Class of 1938. He earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering at Purdue University in 1942 and subsequently became a temporary auxiliary to the Coast Guard Reserve.

Mr. Starkey worked at RCA in Camden, N.J. from 1942 to 1947, when he began work for the Morris Paper Mill. He worked there for three years before switching to Sears, Roebuck and Company, where he became catalog sales manager. He worked at Sears for 30 years, until retiring in 1980 and becoming a manager and partner at Fantasy Factory on the Marion Street mall in Oak Park. He was also a Boy Scout scoutmaster; a deacon, trustee, treasurer, and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Park; a chair of the camps and conferences committee at the Presbytery of Chicago; a volunteer tutor at First United Church in Oak Park; a River Forest District 90 school board member; and PTA president of Washington School in River Forest. He was also a member of the Oak Park/River Forest Rotary Club, the Oak Park Chamber of Commerce, and Belles Lettres of River Forest.

Jim Starkey is survived by his wife, Paula; his children, Anne (Arnold) Case, James (Ann Harrison) Starkey, Ellen (John) Ribe, David (Monica) Starkey, and Robert (Deirdre Rich) Starkey; his step-daughters Susan Rosales Nelson (Misagh Parsa) and Deborah Rosales Nelson (Steven Kvaal); eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation took place Aug. 14 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. The funeral was held Aug. 15 at First United Church of Oak Park, followed by interment at the Scottish Cemetery in Argyle, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

Carroll Christensen, 86, owned Danish coffee shop

Carroll (Speedy) M. Christensen, 86, of River Forest died on July 8, 2006. Born in Chicago Heights, the only son of Alfred and Anna Pederson, he attended Gauager Business College in Kankakee, then served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1945. He was stationed in Denver, Colo., and worked as a classification specialist.

On Sept. 25, 1948, he was married to Ruth G. Guemmer and three years later, Speedy and Ruth purchased Christensen’s Danish Coffee Shop in Oak Park. They ran the restaurant until 1962, after which he worked for Sexton Foods (now U.S. Foods).

After his retirement, Mr. Christensen served as a cook for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity of Northwestern University. Through the years, Speedy participated in a dart league, Sunday morning coffee hour, and bowling league.

Carroll Christensen was the beloved husband of Ruth for 57 years; the father of Jack (Barbara) and Scott (Linda) Christensen; the grandfather of Troy, Todd, Jill, Rebecca, Michael and Bethany Christensen; the cousin of Shari (Gary) Hoech and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Drechsler, Brown and Williams on July 11. The funeral service took place the following morning at St. John Lutheran Church in Forest Park, followed by interment at Chapel Hill Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John Lutheran Church are appreciated.

Thomas Hamilton, 48, lover of conversation

Thomas P. Hamilton, 48 of River Forest passed away July 31 at his home. He was 48. Born in Oak Park on July 2, 1958 to Raymond and Mary Ellen Hamilton, he graduated from Fenwick High School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from DePaul and an MBA from Loyola University. He was employed with the New York Blower Company for the past 23 years, most recently in the capacity of vice president of sales and marketing. His co-workers describe him as a leader, a mentor and most of all a man of great integrity. His close friends remember a man whose notable conversation skills included insightful commentary and active listening. Moreover, Mr. Hamilton will always be remembered as a devoted husband and father. His hobbies included running and reading in the oversized family hammock, often joined by one or more of his family members. He relished engaging in lively critiques of the latest movie releases with his wife or daughters.

Thomas Hamilton is survived by his wife, Margaret nee Shanahan; his daughters, Mary and Kit Hamilton; his mother, Mary Ellen (nee Mulvihill); his siblings, Maureen, Raymond, James (Jennifer), Eileen (Michael) Dillon, Elizabeth (Charles) Corbisiero, Mary (Stefano) Robertson, and Meghan Hamilton. He was preceded in death by his father and his sister, Joan Hamilton. He was the uncle and brother-in-law of many.

