Katherine Reistroffer, 75, musician, camper, caretaker

Katherine A. (Kay) Reistroffer, 75, a longtime Oak Park resident died on March 26, 2009 at Edward Hospital in Naperville. Born in Chicago on Feb. 22, 1934 to Stan and Virginia Pinkley, she was raised on Addison Street, halfway between St. Andrew Parish and Wrigley Field. Her musical talent for piano was nurtured by nuns, culminating in “Rhapsody in Blue” as her senior recital at Immaculata High School. She studied occupational therapy at the University of Illinois, both Navy Pier and in Champaign, where she met Ralph Reistroffer at Newman Hall.

The couple received special dispensation to be married during Lent on March 26, 1955 as Ralph finished his officer’s artillery training in Texas and was quickly off to Germany. She soon followed and they returned home with a Volkswagen, a baby and a dog. Almost every year saw a new baby-and the requisite move to a new apartment. 1964 found them in Oak Park, now part of their families’ first generation of homeowners.

Kay had parlayed her musicality into a career as a piano stylist and singer, playing venues like Fritzl’s and the Continental Plaza. She was proud to contribute to the down payment on the family home (a century old in 2010) where Ralph is now the longest-residing neighbor on the block. There they raised five children, including Sarah, whose arrival made Kay the mother of children born in three different decades.

Kay registered to return to her studies at Circle campus as the kids grew, but it was not to be as she cared for Ralph’s mom, Elinor, through her final illness. She showed the same care to her Uncle Frank, her mom, Virginia (“Ganga”), and her Aunt Ruth – with great generosity, without begrudging.

The fun times included neighborhood camaraderie and family camping trips to the Dunes, Canada, the Ozarks and Colorado and South Dakota. Kay especially loved Doug and Karen’s lake house. She took great delight in her grandchildren.

Her perfect health continued until she met with cancer in her early 50s. Her enormous optimism and strong religious faith carried her through that and the other challenges that followed.

Kay died on her 54th wedding anniversary. Friends and family honor her kindness and humility, her unflagging spiritual devotion and remarkable love.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph; her children, Katie (Bill) Baar, Doug (Karen), Liz, Janet (Mark) Niemiro, and Sarah (Tony) Misiano; and her grandchildren, Alice, Dan, Emma, Grace, Kasia and Sofia.

Visitation and services were held on March 30 and 31 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Andrew Prinz, 73, Director of Urban Studies at Elmhurst College

Andrew Karl Prinz, 73, of Oak Park, died on March 26, 2009. Born in Chicago in 1935 to the late Margaret and Andrew Prinz, he was the director of Urban Studies at Elmhurst College for 36 years.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (nee Knudsen); his children, Kurt (Joanne), Linda (Greg) Hoffman, Diane (Ken) Gardner and Mark (Vanessa) Prinz; his grandchildren, Christopher, Jonathon and Timothy Prinz, Connor Hoffman, Peter and John Gardner, and Vander Prinz; and his brother, Edward.

Visitation will be held on April 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Bethesda Home, 2833 N. Nordica, Chicago, and April 3 from 5 p.m. until time of service, 7 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 W. Division, River Forest.

Private interment will take place at St. Luke Cemetery, Chicago. Memorials may be sent to Grace Church and Bethesda Home. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

Ruth Templin, 80, Longtime director of Community Nursing Services

Ruth B. Templin (nee Bonthron), 80, formerly of Oak Park and River Forest, died on March 18, 2009 at the St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville. Born in Chicago on Sept. 9, 1928 to John P.R. and Beatrice Bonthron, she worked as an R.N. and was the longtime director of Community Nursing Services of Oak Park-River Forest until her retirement in the early 1990s.

She loved to sail with her husband and was known as the beloved navigator of the “Red Baron.”

Ruth Templin is survived by her children, Clayton (Brenda) and Jaime (Leo) Amby; her seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and the sister of Robert (Dorothy) Bonthron and Jack (Deaneann) Bonthron. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, and her sisters, Jean and Bonnie Bonthron.

Visitation and services were held March 21 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Salvation Army are appreciated.

George Scacciaferro, 75, Illinois Bell technician

George J. “Scotty” Scacciaferro, 75, of LaSalle, formerly of Oak Park, died on March 30, 2009 in his home. Born on April 4, 1934 in LaSalle to Carmello and Ann (Garifo) Scacciaferro, he graduated from St. Bede Academy and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1955 to 1957, then worked as a linesman and network technician for Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Oak Park for 40 years until his retirement in 1993.

He was a member of Holy Rosary Church in LaSalle.

Scotty Scacciaferro is survived by two daughters, Ann (Paul) Billington and Gina Scacciaferro; two step-children, Scott Pelnar and Steven Pelnar; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Visitation will take place April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home with a scripture service at 7:45 p.m. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., April 3, at Mueller and Pagani Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, LaSalle. Rev. Robert Rayson will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Vincent’s Cemetery at a later date.

William Walter’s, 41, Mills Park Tower resident

William R. Walter’s, 41, died suddenly at home on March 26, 2009. A popular resident of Mills Park Tower for 10 years, he graduated from Jefferson Elementary and Morton West High School in Berwyn where he grew up. He was the past president of the Mills Park Residential Association.

William Walter’s is survived by his mother, Arlene; his siblings, Kievan Walter’s, Philip Knerr and Scott Knerr; three nephews and two nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 4 at Cornerstone Community Church of Brookfield, 9008 Fairview Ave. Cremation took place at Woodlawn Cemetery where his remains will be interred.

-Compiled by Ken Trainor

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