Rae Jones, 92, Singer of Welsh descent
Rae M. Jones, 92, of Bloomington, Ind., formerly of Oak Park, died on June 3, 2007 at Bell Trace Health and Living Center. Born on Dec. 8, 1914 in Ystradgynlais, Wales, in the U.K., Jones was a lifelong member of the Oak Park Concert Chorale and the Oak Park Symphony Chorus. She loved to sing and traveled with her family as a girl, performing in concerts.

Rae was a 54-year member of First United Methodist Church of Oak Park and volunteered at Oak Park Hospital for many years. A homemaker, a lifelong member of the Women’s Welsh Club of Illinois, and a member of PEO, Jones was an 11-year resident of the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community.

Rae Jones is survived by four children: her sons, Robert A. Jones and David L. (Susan) Jones; her daughters, Nancy Jones  (Clarence) Miller and Gwen (Mark) Solowicz; her sister, Megan (Ken) Jones; her nine grandchildren, Meredith Kelvington, Heather Capasso, Matthew Jones, Rachel Perry, Jay Huber, Rob Huber, John Huber, Amy Solowicz and Nikki Novinski; and her nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gwilym and Mary (Williams) Jones; her three brothers, Allyn, Gwyn and Morgan; and her two sisters, Mari and Molly.

Funeral services were held at Allen Funeral Home. A memorial service, followed by a lunch, will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Oak Park. Donations can be made to First United Methodist Church or the Women’s Welsh Club of America Scholarship Fund.

Betty Weiskopf, 95, Artist brings talent to WWII soldiers and advertising
Betty (Bell) Weiskopf, 95, a longtime Oak Parker, died on April 22, 2007. Born in Oak Park on Jan. 12, 1922, she attended Holmes Elementary School in Oak Park, just as her mother and three children did, and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1940.

After graduating from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, Weiskopf held a series of jobs, creating movie posters and grocery ads. At J.P. Seeburg, she helped create the house newsletter by laying out the publication and taking photographs.

Weiskopf used her creativity to help those in need. During World War II, she volunteered at Hines V.A. Hospital and taught recovering soldiers crafts. She entertained sailors from Great Lakes Naval Station by taking them to see Roller Derby at the Coliseum in Chicago.

She married Robert Weiskopf on Aug. 11, 1945. The couple had three children and became involved in scouting. Mrs. Wieskopf served four years as president of the Lone Tree Council Girl Scouts in the ’70s as well as other posts. She was also a member of the Infant Welfare League and the PTA.

She returned to work as a newspaper advertising artist for a number of publications, including the Southtown Economist, the Oak Park World, and finally the Pioneer Press West Group. She retired from Pioneer Press in 1988 and moved to Berwyn with her daughter, JoAnn.

Betty Weiskopf is survived by her daughters, JoAnn and Lorri (Tom) Redmon, and her son-in-law, Mitchel Olander. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1983 and her daughter, Patricia, in February 2007.

Murray Carroll, 75, Man of fashion
Murray E. Carroll, 75, of Oak Park died on June 2, 2007. Born in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 30, 1932, he moved to River Forest in 1949, finishing his senior year at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

From then on, he spent most of his life working in fashion, first for Carson Pirie Scott in the men’s department on State Street, then at Oak Park’s Lytton’s store. In 1966 he began working for Spauldings on Marion Street, where he remained for 20 years as a salesman. He enjoyed his job and created lasting relationships with the families and friends who continued to shop there and seek his expertise.

Ten years ago, Carroll moved to San Diego for a change of pace, but decided he missed Oak Park too much and returned five years later to Spauldings. He didn’t want to retire and continued to work part-time.

“There is nothing better looking than a man in a suit,” Carroll said of working in his chosen field.

A United States army veteran, Murray Carroll is survived by his sisters, Patricia Cleary and Suzanne Beeman. He was the uncle of 34 nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James P., and his sister, Sr. Ellen M. Carroll.

A memorial visitation was held June 5 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, and funeral Mass was celebrated June 6 at St. Edmund Church. Private interment will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. Memorials can be made to the Visitation Scholarship Program, 900 W. Garfield Blvd., Chicago, or to the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa, Wis.

James Fitzgerald, 79, Salesman, Korean War vet
James M. Fitzgerald, 79, formerly of Oak Park and Forest Park, died June 8, 2007. Born in Chicago on Jan. 27, 1928 to Michael and Cecile Fitzgerald, he graduated from Resurrection Elementary School and Crane Tech High School.

Fitzgerald was a United States Army veteran, 90th Reconnaissance, 6th Armored Division in Korea. For 10 years he volunteered at the VA Westside Hospital and Oak Park Hospital and was a member of the Ascension Holy Name Society.

Fitzgerald was a salesman for Hoyt Fastner Corp. in Niles, retiring in 1992. He enjoyed bowling, golf, poker, bridge, and television, and he loved food.

He was the father of Diane (the late Mark) Job, Donna Powers, Jay (Heather), Larry (Esther), Mark (Betsy), Ky. and Richard (Geralyn) Fitzgerald; and the grandfather of Rebecca and Christopher Job, Katie, Jack and Maggie Powers, MaryLi Fitzgerald, and Liam Fitzgerald. Mr. Fitzgerald was preceded in death by his wife, M. Consuelo; his brother, Michael Fitzgerald; and his sister, Sissy Nield. He was the uncle of many.

Visitation will be held June 15 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. Funeral Mass will be celevbrated at Ascension Church on June 16 at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials to Catholic Charities are appreciated.

–Compiled by Erica Magda

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