Harold F. Toberman, 90, a longtime Oak Park resident, died at his home on Sept. 16, 2010. Born on Aug. 19, 1920 in Symerton to James and Josephine (Kuzel) Toberman, he attended elementary school in Canada and Farragut High School in Chicago. He served in WWII in New Guinea and the Southern Philippines with the 3315th Quartermaster Truck Company, entering the Army in 1943 at Fort Sheridan. During a military furlough in Chicago, he married Lorraine Kebschull of Berwyn on April 25, 1944.
After discharge from the Army in 1946, he and Lorraine lived in Palos Park, where he specialized in growing orchids for 11 years while employed at H.N. Bruns Co. Harold then worked at Vaughn’s Garden Center in Western Springs until he opened his own flower shop, Brittany Flowers, in Oak Park, retiring 17 years later. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Harold Toberman is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine; his sons, Hal Jr. (Linda) and Wayne (Sherry); his grandchildren, Jeffrey, Christine (Phil) Knox, John, Alexia, Victoria, and Peter; his great-granddaughters, Allison and Julia Knox; his siblings, James (Toni), Eugene (Elaine), Audrey Michalik, and Vivian Formanek. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John, Raymond, and Robert; and his sisters, Lillian, Dorothy, and Elsie.
Visitation will be held at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park, on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 3 to 8 p.m., with a service at the funeral home on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park.