William Bold, 94, Rand McNally & Co. board member
William J. Bold Sr., 94, died peacefully on March 26, 2010 in his Glenview home with his family at his side. Born in Chicago on April 12, 1915, he was raised in Oak Park and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School. His father died when he was 12, and with no money for college during the Depression, he worked many odd jobs.
In 1933, he went to work for Rand McNally & Company as an office boy and rose through the ranks to the board of directors, retiring in 1986.
In World War II, he served in Patton’s Third Army. During that time, he directed a mobile cartography unit which helped make maps for D-Day and then in a separate mobile unit in Europe equipped with paper, ink, and presses. Charles de Gaulle personally awarded Mr. Bold the Croix de Guerre, a French military decoration for bravery in combat.
For more than 20 years, he served as a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
William Bold is survived by Rita Bold (nee Greco), his wife of 61 years; his three sons, Mark (Mary), Matthew, and Luke (Marne); his grandchildren, Sarah, Carol, Katie, Ben, Ellie and Emily; and his daughter-in-law, Cynthia. He was preceded in death by his children, William Jr. and John, and his siblings, Edward, Jane, and Helen.
Visitation was held on March 30 at Donnellan Family Funeral Home in Skokie. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, March 31 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1775 Grove St. (at Church Street) in Glenview, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.
In lieu of flowers, please direct your kindness to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago 60608.
Sarah Lynch, 50, Longtime Oak Park resident, park district employee
Sarah Margaret Lynch, 50, died on March 3, 2010 at San Francisco General Hospital after a brief illness. A graduate of Ascension School and Oak Park and River Forest High School, she lived on South Kenilworth Avenue for many years and worked for the Park District of Oak Park. After leaving this area, she worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Sarah Lynch is survived by her siblings, Monica, Justin and Emmett Lynch. She was preceded in death by her parents, Miles and Judy Lynch; her sister, Jennifer Lynch; and brother, Aaron Lynch.
Services were private. Contributions in Sarah’s honor may be made to the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (sfghf.net), 2789 25th St., Suite 2028, San Francisco, CA 94110.
Janet Miner, 93, Legal secretary, artist and potter
Janet C. Miner, 93, of Niles, Mich., formerly of Oak Park, died on March 18, 2010. Born in Riverside, she attended the University of Illinois, worked as a legal secretary, and was an accomplished artist and potter. She and her sister, Julia, lived in Oak Park for over 40 years before moving to their family’s home in Niles in 2007.
Janet Miner is survived by her sister, Julia; her nephews, Richard Miner and Philip Miner; and her niece, Judy Liebers.
Visitation was held at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. The funeral and burial, which were presided over by Rev. Rob Roy, were held in Atlanta, Ill., on March 22.
Carol Heitzman-Walters, 60, Nurse, community volunteer
Carol Ann Heitzman-Walters of Oak Park died on March 28, 2010 at home with her family by her side. Born on April 30, 1949 in Joliet, the second of four daughters of John and Irene (Skiniotes) Heitzman, she graduated from Providence High School in 1967, then completed the Joliet Township Adult Education LPN Training Course, after which she devoted six months to working with the poor in Ghana, Africa, through Catholic Medical Missions. She later pursued her RN degree at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., graduating in 1978.
On Feb. 14, 1986, she married her best friend, Joseph B. Walters, and had two children, Irene Joy in 1987 and Zoe Josie-Marie in 1995. When her health would allow it, she was an active member of St. Bernardine’s Women’s Club and spent many hours volunteering for West Suburban PADS, but mostly enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, fishing and camping.
In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by her mother, Irene (Skiniotes) Heitzman; her sisters, Mary C. Lauterbach, Bernie (Steven) McMahel, and Susan (Bill Cox) Meister; numerous nieces and nephews; her godchildren, Michael and Lauren; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and her devoted friend of many years, Abbie Simandl.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, John and Bernadine (Schottes) Heitzman, her father John E. Heitzman; her maternal grandparents, George and Maria (Kapellas) Skiniotes; and numerous aunts and uncles.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on March 30 at St. Bernardine’s Catholic Church in Forest Park, Rev. Francis J. Grady, SSC, officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dames Funeral Home chapel, 3200 Black (at Essington) Road, Joliet, followed by interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Joliet.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the St. Bernardine’s St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Maureen ‘Micki’ Bell, 50. OPRF graduate, pharmacy technician
Editor’s note: Due to an omission, we are reprinting a revised version of the obituary that ran last week.
Maureen “Micki” Ann Bell, 50, died peacefully at home with husband, Robert, at her side on March, 16, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Oak Park, she graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1977. She met her husband in Florida when she was 19, and they married here in 1980.
The couple settled in Oxnard, Calif., in 1986 where they raised their daughters. Ms. Bell worked as a pharmacy technician for 13 years, a job that brought her much joy.
Micki Bell is survived by Robert, her husband of 29 years; her daughters, Lindsay and Meghan (John) Ballard; her mother, Vernyle Lavery; her siblings, Nancy (Greg) Dahl, Drs. Patrick (Barbara), Jeannie (David) Tostenson, and Susie (John) Schultz; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, George Lavery.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, at the Perez Family Mortuary, 1347 Del Norte Road in Camarillo, Calif. Donations in her honor may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Suzanne Keller memorial service update
Suzanne Keller, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Feb. 27, 2010 [see obituary, Wednesday Journal, March 17, p. 28]. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 8, at First United Church of Oak Park, in conjunction with the Evening Division meeting, an outreach group which Suzanne had been president of for many years.
The service will be held from 6 to 6:30, followed by dinner from 6:30 to 7:15 at which time, the monthly Evening Division meeting will commence. Everyone is invited to attend the memorial service, the dinner and evening program. The dinner will cost $15, with food from Eastgate Cafe.
If you plan to stay for dinner, please RSVP to Grace Behrendes at 386-2721 by April 4.