Lea Cunningham, owner, Cunningham/Reilly Sporting Goods
Lea Cunningham died in her Oak Park home on Nov. 23, 2005. She was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., and later moved to Chicago where she attended college and received a degree in business. Mrs. Cunningham worked at Seeburg Corporation in Chicago, and after moving to Oak Park, worked at the West Suburban Hospital Atrium Gift Shop for 15 years before retiring in 1994. She was a resident of Oak Park for 55 years and a member of the River Forest Country Club and Grace Episcopal Church of Oak Park, where she participated in the St. Martha's Guild. The Cunninghams owned and operated Cunningham/Reilly Sporting Goods Store in Oak Park.
Lea Cunningham is survived by her sons, Tom (Nancy) of Boulder and David of Oak Park. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Cunningham. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St. Memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated. Arrangments were handled by Drechsler, Brown, and Williams Funeral Home of Oak Park.
Lloyd Pollard, 83, WWII ranger, Bronze Star winner
Lloyd T. Pollard, Sr., died of emphysema in his Lombard home on Nov. 27, 2005. He lived for 35 years in Oak Park before moving to Lombard. He was a retired pipefitter and member of many organizations, most connected to his status as a WWII veteran, such as the Rangers of WWII Association, Ted Knusman Amvets Post 13, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the 4th Ranger Battalion ("Darby's Rangers"), and also a member of the 1st Special Service Forces, a combination of Canadian and American forces who joined after surviving the Battle of Anzio and the only U.S. forces ever to combine with those of another country. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Silver Maple Leaf, and two Purple Hearts.
Lloyd Pollard is survived by his wife Catherine (nee Walsh), and their children, Susan (Jerry) O'Neil, Mary (Curt) Hustan, Janet (Elio) Morse, John (Diane), Joan (Philip) Waldron, and Lloyd, Jr. "Chip" (Jill). He is also survived by his 22 grandchildren.
Visitation took place at Chapel Hill Gardens on Nov. 30. Funeral Mass was celebrated at Ascension Church by Rev. Larry McNally followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to the Ascension School Fund. Arrangements were handled by Gamboney and Son.
Sidney Kuflick, 82, Wagner's Shoe Corral owner
Sidney Kuflick, 82, died on Nov. 27, 2005. He was the co-owner, with his wife Elinor Kuflick (nee Wagner), of Wagner's Shoe Corral in River Forest for more than 40 years. Mr. Kuflick was the father of Linda Schaner and Leslie (Gary) Wood, and the cherished grandfather of Brian Schaner, Benjamin, Charlie, and Emma Wood. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sally Kuflick.
Memorial services were held Dec. 6 at Oak Park Temple. Interment was private. Remembrances may be made to the Northwestern Memorial Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 676 N. St. Clair #2050, Chicago 60611. Information was given by Lloyd Mandel Levayah Funerals.
Robert Ragalie, 89, Ragalie Shoes owner
Robert Ragalie, 89, died in Milwaukee Catholic Home on Nov. 19, 2005. He owned Ragalie Shoes, a well-known store in Oak Park at Madison Street and Austin Boulevard, for nearly 60 years, and the Ragalie were equally well-known. The store originally belonged to his father, Santino Ragalie, who opened it in 1919. Robert was a sophomore at the University of Illinois when his father died in 1935. He took over and ran the store for 45 years, retiring in 1980. Although Mr. Ragalie rarely left the shop, he was a devoted father and a lifelong fan of the White Sox. When the shop closed, he would often ride the el to Comiskey with his kids. According to the obituary in the Chicago Tribune, his son said that during the recent World Series, his father kept his White Sox cap close at hand. He served in the Army Air Force between 1943 and 1945. Later he served as president of the Alpine Country Club of Round Lake. He was married to Joan Nolan and had three children. They divorced in 1978, and Ragalie married Grace Kissel in 1983. Mr. Ragalie moved from Oak Park to Burlington, Iowa, after selling the store in 1980, and then to the Milwaukee Catholic Home in 2001, because it was close to his son, a physician.
Robert Ragalie is survived by his three children, Gregg, Glenn, and Diane, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Grace Kissel. A memorial mass was celebrated Nov. 26 at St. Luke Catholic Church in River Forest.
Marilyn Salerno , Coordinated Project Linus
Marilyn Rose Salerno died on Nov. 21, 2005 at West Suburban Hospital. Born in Chicago, she lived in Oak Park for 55 years. She helped to found and later served as the area coordinator of the Chicago chapter of Project Linus, a service that helps make and distribute blankets for pediatric cancer patients at area hospitals.
Marilyn Salerno is survived by her husband, Jim; her daughter, Jeannine; her son, Marc; her grandchildren, Josephine, Santino, and Dominick; and her four brothers, Joseph, James, Michael and Frank.
Visitation was held Nov. 25 at Drechsler, Brown, and Williams Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Nov. 26 at Ascension Church, followed by interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside.
Evelyn Stamm, 99 , Active RF volunteer
Evelyn K. Stamm died on Nov. 22, 2005. A long-time resident of River Forest, and a lifelong summertime resident of White Lake of Whitehall, Mich., she was born on Sept. 28, 1906 to Anthony and Mathilde Kallscheuer in Chicago. During WWII, Evelyn worked for the Red Cross. She was a member of the LaRabida women's board for over 50 years. She was also a member of the River Forest school board and Infant Welfare Society-Chapter 7, as well as a volunteer at Oak Park Hospital. She enjoyed attending the Lyric Opera and was a longtime member of Resurrection Evangelical Church at Concordia University in River Forest.
Evelyn is survived by her son, Paul (Barbara) Stamm of River Forest, and her grandchildren Zak, Wendy, Taylor, and Morgan Stamm. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer J., and her sister, Mathilde Kallscheuer.
Visitation was held on Nov. 28 with the funeral service on Nov. 29, both at Dreschler, Brown, and Williams Funeral Home, followed by interment at Irving Park Cemetery. Memorials are appreciated and can be sent to LaRabida Children's Hospital, attn: Development, E. 65th St. at Lake Michigan, Chicago 60649.
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