Isabel M. Barry, 98, Former kindergarten teacher

Isabel M. Barry, 98, a resident of Holly Court Terrace, Oak Park, died Oct. 15, 2007, at Oak Park Rush Hospital.

Widow of the late Howard J. Barry, a 37 year veteran of the Chicago Tribune sports and editorial department, Isabel Barry was an early childhood primary teacher. She was born in Chicago.

She was a graduate of Pestalozzi Froebel Teachers College (now National Louis University) and Chicago Teachers College.

In the early 1930s, Barry owned a pre-school in the Kenwood and South Shore communities of Chicago. In the 1960s, she returned to education as a kindergarten teacher at St. Bernardine School in Forest Park, and served as an instructor in Loyola University Chicago’s Head Start program.

Barry was an Oak Park resident for 50 years. She served as president of the Fenwick High School Mothers’ Club in 1956. Earlier in her life she was an active participant in the St. Catherine of Siena Altar and Rosary Society, West End Catholic Women’s Club, Theresians and St. Edmund’s Women’s Club. She was a charter member of the Oak Park French Club and a member of the Friends Book Club.

She is survived by two sons, Richard of Chicago and Lauren of Seattle; a daughter, Barbara of Palatine; one grandson; nine granddaughters and 20 great-grandchildren.

Barry was predeceased by her husband, Howard; her parents, Isabel and James Dean; and a brother, James.

Funeral services were arranged by the Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion Street, Oak Park. Interment is at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago.

Diane Ward, 56, Surviving family in Forest Park

Diane “Mommo” Ward, 56, died on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, following a long battle with ovarian cancer.

Memorial service Nov. 3

Ward is survived by her husband, Frank “Gene” Ward; her daughter, Angie Kutak; her son, Tom Ward; her parents, Thelma Tucker and Marion Tucker; two sisters, Ruth Baltzell and Phyllis Schwabb; three brothers, Ira Froggett, Tracy Tucker and Ron Tucker; five grandchildren, Krystle Kutak, Hillary Kutak, April Kutak, Kyle Kutak and Ethan Ward; and several nephews and nieces.

Burial services were held Oct. 11, 2007, at Lindsey Cemetery in McClure. A memorial service will be held locally at St. Bernardine’s Church on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345.

Esther Hardtke, 87, Former crossing guard

Esther (Glasenapp) Hardtke, 87, has died. She was a longtime Forest Park resident and for 30 years served as a crossing guard and radio dispatcher for the village.

She is survived by her children, Sandra Meyr and Richard Hardtke; five grandchildren, Scott, Susan, Michael, Mark and Ryan; four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Sean, Alexandra and Kaitlin; and one sister, Edna Stafford.

Hardtke was predeceased by her husband, Roy.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, 7319 Madison St., where services will follow. Interment services will be held privately.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home.

Elizabeth ‘Bettye’ Jane Schilling, 81, Former Triton College employee

Elizabeth “Bettye” Jane (Abert) Schilling, 81, has died. Schilling was a Forest Park resident and for 20 years worked as a secretary at Triton College in River Grove.

She is survived by a daughter, Karla Schveiger; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Jane Rogowski, Johnathan Daniel Rogowski and Gabrielle Catherine Schveiger.

Schilling was predeceased by her husband, Richard F. Schilling.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at the First United Church of Christ, 1000 Elgin Ave. A bingo game will follow the services.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, 7319 Madison St.