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Obituaries

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 ›

Howard Dean's grandfather founded Dean Foods. (March 28, 2012)

Howard M. Dean of Dean Foods dies

Howard M. Dean helped build Dean Foods Co., founded by his grandfather in 1925, into the nation’s second-largest dairy before it merged with its larger … Read more ›

A former nursing colleague of Carolyn Helf’s said, “She was such an upbeat person.” (March 6, 2012)

Carolyn Helf, a Rush nurse who helped start Wellness House, dies at 76

Early in her nursing career of more than four decades at Rush University Medical Center, Carolyn Wessel Helf was called to treat a 17-year-old boy … Read more ›

In 1990, John A. Murray was crowned king of Krewe of Mid-City — an honor typically bestowed on natives of New Orleans — and rode atop the main float in a 50-float parade the Sunday before Fat Tuesday.

John Murray, ran party supply store in Willowbrook, dies

The affable owner of Murray’s Partytime Supplies in Willowbrook created one of the first Halloween superstores each fall. For eight weeks, his 20,000-plus-square-foot party-supply center … Read more ›

Hinsdale resident, giant in world of harness racing, dies

Stan Bergstein, executive vice president of Harness Tracks of America from 1961 to 2011, excelled at multi-tasking long before the phrase entered the American workplace … Read more ›

Joseph J. Gentile, car dealer who gave to Loyola, dies

Joseph J. Gentile, a successful auto salesman for 50 years, was a major supporter of Loyola University Chicago, where the athletic center bears his name. … 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 ›

Michael L. Gentile (Submitted photo)

Longtime Taylor Street pharmacy owner, Oak Brook man dies

Michael L. Gentile ran a drug store on Taylor Street in Little Italy for four decades, taking over the business from his father in the … Read more ›

Hinsdale cardiologist and past president of the American Heart Association, dies

Dr. James Alan Schoenberger, 92, a cardiologist who was a past president of the American Heart Association, died of emphysema Saturday, Aug. 13, at the … Read more ›

Former president of Sommer & Maca, longtime volunteer dies

When Paul Donald Maca retired as president of Sommer & Maca Industries in 1986, he had the means, friends and golf game for a relaxing … Read more ›