Dusty Trellis was her stage name. If you met her, she might offer you a business card bearing that name. But she had been baptized Elizabeth Rahuba 65 years ago in New Jersey.
Joseph Earl Wiley, 98, died peacefully on Dec. 11 at the Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living Center on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Mr. Wiley or Joe, as he was known to family and friends, was born on July 12, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, his mother’s hometown, though he would spend over 70 y…
Peter Oliver Vandervoort, an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago who kept alive the memory of the Manhattan Project and a generation of famous scientists, died on Dec. 11 at the age of 85.
Joan Lawson, who overcame racism and poverty to pursue a career in public health and, after retirement, become a beloved volunteer at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, died on Dec. 4 at the age of 84. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, according to son Dennis Watson.
A World War II veteran, ardent progressive and beloved family man, Eugene (Gene) Krell built community wherever he went. He was an Illinois boy who went to Japan for the war and decided to bring a bit of the world back with him to Hyde Park, where he lived for over six decades. Gene died on …
Dr. Hyman Rochman, 88, passed away on October 21, in Chicago at Montgomery Place. He was born on Oct. 7, 1932 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Marvin Zonis, 84, widely admired and loved Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, died on Sunday, Nov. 15, after a brief illness.
Beatrice Akiko Takeuchi passed away peacefully at Hanson Hospice Care Center in Stevensville, Michigan, on Nov. 11. She had been a resident of Harbert, Michigan, for the past 28 years and was formerly of Hyde Park, New York City and Washington D.C. She was the daughter of Kojiro Takeuchi, pu…
James M. Ratcliffe, 95, passed away on June 17 in Chicago, Illinois. He was born on May 26, 1925 in Kewanee, Illinois, to the late James and Madeleine Ratcliffe.
Cindy Pardo, a quilter known for her elaborately patterned, particolored designs and leadership in the local arts scene, as well as her work with First Unitarian Church, died on Oct. 25 at 74.
Karen Davis died at her home in Hyde Park on October 14th, 2020. Born Karen Ann in 1939 to Arnie and Dollie Schlicht of Sibley, Iowa, she attended local schools and then Grinnell College as an American studies and education major.
Sylvia Ruth Telser (née Trossman), age 90, of Hyde Park died on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Elise Evans Gorun, a Hyde Park resident of many years,passed away Oct. 20 in Loveland, Colorado where she and her husband, Alexander Avram Gorun, had recently relocated from Chicago.
Wendy Ruth Neuberger Gerick, age 92, passed away peacefully in Chicago on October 14, 2020. She was born in Oakland, CA in 1928 to Lester and Madeleine Neuberger.
Hilde Staniulis was born in 1920 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the third of four children. She was forced to leave Germany when the Nazis came to power. She first went to Palestine, where she lived and went to an agricultural school before working at a private farm — quite a change for a gi…
After a long battle with breast cancer, preschool teacher and Hyde Parker Sharon Vadeboncoeur died at age 69 on Sept. 15.
Vivian Cook Loseth, who worked for the Youth Guidance nonprofit social service agency for nearly four decades and spent four years as its CEO, died on Sept. 2 at the age of 78 after suffering a stroke.
Vreni Naess, who played key roles in numerous cultural and educational programs in and around Hyde Park, died recently at her home. Relatives said she had not suffered from any lingering disability or illness.
Margaret “Peggy” Bevington, a longtime teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools nursery, mother of four and avid lover of literature and language, died on Sept. 5 at home hospice in Hyde Park after a period of ill health. She was 87.
Richard Paul Taub, Professor Emeritus of the University of Chicago, sociologist of urban, rural, and community economic development, died peacefully at his home in Santa Fe, NM, on Aug. 19, at the age of 83.
Long-time Hyde Park resident Margaret Poznak Mine died peacefully at age 93 on Aug. 1, at Montgomery Place where she had been a resident since 2014.The daughter of John (Ivan Alexeivitch) Pozniak and Yetta (Yospe), immigrants from Byelorussia (now Belarus) who had met at a left-wing organiza…
The Rev. Leon Dorsey Finney, Jr., a powerful real estate developer who resisted the advances of the University of Chicago in Woodlawn during the early 1960s and built up a controversial real estate empire only to see it collapse toward the end of his life, died on Sept. 4 at the age of 82.
Abel Jeuland, a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business who stayed in touch with his French heritage, raised a family and loved the arts, died on Aug. 19 at home in Hyde Park at the age of 71.
Richard Stephen Berry, a University of Chicago physical chemist who contributed to the understanding of atomic transition and organization and advocated for clean energy use, died on July 26, aged 89.
Lt. Dion Boyd, who led the 2nd District police from July 2018 to February 2020, died by suicide on July 28 at the Homan Square facility, aged 57.
Joan F. Small, who worked 16 years as the first deputy commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and spent her retirement volunteering for arts, culture and social justice nonprofits, died on June 24 at 78.
Zelda Star, a long-time resident of Hyde Park died on June 20, 2020 at the age of 94.
Dwight Powell, who served as treasurer and on the board of the Jackson Park Advisory Council for a dozen years, advocating for the establishment of the Obama Presidential Center there, died recently of natural causes at the age of 72.
Toussaint G. Toole, a head and neck surgeon who lived in Hyde Park, died recently at the age of 84.
M. Patrice “Pat” Palm Dorsey died peacefully at home on March 25 at the age of 67, after 41 years of marriage to her beloved husband, William Dorsey III.
Marc Loveless, a longtime advocate for LGBTQ African Americans in Chicago who was running as a write-in candidate against Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-26th), died of natural causes Sunday night at the age of 59.
Services for Bo Buntic, 76, a resident of Hyde Park for more than 50 years, will be held Thursday, Feb. 27.
Charles Custer, who stayed in Hyde Park after leaving western Kansas to attend the University of Chicago, married a local woman, had four children and worked in mutual funds, died on Jan. 21 at the age of 91.
Barbara O’Connor, a foot soldier for the independent politics of Hyde Park from its modern inception in the 1950s, died on Jan. 12 at the age of 89 from cancer.
Lois Bobette Brown Best, who moved to Hyde Park in 1967 and was heavily involved with neighborhood organizations, died recently. She was 72.
Allison Kate Hartman, a lifelong Chicagoan and Hyde Park fixture known for her career as an auto mechanic, lawyer and community activist, died on Nov. 13 from complications after a cardiac arrest. It was her 88th Birthday.
Leila “Lee” Botts, 91, a pioneering and widely recognized environmentalist associated with efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes, died of natural causes on Oct. 5 in Oak Park.