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Mattie Carrey Butler, who helped found the Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (WECAN) organization after a 1980 fire killed 13 children in the neighborhood, died on Nov. 3. She was 79. 

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Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody, age 76, of Chicago, passed away on Nov. 12, 2022. Born to Walter Charles Vertreace and Martha (nee Modena) on Nov. 24, 1945, in Washington, D.C.  

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Virginia A. “Nan” McDivit passed away on Oct. 10, 2022. A dear daughter of the late Joseph and Virginia (nee Guy), fond sister of the late Mary “Mimi” (the late John) Hess, the late Joseph “Rick” (the late Swannie) and the late Michael (Carleen) McDivit. A loving aunt, cousin, and friend of …

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Sergio Mims, a film critic, journalist, historian and raconteur who made a career out of written and audio commentary on cinema, and who put his love and encyclopedic knowledge of classical music and opera to use on a longtime WHPK radio show, died on Oct. 4 at the age of 67.

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In the early morning hours of September 23, 2022, Joan Kroll Novick suffered a catastrophic stroke from which she was unable to recover. She died on Sunday, September 25 in the late afternoon just as Rosh Hashanah was beginning. Joan’s friends and caregivers were with her during her transition.

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Marisa Ferrari (1942-2022) was born and raised in Udine, Italy, where she lived until meeting her husband, Virginio. They were both in their early twenties when they moved to Hyde Park, where Virginio worked as a sculptor and Marisa raised their three boys, Alberto, Fabio and Marco. Marisa w…

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Michael A. McGuire of Hinsdale, 77, predeceased by his wife, Frae McGuire and his son, Matthew McGuire. He is survived by his daughter Reagan Pittman, his partner, Deborah Davis, and many loving friends and family members, including his brothers and sisters Margaret Burns (James), Martin McG…

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Evelyn Liliane Marsh was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 4, 1943 to Hans and Eva (Rosenthal) Ekstein, refugees from Hitler’s Germany. The middle of three girls, Evelyn grew up in Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, which remained her lifelong home. She attended the University of Chi…

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Hannah (Anne) Hayes, daughter of the South Side, writer, teacher, activist, beloved Hyde Parker, sibling, wife and mother was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Hyde Park, Monday evening, July 11. 

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Wayne Walter Whalen was born in Savanna, Illinois on August 22, 1939 to Leo and Esther (Yackley) Whalen. The oldest of five, Wayne grew up in Hanover, Illinois on his family's mallard duck farm, Whistling Wings. Wayne's early jobs, beginning at the age of nine, included detasseling corn and …

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Kyoko Inoue was born on January 1, 1935 In Tokyo. Her father was interested in working abroad, so in 1939, her family moved to Shanghai where they lived during WWII. At the end of the war, having lost everything, they were sent back to Japan, where they rebuilt their lives in Tokyo. After gr…

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Erl Dordal, age 94, passed away on May 11, 2022 with members of his family at his side. He was born in the Lutheran parsonage in Larimore, North Dakota on September 22, 1927. His father was Rev. Dr. Lars Andreas Dordal (born in Telemark, Norway in 1884). His mother was Clara Wegge Dordal (bo…

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Dr. André LaCocque, Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Bible at Chicago Theological Seminary died on Jan. 28, 2022. He was 94. A revered teacher and a groundbreaking biblical scholar, he reconceived faithful study of a shared scripture, undergirded by interfaith dialogue and deep understanding bet…

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Kwesi Preston Lee Hopkins, 72, a lifelong resident of Chicago, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Kwesi was the third child born April 6, 1949 to the union of Lester B. Hopkins Sr. and Alice M. Hopkins (nee Rogers). Kwesi’s marriage to Rosetta Hopkins (nee Ledbetter) brought forth thre…

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Walter “Wally” Jonas, son of William Wolf Jonas and Mina (Frank), passed away October 5, 2021. Wally was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side.

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Helen K. Bailey died on Dec. 7 at the age of 96. Helen K. Niemeier was born in Centralia, Illinois, in 1925 and graduated from Centralia High School in 1943. Helen excelled in singing, spelling, typing and bookkeeping, all skills she applied later in life. Helen married George E. Yoos in 194…

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Longtime Hyde Park resident and retired University of Chicago faculty member Dr. Bernard M. Bergmann III passed away on the morning of Friday, Nov. 5, after a long struggle with early-onset Parkinson’s disease.

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Edgar Martin Krentz, beloved professor, pastor, and poet, died in Chicago on Oct. 31, 2021, at the age of 93. Author of the influential “The Historical-Critical Method” as well as numerous articles about biblical interpretation, Ed experienced the split in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod …

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Rosemary Snow, 91, died peacefully Oct. 31, with family at her side. She was born September 2, 1930, at the Mescalero Apache Reservation, in New Mexico, daughter of Rosalie and John Mixon, who were pioneering social workers. A life-long Hyde Parker, she was educated at Ray School, Francis Pa…

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The community of Hyde Park mourns the tragic loss of Takintayo “Tayo” Akinbiyi, a recent PhD graduate in statistics from the University of Chicago and a gifted improvisational actor who frequently performed at the historic Revival theater. Tayo was not only a talented young researcher, but a…

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James “Jim” Samuel Stricklin was born on March 27, 1933 in Pontiac, Illinois to Phillip and Harriet (Barnes) Stricklin. The family moved to Bronzeville on the South Side of Chicago when Jim was young, where he attended and graduated from DuSable High School.