Ira Sherman, 91, Radio writer, movie lover, mensch
Ira Sherman, 91, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 22, 2005. Born on Jan. 23, 1914 to Irving and Minnie Sherman, he graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism. He worked as a reporter and newscaster before joining the American Heart Association as director of information, where he remained for 20 years, then moved to the American Lung Association.

Mr. Sherman married his childhood sweetheart, the late Sylvia Rosen, whom he met at his junior high school Shakespeare Club. They were married for 59 years and shared interests in theater, literature, and film. They enjoyed many deep and lasting friendships.

Following the death of Sylvia, Mr. Sherman moved to Holley Court Terrace in Oak Park, where he emceed the weekly movie showings. In 2000, he finished second in an area-wide spelling bee, sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County. He remained actively concerned about national issues, frequently writing letters to, and receiving responses from, U.S. senators.

Mr. Sherman will be remembered by friends and family for his kindness, generosity, wisdom, and captivating wit.

He is survived by his son, Michael (Cynthia); his daughter, Barbara (Rev. W. Thomas Holmes); his grandchildren, Scott (Marsha) Sherman, Beth (Dennis) Kozura, Gregory Sherman, Heidi Wagreich, Ian (Laura) Wagreich, and Amy Wagreich; and his great-grandchildren, Zachary, Samantha, Jeremy, Jacob, Sarah, Hayley, Isaac, Mercedes, and Felicia.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to charitable organizations.


Bonnie Howard, 83, Journalist, avid reader, cook
Bonnie Howard (nee Baker) passed from the mortal realm into the Hereafter in peaceful slumber in the early dawn of November 17, 2005.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Vida (nee Frazee) Baker, brother, Jay (Eileen) Baker, sister, Wanda Dyer-Baronowski (Bill and Edwin). Devoted wife of the late Frank Howard, loving Mother of Dianne Howard Nery-Beaty (Eduardo Nery and Kirk Beaty), and cherished grandmother of Tina Nery-Elia. Fond Aunt of Marilyn, (the late) Lloyd, JoEllen, Jayleen, Todd and Jeff; treasured cousin of Scott Frazee. She was a doting friend to many; making people happy through friendship and food gave her great joy. An ardent animal lover, she nurtured many of God’s creatures over the years. Mrs. Howard worked for the Illinois State Journal in Springfield as copy-editor and feature writer; skills she continued after moving to Forest Park in 1945 when she joined Editor Claude Walker Sr. at the Forest Park Review. She spent the last two decades of her career at Professional Marketers Inc., as Executive Secretary to the President of the Frozen Foods Division.

An avid reader, writer, cook and gardener, Bonnie enjoyed life to the fullest and did not know the meaning of the word ‘boredom’. She was a longtime dear friend of Delores Holub, and the late Wilma Ashcraft.

Some 10 years ago, her life was stalled by a near-fatal brain aneurysm from which she made a remarkable recovery and went on to be a participant of the renowned Accolade program in Oak Park. Beset by Alzheimer’s and then cancer, Bonnie was under the extraordinary care of the VITAS Hospice team for the last 6 months and companioned by one of God’s true angels, Renee Burleigh.

Mrs. Howard was to laid to rest at Forest Home Cemetery on a cold, bright blue sunny skied day surrounded by her family and friends. Funeral arrangements were handled by Frank Nosek of the Nosek Funeral Home in Berwyn.

The Family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Owner/Chef Tim Kuck of Slaton’s Supper Club in Oak Park, Tony Calderone, Sally Cody; Delores and Dean Holub for their special expressions of friendship and love during this time of sorrow.

Andrew Wangall, 86, World War II Navy veteran
Andrew Wangall, 86, of Amboy, formerly of Maywood and Forest Park, died at the Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Friday, December 2. He was born in Gillepsie on November 30, 1919, the son of Andrew and Anna (Shimkus) Warenaucky.

He opened Andy’s Grocery Market from 1945-1949, then worked for the Jewel Grocery Stores. He then owned and operated Setback North as well as Homer’s restaurants in Forest Park prior to his retirement. He was a veteran of the US Navy during World War II.

He was a past member of the Kiwanis and a lifetime member of the VFW in Maywood.

He was united in marriage to Helen M. Wilson in Maywood on November 30, 1940. She preceded him in death December 16, 2002. He was also preceded in death by two brothers John and Stanley and a newphew, Jerry Wilson.

He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy with the Rev. Christine Stienstra, pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amboy officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Amboy American Legion following the service. Cremation will follow with burial of cremains in Prarie Repose Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the funeral home.