Wesley Wieting, 96, Architect, longtime FLW Home & Studio volunteer
Wesley Senn Wieting, 96, a resident of Oak Park for 45 years, died on March 16, 2007 at Beacon Hill Retirement Community in Lombard. Born in Ripon, Wis., he moved to Oak Park with his wife, the late Norma Schmidt, in 1946. Wieting graduated from Armour Institute, now IIT, with a degree in architecture, and he worked for architectural firm Perkins and Will of Chicago for almost 30 years. He served as captain in the Corps of Engineers in World War II, belonged to the American Institute of Architects, and volunteered for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio for 25 years (he was one of its founding members).

Wieting was a member of Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church and was well-known in the greater United Methodist Church in Northern Illinois. He sang in choirs at his church and at Beacon Hill, his retirement home. Aside from music, he also enjoyed art, literature, drama and gardening.

Mr. Wieting is survived by his niece, Shirley (Howard) Benson; his nephew, George (Shirley) Anderson. He was the great-uncle of two nieces and four nephews and great-great uncle to six nieces and five nephews.

Private interment was held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Skokie, and a memorial service will be held Saturday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. Memorial donations to the church would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home.

Mark Kolodziej, 41, Outdoorsman, father of four
Mark D. Kolodziej, 41, of Oak Park. died suddenly at his home on March 20, 2007. Born in Grayslake, Ill., on June 2, 1965, Kolodziej attended St. Gilbert Elementary and Grayslake High School. His family said he could build or fix anything, and he loved the outdoors and camping.

Mr. Kolodziej is survived by his parents, Aleksander and Christine; his wife, Mindy; his daughters, Rachel and Grace; his sons, Nicholas and Anthony; his sister, Margaux (Brian) Murphy; and his brother, Mitchell.

A memorial service was held at Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home on March 23. Funeral Mass was celebrated March 24 at Ascension Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial donations are appreciated and may be sent to the Kolodziej Children’s Fund, c/o Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest, 1001 Lake St., Oak Park 60301.

Walter R. Kelly, 79, former Oak Park fire chief
Walter R. Kelly, 79, of Forest Park, died of natural causes on March 24, 2007 at Loyola Hospital. A Navy veteran, Kelly was a lifelong resident of Forest Park. He served as a fireman in Oak Park for over 30 years, eventually earning promotion to fire chief. After retiring, he was elected to the Dist. 91 Board of Education in Forest Park in the early 1990s. He was also a lover of antique autos who took a particular interest in Model A Fords.

Mr. Kelly is survived by his son, Walter (the late Donna) Kelly; his daughters, Christine (Cliff) Crippen and Karen Kelly; his grandchildren, Mark (Keli) Hardtke, Ryan Hardtke and Michael (Jory) Lynn; and his great-grandchild, Mattie C. Lynn. His wife of 47 years, Marian, preceded him in death.

Visitation is March 28 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private.

William E. Drouillard, 80, Navy veteran, engineer, scout leader
William E. Drouillard, 80, a longtime Oak Park resident, died on March 24 at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended Lakewood High School and Case Western College and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II before becoming an electrical engineer for Bodine Electric in Chicago, from which he retired in the 1990s. In the 1970s, Drouillard volunteered as an Indian Guide and a Boy Scout troop leader at Emerson School in Oak Park. He was also a member of the Oak Park Men’s Curling Club and the Kanuper Club.

Mr. Drouillard is survived by his children, John (Patricia), Diana, and William; his sister, Ellen (the late William) Boruff; and his brother, Thomas (Patricia). He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne (nee Haney), in 1998 and his brother, Alfred (Claire).

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, March 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park.

Robert Cole, 84, Research assistant to Dr. Percy Julian
Robert D. Cole, 84, an Oak Park resident for over 40 years, died March 21, 2007 in Chicago. Mr. Cole was a naval aviator and World War II veteran and flew with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld out of Glenview Naval Air Station in the 1950s. For years he was the personal research assistant to Oak Park chemist Dr. Percy I. Julian, with whom Cole traveled to Mexico for further steroid research. Cole was also the former vice president of the Chicago Chemists Club and owned and operated North Chemical Company, his own research lab, in Chicago.

Mr. Cole is survived by his children, Donald (Madeline), Douglas (Teresa), Nancy (the late Michael) McLoed, Carl (Deborah), and Jeff (Joy); his grandchildren, Josh, Jennifer, Laura and Rhonda Cole, Christopher, Elizabeth, Gregory, Sarah, Sandra and Ruth McLoed; his great-grandchildren, Jonas, Grace and Hannah McLoed; his sister, Joan; and his longtime companion, Evelyn Foster; and former husband of the late Krafft (nee Rominger).

Visitation was March 23 at Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home, Oak Park. Graveside services were March 24 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Jaqueline Jawad, 72, Nurse, mother of four
Jaqueline A. Jawad, 72, died at her home in Oak Park on March 16, 2007. Born in Chicago in July 1934 to Erling and Josephine Hockstad, she graduated from St. Giles Elementary in Oak Park and Mercy High School in Chicago. Mrs. Jawad attended the College of St. Therese in Winona, Minn., and after graduating in 1956 with a nursing degree, worked as a nurse anesthetist until her retirement in 2004. She enjoyed sewing and traveling, and her family will remember her as wife, mother, nurse and friend.

Mrs. Jawad is survived by her children, Nahlah (Chris) Daddino, Namir, Sundos (Jeff) Schneider, and Jinaan (Faye) Jawad; her grandchildren Katie and Matthew Schneider; and her sister, Patricia (Clarence) Healy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ghazi Jawad, M.D.

Visitation was held on March 19 with funeral services on March 20 at Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home. Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery was private. Memorial donations are appreciated and may be sent to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Illinois Chapter, P.O Box 8383, Rolling Meadows 60008.

Compiled by Thea McLain

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