Terrence M. Cullerton, 62, Chicago Board of Trade member
Terrence M. “Terry” Cullerton, 62, died May 17, 2008 at his home in Benton Harbor, MI.
Mr. Cullerton was born in Chicago and was a graduate of St. Giles and Fenwick and The College of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He was a loyal supporter of all these schools.
He was also a great friend to St. Luke’s parish and school in River Forest where he raised his family and lived for 30 years. He was a longtime member and sometimes president of the St. Luke’s Men’s Club and was instrumental in leading the campaign to renovate the church.
Mr. Cullerton was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade for 25 years, as his father, James J. Cullerton, was for 50 years. His sons, Terry and Jamie, are currently members of the Chicago Board of Trade carrying on the family tradition. He served as a director of the Chicago Board of Trade from 1992-1997.
A devoted father, Mr. Cullerton was happy to witness his younger daughter, Betsy, be sworn in as a member of the Illinois Bar Association this spring and take a job at Chicago’s City Hall.
He is survived by his wife Florence (nee Dillon); his children Terrence D. (Maria), James K., Peggy (John) Gruber, and Betsy; his grandchildren Terrence, Eleanor, Peter Bridey and Caroline Gruber.
Visitation was held at Dreschler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Luke Church in River Forest.
Robert H. Faerber, 87, WWII Veteran, River Forest post officer, crossing guard
Robert H. Faerber, 87, died at West Suburban Hospital on July 11, 2008. Although he was undergoing dialysis three days a week, he remained very active at home and with his VFW Post 7181 where he was a past commander.
Mr. Faerber was born in Chicago, but grew up in River Forest where he attended Lincoln School and Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 1940. Shortly after graduation, he married Lorraine Melgaard, a Forest Park native. When WWII began, he was drafted into the US Army where he served in the Pacific for 6 years, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a life member of the China-Burma-India Veterans Association and the 201st Infantry Association. Following his discharge, he worked as a letter carrier at the Forest Park Post Office for 40 years and as a school crossing guard at Lincoln School for 20 years, until he was 80.
He was the son of the late Walter A. and the late Helen Roberta (nee Dreyer). He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine; his sons Bob (Alice) and Scott; his daughter Sharon; and his granddaughters Donna (Dennis Stuhler) and Karen.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home and interment was at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly, Eaton Rapids, MI are appreciated.
Loraine ‘Lupie’ Eleanor Harris McClevey, 84, World traveler, tennis player
Loraine “Lupie” Eleanor Harris McClevey, 84, died July 8, 2008 at West Suburban Hospital.
Ms. Harris was born in Chicago on December 17, 1923 to George and Loraine (nee Hawkins) Harris. She was raised in River Forest and was a graduate of Roosevelt Elementary and Oak Park and River Forest High School. She attended DePauw University in Greencastle, IN and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega.
A resident of 923 Thatcher for 62 years, Lorraine was a member of Oak Park Country Club for 50 years, West Suburban Hospital Auxiliary for over 50 years and co-chaired the “Celebration” fund raiser several times. She was the former president of Oak Park and River Forest Infant Welfare and long standing member of Circle 31, member of Circle 47 at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest. She had been the longest living member of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest since joining as a child. She was also active in the River Forest Tennis Club, Hephzibah Children’s Association board and served a term as president. During the clay court championships, held at the River Forest Tennis Club, she served as Hospitality Chairman, placing tennis players in the homes of River Forest residents.
Starting as a youth at the River Forest Tennis Club, until this last winter in Naples, FL, Ms. Harris played tennis and enjoyed being in the sun every waking moment. With her husband, Bud, she visited many countries around the world and circumnavigated the globe on several cruises. She served as a Brownie troop leader for both daughters and during that time had a float in each Memorial Day parade. At West Suburban Hospital she spent many years working in the gift shop and coffee court.
She was a positive and stylish influence in the community. Her favorite pastimes included knitting gorgeous sweaters for friends and family; daily crossword puzzles; and watching the Chicago Cubs.
She was the wife of the late Norman H. “Bud” McClevey; mother of Penny (Toby) Stone and the late Nancy Elich; grandmother of Rianne (Robert) Keedy, Ridley Stone, Tyler (Jaysen Navarro) Elich and Cory Elich; great-grandmother of Will and Sam Keedy; sister of Helen (Emilio) Cola; aunt of David (Chris), James (Anne Sessions) and Tom (Karen) Hanrahan; daughter of the late George C. and Loraine H. Harris.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 22 at The First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, 7551 Quick Ave., River Forest.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Bud McClevey Nursing Scholarship, c/o Moira McGinley, Development Foundation Department, 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park, IL 60302 are appreciated.
Elise Rose Cengr, 94, Naval Supply Officers Employee of the Year
Elise Rose (nee Horacek) Cengr, 94, died July, 8, 2008 at Loyola Hospital. She was a resident of Oak Park.
For 23 years Elise worked as a secretary for the Navel Supply Officers at Naval Ordinance, where she was honored in 1968 as Federal Employee of the Year. She managed Oak Park’s Horacek Dress Shop for 35 years. Mrs. Cengr was a past Worthy Matron of the Prairie State Chapter of the Order of Easter Star.
She is predeceased by her parents James and Rose Horacek. Elise is survived by her husband, Emil R. Cengr.
Visitation was held on July 14 and her funeral service was July 15. Svec & Sons Funeral Home handled the memorial arrangements.
Mary Catherine ‘Kitty’ Watson, 83, St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society member
Mary Catherine “Kitty” Watson, 83, died July 8, 2008 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.
Ms. Watson was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Pekin, IL, to Henry R. and Mary C. Cullinan Velde. She graduated Pekin High School in 1942 and Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, in 1946. She married John F. Watson, Sr. of Delavan on June 12, 1948 in Pekin. Before raising her family in Delavan, Kitty worked for Catholic Charities in Peoria. She was active in charitable and service organizations throughout her full and busy life. She was a member of St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society, Pekin Hospital League, Dirksen Guild, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, PEO, Chapter LM, and Yesterday’s Young Democrats. She also served as a trustee for Ayer Public Library.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Watson; and her sister, Emily Leonard. She is survived by her brother, Richard H. Velde; her children, Michael (Mary Beth) Watson, Margaret (Michael) Ebert, Catherine (Alan) Guebert, John, Jr. (Sallie) Watson and William (Susan); her grandchildren, Christopher (Linda) Watson, Amy (Rusty) Albers, Angela (Jamason) Isenberg, Kathleen and Emily Meskimen, Paul and Mary Grace Guebert, Lyndsie and Paige Watson, and Matthew Watson; and her great-grandchild, Brenden Watson.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Catholic Charities, 2900 W. Heading Ave., West Peoria, 61604, and Tazewell County Children’s Advocacy Center, 341 Buena Vista, Pekin, 61554, are appreciated.
-Compiled by Jacob Boyer