Carl Schalk, 91, composer and longtime music professor at Concordia University in River Forest.
Thomas Riley, 94, former River Forest fire chief.
Sherlynn Reid, 85, longtime head of the Oak Park Community Relations Department, champion of the District 97 CAST program, member of numerous civic organizations, and early integrator of Oak Park in the 1960s.
Mary Daly Lewis, 73, former president of the District 97 Board of Education, professor and dean at Aurora University.
Joe Citari, 57, star baseball player on OPRF High School’s 1981 state championship team, played nine years in the minor leagues, coached and mentored young athletes.
Michael Poehlman, 60, co-founder of the CAST theater arts program at Percy Julian Middle School and headed Dominican University’s Performing Arts Center with his wife, Jill.
Ben Williams, 87, Percy Julian Middle School principal who started the CAST Theater program.
Dorian McGee, 16, Oak Park and River Forest High School student, found shot and killed on a street in North Lawndale.
Greg White, 68, served 24 years as Oak Park Township clerk and 10 years as deputy clerk.
Bob Walsh, 92, longtime owner of Logos Bookstore and member of the St. Giles Family Mass group.
Roy Hlavacek, 83, co-founder of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.
Ceoria Coates, 95, started a busy and successful acting career for 35 years, after she retired.
Terry Dean, 47, education reporter for Wednesday Journal and editor of the Austin Weekly News for 10 years.
Ed Galvin, 88, Hall of Fame basketball coach for Fenwick High School.
Saki (Dennis) Konstantos, 36, popular manager of George’s Restaurant.
Dolores Register, 88, founding director of the District 97 Multicultural Education Center.
Keith Taylor, 72, award-winning artist/illustrator for everything from greeting cards to political commentary, former president of the Oak Park Art League.
A number of local business owners died in the past year. The list includes:
Roy Burton, 78, Village Laundromat
Mike Trant, 74, founded Duffy’s Tavern in Forest Park
Bess Poulos, 94, pioneering woman real estate broker in River Forest
Gloria Onischuk, longtime proprietor of Under the Ginkgo Tree B&B
Robbin O’Harrow, 65, owner/operator of Munch vegetarian/vegan restaurant
Timothy Eggert, 73, former owner or Competitive Foot athletic store
Jerry Levinson, 86, former owner of Oak Park Cyclery
Mary Lynn Mullins, 91, owner of Landmark Realty