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Susan Ryan devoted almost 20 years of her life to supporting other cancer victims at Wellness House and Gilda’s Club. (May 30, 2012)

Susan Ryan, volunteered with groups that helped her through cancer, dies

When cancer in the soft tissue of Susan Ryan’s right leg forced surgeons to remove some muscle, she sought emotional support at Wellness House of … Read more ›


J. Robert Sandman, activist minister, dies

The Rev. J. Robert Sandman, a longtime United Church of Christ minister who helped establish scores of churches throughout Illinois, dedicated his life to many … Read more ›

Former federal Judge Frank McGarr dies

Judge Frank J. McGarr, the son of a Chicago plumber, sat on the federal bench for 18 years and presided over a number of significant … Read more ›

Former president and chairman of R.R. Donnelley dies

When John “Jack” Butler Schwemm took over as chairman of the board at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. in 1983, the challenges were formidable. Not … Read more ›

COD symposium examines the ‘new face of homelessness’

When Jill Markussen wanted to revamp her career a few years ago, she considered the time she spent volunteering at a hospice and nursing homes … Read more ›

Mary Jane Miller (handout photo)

Author of books for young people dies at 75

Mary Jane Miller’s love of stories was ingrained by some of her earliest memories, like drinking tea with an Irish grandmother who would read the … Read more ›

Downers Grove man, who studied medicinal properties of plants, dies

Norman Farnsworth spent more than 50 years studying the medicinal properties of plants, critical work in a world where, according to one of his colleagues, … Read more ›

Phil Block, Volunteer
From the community

Opportunity to Give Back

The West Suburban Community Pantry (WSCP), a non-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life in DuPage County, announced today its … Read more ›

From the community

Mildred Grace Foster

Mildred Goodman Foster Mildred Goodman Foster, 96, of Lewisport, KY. died Friday, May 27, 2011 at Heartland Villa Care and Rehab Center. She was a … Read more ›