Visitation and funeral Mass were held Aug. 4 at St. Luke Church in River Forest. Interment was private at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Donations to the Tom Hamilton Memorial Fund (att: Susie Goldschmidt, Corus Bank, 7727 W. Lake St., River Forest, Ill. 60305) are appreciated. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

Arin Hill, 25, studied philosophy and anthropology

Arin D. Hill, 25, died on Aug. 11, 2006. Ms. Hill was a 1998 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and a 1998 recipient of the 19th Century Club Founders’ Memorial Scholarship. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in 2002 and her Masters of Arts in 2005 in Anthropology from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

Arin Hill was the daughter of Al and Dorothy Hill; sister of Ashley Charles (Robin) Hill and the late Adam Sinclair Hill; granddaughter of Viola Davis; and the niece and cousin of many.

Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. until time of service, 11 a.m., at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park, followed by interment at Forest Home Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Make A Wish Foundation, 640 N. LaSalle St., Suite 289, Chicago, Ill. 60610 are appreciated. For funeral information, call 708/383-3191.

Marilyn J. Ludvik, 72, longtime trust officer at Suburban Bank

Marilyn J. Ludvik, 72, died on Aug. 3, 2006 at her home in Oak Park. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and a longtime employee of Suburban Trust and Savings Bank in Oak Park, where she was a trust officer. Mrs. Ludvik was always very active in school activities for her children. She also loved to travel.

Mrs. Ludvik is survived by her children, James (Sherry), Thomas (Donna), Keith (Jeri), and Sherre (the late Joseph) Taylor. She was the grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 4. She is also survived by her sister, Colleen (Stephen) Clarke and was preceded in death by her husband, James F., and her brother, Harold Domrose.

Visitation was held Aug. 6. Funeral services took place Aug. 7 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Roseann Moroney, 80, volunteer at the Economy Shop and St. Kate’s

Roseann F. Moroney, 80, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Aug. 12, 2006 at Loyola Medical Center. She graduated from Providence High School and worked as a manager for Sears Roebuck until retiring in 1991. She was a dedicated volunteer at St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church and the Oak Park Economy Shop and also enjoyed her social club, “The Muggers of 203 Kenilworth.”

Mrs. Moroney is survived by her children, Nancy (Mark) McDermott, Kathleen Merkle (Joe Jischke), Debbie (Bill) Prena, Mark (the late Nancy), Sue (Joseph) Leahy, Patty (Bob) Shennan, Julie (Jonathan) Lindsay, and John “Fran” (Donalyn). She was the grandmother of Clare, David and Anne McDermott; Bryan (Tanya), Sean (Terese) and William (Jenni) Prena; Molly and Myles Moroney; Patrick and Eileen Leahy; Andy and Jim Shennan; Joe, Matt, Dan and Jack Lindsay; and Cheralyn, Sandra and James Bennett. She was the sister of Peggy (Ed) Brizzolara and was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett R., and her brothers, Dick and John Collins.

Visitation was held Aug. 15 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Aug. 16 at St. Catherine/St. Lucy Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials to The International Community School, 3260 Covington Hwy., Decatur, Ga. 30032 are appreciated.

Marge Shimkos, 52, nurse at West Sub

Margaret “Marge” A. Shimkos, 52, formerly of Oak Park, died on Aug. 11, 2006 at West Suburban Hospital. Born in Chicago, she worked as a nurse at West Suburban, Shriners, Anchor HMO, and Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke hospitals.

Ms. Shimkos is survived by her mother, Albina, and her brother, Paul (Judy) Shimkos.

There will be a Memorial Mass 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 at St. Ferdinand Church, 5900 W. Barry, in Chicago. Donations to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

James Mack, 76, musical composer and arranger

James L. Mack, 76, of Oak Park died on Aug. 6, 2006 in Athens, Greece while traveling with his family. Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Nov. 2, 1929, he grew up on Chicago’s West Side. During the 1950s, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

He was the minister of music for the 1st Presbyterian Church in Chicago’s Hyde Park. He was professor emeritus of music for the City Colleges in Chicago.

A composer and arranger, Mr. Mack worked with artists such as Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. He was also a music producer for such labels as Capitol, Columbia, Motown, Brunswick and Chess. He has been a guest conductor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Ravinia Benefit and served as head of the Chicago chapter of the Grammy Awards.

James Mack is survived by his wife, Sheila A. von Wiese of Oak Park, and his daughter Heather.

Visitation will be held Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., and Saturday, 10 a.m. until the funeral service, which will take place at 11 a.m. at 1st Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago.

-Compiled by Elena Levenson

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