Albert “Rad” Barton, 99, Engineer, Brach’s Candy VP

Albert Radford Barton, 99, died on Jan. 31, 2008 at his home in Holley Court Terrace in Oak Park.

Mr. Barton is survived by his wife Gladys. Rad and Glad celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last summer [Glad with Rad for 75 years, LifeLines, July 4]. Mr. Barton is also survived by his daughter Janet (Bill) Dring of Oak Park and his son, Bob (Sharon) of Chicago. The couple had four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His family moved to Oak Park in the early 1915. Rad was a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and attended the University of Illinois School of Engineering where he was awarded the Bronze Tablet for academic excellence.

Most of his working career was with Brach Candy Company in Chicago. He began there in 1935 as an assistant in the engineering department and retired in 1973 as a senior vice president and member of the board of directors.

Mr. Barton was a dedicated volunteer in Oak Park. He was a member of the District 200 Board of Education and later served as a Township Trustee of Schools for 24 years. He was also a volunteer at the Oak Park Economy Shop.

Rad and Glad were longtime members of the River Forest Tennis Club. He was an avid tennis player, playing a strong game into his 80s.

In retirement, the Bartons spent many winters in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and later in Green Valley, Arizona.

There will be a memorial service for Mr. Barton on Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. at Holley Court Terrace, 1111 Ontario St., Oak Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, P.O. Box 3564, Oak Park 60303.

Steven Starling, 54, Frame conservator and musician

Steven Douglas Starling, 54, died Feb. 9, 2008 at his home in Oak Park, following a brief illness. Born in Lima, Ohio on Aug. 6, 1953, the son of John and Armeda Starling, he graduated from Dublin High School in 1971 and attended Juilliard School of Music, studying bassoon for two years before transferring to Case Western Reserve University where he graduated with a degree in art history. Following graduation, he was employed as a frame conservator at The Chicago Art Institute and The Chicago Conservation Center. Art and music were Steve’s lifelong passions, and he gained much enjoyment from restoring frames and playing his harps.

Steve Starling is survived by his father, John Starling; his brother, David; his sister, Susie (Jeff) Gafford; and his two nephews, A.J.(Jennifer) and Jordan Gafford. He was preceded in death by his mother, Armeda. 

The Starling family would like to thank Steve’s Chicago friends and most especially his neighbor, Birute Petrauskas, for their friendship and kindness during his illness.

A memorial service to celebrate Steve’s life will be scheduled at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, Dublin, Ohio. Arrangements were handled by Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home in Forest Park.

Loretta Peters, 79, Mother of ex-financial director Greg Peters

Loretta A. Peters, 79, of Grayslake, formerly of Glenview, died on Feb. 9, 2008 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Born in Chicago on Aug. 14, 1928, she was the daughter of John and Jennie Owsianowski and graduated from Foreman High School. She was formerly a member of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Niles and more recently of St. Mary of the Annunciation in Mundelein.

Mrs. Peters is survived by her husband, Henry Peters; her children Gregory (Lisa) Peters, the former financial director for the Village of Oak Park, Carole (Albert) Mullenix, Patricia (Robert) Kopinksi, Gary (Kelly) Peters, and Paul (Kelly) Peters; her grandchildren, Kirstin (Mark), Abigail, Mathew, Charles (Tracy), Jennie, Christina, Laura, Elizabeth, Tianna, Marianna, Alexandria, and Michael; her great-grandchild, Tyler; her sisters, Evelyn Skotnicki, Irene Kasczmarek, and her twin sister, Lorraine Strekzyk; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister, Roman Owsianowski and Genevieve Levy.

Visitation was held Feb. 12 at Strang Funeral Chapel in Grayslake. Funeral Mass will be celebrated today at St. Mary of the Annunciation, 22333 W. Erhart Road, Mundelein (Freedom Center) 60060 at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private.

Evelyn Braxton, 87, Mother of Bishop Edward Braxton

Evelyn Kathryn Gardner Braxton of Oak Park died Feb. 10, 2008, 1 month and 1 day before her 88th birthday.

She was the wife of the late Cullen Lawrence Braxton Sr.; mother of Gwendolyn L. Braxton, The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of Belleville and former pastor of St. Catherine in Oak Park, Patricia Braxton Wills, Adrienne C. Braxton, and the late Cullen Lawrence Braxton Jr.; grandmother of five; great-grandmother of 3; and aunt of Edrice Clark. Mrs. Braxton was preceded in death by her 10 brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held this Friday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena & St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the procession will depart from the church at 9:15 a.m. to Queen of Heaven Cemetery for burial services.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s or Dementia research of your choice. Call Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 708/383-3191, for more information.

–Compiled by Ken Trainor

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