On May 28,2006 at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, Michelle Becker, Diane Becker’s “baby”, rode the elevator to the Tower Room of the Lyric Opera Building on Wacker Drive in Chicago, where she took the arm of her proud daddy, John Becker and repeated her marriage vows to Clay Baum in front of her sisters, Lisa Becker Grimes, Nancy Becker and brother Jim Becker. Diane looked as beautiful as her daughters and seems to be enjoying a spell of good health. Best wishes to the newlyweds .

Congratulations to Forest Parker Min Li who has accepted a research position with a pharmaceutical company in the D.C./ Maryland area. He will maintain his reisidence here with his wife, Hing Mai and daughter Tina Li. Hing Mai is busy earning her PhD, also in chemistry. On weekends, Dr. Li will come back so Tina can spend time with her “baba” (Chinese for “daddy”).

To celebrate his promotion Min Li treated his friends and neighbors to an elegant dinner in New Chinatown’s famous Lee Wing Wah restaurant. Mr. Li’s guests were Dr. Dong, his wife Xi Wang, their son Wesley Dong, and daughter, Gabriella.

Nancy Bower presented the Friends of the Forest Park Library with a check for $500, compliments of the Forest Park Kiwanis! The Friends gratefully accepted!

If you missed the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest’s fun fundraiser at Doc Ryan’s on May 31, you have another chance to enjoy all you can eat and drink for a mere $25 at Doc Ryan’s on June 9 from 6 to 8 pm. This time it will be for the benefit of the Literacy Volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a literacy volunteer, contact Bea McLean or Angela West Blank at 708 848-8499. Marge Zwadlo and Trudy Roznos had their picture in the latest issue of Literacy Lines, the organization’s newsletter.

VFW Post 7181 in conjunction with the American Legion Post 414 will again present a Pancake Breakfast for your enjoyment. The date is Saturday, June 17 from 8 a.m. till 1 pm. Five dollars for adults, $3 for kids under 12. Come and visit with your neighbors. The hall is at the corner of Circle and Adams and everyone is invited.

Ruth Loyd proudly announces the confirmation of her granddaughter,Alyssa Neff on June 4th, at Grace Lutheran in Westchester. Alyssa is having an exciting year; she will graduate from Middle School on June 10th. Ruth’s great-granddaughter, Amanda Bezil was also a middle school graduate out in Plainfield on June 1. So Ruth is spending all her money on gifts these days.

Kay Helbing was a supporter of the SOPRF fund raiser at Doc Ryan’s last week. Kay is having a very full life and here’s how. Many years ago while visiting the state of Maine, Kay saw the ocean and got a strong urge to get to the other side of that ocean and see what life was like over there. So after living for several years in Germany and learning how to speak fluent German, Kay took a teaching position in the Netherlands. There she stayed and taught school for twenty years. So she also speaks fluent Dutch which, in my opinion, is a very difficult language to get your tongue around. Now Kay’s sight is failing so instead of feeling sorry for herself, she teaches the visually impaired at Hines Hospital! Quite a girl, that Kay Helbing! And a most welcome addition to our town.

Speaking of traveling, that Terry Steinbach Sarli girl has been traveling all over the world this past month. If I can ever get hold of her you will get the details. All this while preparing her PhD dissertation… something about how different computer programs are compatible.

June 7 is the birthday of Janine Boy, Dawn Jasper, Gerhardt Kosh, Madhu Pallatl, Kim Jargstorf and the happy anniversary of Diane and Colin Chin; on June 8 it’s Delores McCain, Hailey Ann Watson, the Rev. Mark Jargstorf and happy anniversary to Al and Jenny Juozaitis; on June 9 birthday time for Jacob Koehne, Matt O’Shea, Alice Zimmerman, Edith Evert and Robert Gerger; on June 10 Marge Griffin; on June 11 a happy anniversary with to Nick and Sue Mangiaracina and Kelly and Tim Woods and birthday greetings to Eric Bradley June 12 is Gus Calderone’s birthday; on June 13 Bernice Matthews, Mary Moravec and David Jargstor.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this. Chop a bun.

Jackie Schulz

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...