Gail Amen, 69, Mar-Lac House waitress, avid bowler
Gail R. Amen, 69, of Oak Park, died at home on April 18, 2007. Born in Oak Park on Sept. 11, 1937 to William and Florence Jensen, she grew up on the West Side of Chicago and graduated from Nash Elementary School and Austin High School (class of 1955).

Mrs. Amen was a waitress for Mar-Lac House in Oak Park for 22 years. She was a board member of the Elvesund Lodge of Sons of Norway, a former Cub Scout den mother (Pack #28 in the old Emerson Elementary School) and received the President’s Award in scouting. She was also a life-long bowler.

Gail Amen is survived by her husband, Gerald G.; her children, Jerry, Kurt (Meg), Erik (Danette), Kris (Kathy), and Ruth (Bill) Johns; her grandchildren, Danny, Abby, Claire, Christopher, Emily, Zak, Josh, Jake, Jeremy, Maggie, Patrick, Mike, Ryan, Mariah and Seth; her brothers, Richard (Barbara and the late Christine) Jensen and Terry Jensen; and her sister, Nancy (the late Bill) Strauss.

Visitation was held April 20 and the funeral service April 21 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by interment at Forest Home Cemetery.

Memorials to the Sons of Norway Foundation, 1455 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, Minn. 55408, are appreciated.

Fred Lochner, 92, Fisherman, Grace Lutheran trustee
Fred J. Lochner, 92 of Westchester, formerly of River Forest, died on April 17, 2007 at Manor Care in Hinsdale. Born on Jan. 21, 1915 to Martin and Elizabeth Lochner in River Forest on the campus of Concordia College where his father taught organ and music, he grew up in River Forest and graduated from Grace Lutheran Elementary School and Concordia High School. Mr. Lochner also attended the University of Chicago for a year.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945, then worked as a floor covering salesman, retiring in 1980. He loved fishing and shared his love by teaching all of his children to fish. He also enjoyed gardening, basketball and bowling and was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church where he served as trustee, financial secretary, usher and in many other positions.

Fred Lochner is survived by his wife, Marion (nee Westphal); his children, Anne (Charles) Krause, William, John (Donna), and Paul Lochner; and his granchildren, Karla and Matthew Krause and Mary Lochner. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Martin, Henry and William Lochner.

Visitation was held April 19 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. A funeral service was celebrated April 20 at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, followed by interment at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace.

Ammie Lee Bingham, Entrepreneur, crossing guard, daycare provider
Ammie Lee Bingham, a 36-year Oak Park resident, died on April 17, 2007 after a lengthy illness. An entrepreneur, she incorporated several successful businesses under Bingham Enterprises. After traveling extensively, she went back to work as a school crossing guard for the Village of Oak Park. After she retired, she became a C.N.A. and worked as a private duty nurse for several years, then operated Grandma’s Daycare out of her home until illness prevented her from continuing.

Funeral services were held at United Baptist Church, 4242 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, on April 22.

Ken Trainor

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