Sympathy to the family of Marv Rodenbostel who died last week. Marv lived all of his life here in Forest Park, as did his wife Elsie. Their three kids, Kim, Kevin and Pan also went to Garfield Middle School and Proviso. Marv and Elsie were active in the Eagles”he was the guy who sold you your ticket for the Eagles dinners on Fridays and Elsie brought you your dinner. Marv and Elsie had lots of friends in town, old neighbors and friends from St. Bernardine’s and Saint John’s.The Rodenbostel name is one of the old Forest park names. We are saddened at Marv’s passing.
For those of you who missed Jamie O’Reilly at Fitzgerald’s last Friday (well, actually two Fridays ago by the time this paper gets to you), you have another chance. For one night only Jamie O’Reilly and the Rogues will appear at the Irish American Center, 4626 North Knox in Chicago. It will be the group’s 25th reunion concert and will benefit the ARCC: African Refugee Resettlement of Chicago. Call 312-458-0822 to reserve a ticket or for more information.
A few weeks ago the announcement of the Ryan Russ-Jenniffer Swinski engagement appeared here but the accompanying photo fell into technology space plasma. It will be resurrected so you can see Ryan and Jenniffer. They are planning a September wedding. You remember, Ryan, he’s the son of Diane Dormeyer and Reza Ebadi.
A few weeks ago Estelle and Leo Pargulski were playing bingo at the community center”on separate cards, of course”when each yelled “BINGO” at the same time. Each of them had been waiting for the same number for a long time.
On Saturday, April 30 there will be a grand opening of the Ladies Workout Express at 7744 West Madison Street. Mayor Anthony Calderone will cut the ribbons; the dedication will be offered by Rev. David Fore, of Rock of Ages Baptist church. Everyone is invited to attend, there’ll be lots of exciting things happening including refreshments!
Eleanor Locati chaired a luncheon in honor of our Forest Park Library employees. That’s because last week was National Library Week. The book sale will happen in May, not April as reported in this column last week (don’t believe everything you read in the papers”especially in this column). Dates of the book sale are May 13,14, 15 and a super clean up sale on May 16 10 a.m. until noon.
The Heritage Chorale will perform Baltic Beauty conducted by Kurt Amolsch and featuring the premier of a newly commissioned work by Oak Park composer, Dennie Northway, at Saint Bernardine Church on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.
Happy Birthday greetings are in order for Michael Accetura, Benjamin Waldron and Krystle Kutak on Wednesday, April 20; on April 21 to Edward Gleason, Kate Leinweber and McKenna Mintz; April 22 birthday greetings to Regan Doolin; on April 23 happy anniversary to Jeff Oswalts and to Brian and Jane Leisten; April 24 anniversary greetings to Sue and Rich Bothie and happy birthday to Daniel Christopher Hawkins, Rich M. Dale, Joe Dornecker and Katie Kelly; on April 25 to Anne Childs, Art Grams and Annette Pardun; on April 17 Mary Monaghan has a happy birthday. That’s about it for this week.