Larry Donaker, 62, Taught computer programming and math
Oak Park native Lawrence Perrin Donaker died on Sept. 3, 2008 in Berkeley, Calif. Born on June 19, 1946, the youngest of four children of John and Doris Donaker, he was an Oak Park and River Forest High School alum, graduated from Princeton University in 1967 with a degree in electrical engineering, and received an MBA from Harvard in 1969. He spent much of his working career with IBM in the Bay Area and taught computer programming and math at Berkeley High School before retiring in 2005.
Larry Donaker is survived by Anne (nee Wihera), his wife of 41 years; his three children, Geoff, Gwendy, and Greg; their spouses, Melinda, Dan and Jenny; his three grandsons, Zachary, Joshua and Nathaniel; and his three siblings, Barbara (Steve Cohen), John Jr. (Leigh), and Debby (Ken) Ludington.
A memorial service was held in Berkeley on Sept. 6. In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial gifts to Lung Cancer Research with the American Cancer Society.
Lorraine Faerber, 85, VFW Post 7181 historian
Lorraine Faerber, 85, died peacefully at home in River Forest on Sept. 1, 2008. Growing up in Forest Park, she attended Grant White Elementary School and Proviso East High School, class of 1941. One of her teachers at Grant White was Miss White, after whom the school was named.
Her family moved to River Forest following high school graduation to a home that her father had built, and she lived in that house until her death. She was a full-time homemaker and an excellent seamstress, making a lot of her children’s clothing when they were little. When her children were young, she was very active in the Washington School PTA as well as Cub Scouts, Brownies, and Orchestra Mothers. Whenever there was a potluck dinner, she could be counted on for a pineapple upside-down cake or an elaborate Jello mold. Even after her children were grown and she became a grandmother, she remained active in the lives of her two granddaughters.
Until about five years ago, she was very active with the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7181 in Forest Park, where she served as the post historian, putting together scrapbooks and photo albums with meticulous detail. She was always active each year for VFW Poppy Day.
She was the daughter of the late Peter and Emma (Dannenberg) Melgaard. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Robert H. Faerber on July 11 of this year. Mrs. Faerber is survived by her sons, Bob (Alice) and Scott; her daughter, Sharon; her granddaughters Donna (Dennis) Stuhler and Karen; and her best friends, Hazel Snover and Lorraine Mosevich, who were more like sisters than friends.
Cremation was handled by Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home. A gravesite memorial service was held at Forest Home Cemetery for family and close friends. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.
Audrey Madsen, 81, Lifelong Oak Park resident
Audrey Layton Madsen, 81, a lifelong resident of Oak Park, died on Aug. 29, 2008 at her home. Born in Oak Park on July 15, 1927 to Morton and Lael Cecilia Madsen, she was a 1945 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. Miss Madsen received an M.A. in English from the University of Chicago.
She is survived by her sisters, Carol Baker and Barbara Allen. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. All services were private. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.
Elaine Dravillas, 66, High school English teacher
Elaine M. Dravillas, 66, died at home in Oak Park on Aug. 24, 2008. Born on May 10, 1942, she taught English for 30 years in the Chicago Public School system.
She was the wife of the late George S. Dravillas; the mother of Speleos (Jennifer) Dravillas; the sister of Elias J. Mezilson; the grandmother of George Dravillas; and the godmother of many.
Funeral services were held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Aug. 29, followed by interment at Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove. Arrangements were handled by Hursen Funeral Home in Hillside.
-Compiled by Ken Trainor