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Lorraine Faerber, 85, Forest Park resident

Lorraine Faerber died at home on Sept. 1. She was 85.

Until about five years ago, she was active with the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7181 in Forest Park. She served as the post historian, putting together scrapbooks and photo albums with meticulous attention to detail. She was busy every year for VFW Poppy Day.

She grew up in Forest Park, where she attended Grant White School and Proviso East High School, Class of 1941. One of her teachers at Grant White was Miss White, whom the school was named after.

Her family moved to River Forest following high school graduation to a home that her father had built, and she has lived in that same house until her death.

She was a full-time homemaker and an excellent seamstress, making many of her children’s clothing when they were little. When her children were young, she was active in the Washington School PTA as well as with Cub Scouts, Brownies and the Orchestra Mothers.

Whenever there was a potluck dinner, she could be counted on for a pineapple upside-down cake or an elaborate Jell-O mold. Even after her children were grown and she became a grandmother, she remained active in the lives of her two granddaughters.

She was the daughter of the late Peter and Emma (Dannenberg) Melgaard. She was the widow of Robert H. Faerber, her husband of 66 years, who died July 11 this year.

She is survived by sons Bob (Alice) and Scott, daughter Sharon, granddaughters Donna (Dennis) Stuhler and Karen, and best friends, Hazel Snover and Lorraine Mosevich, who have been more like sisters than friends.

Cremation was handled by Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral home. A gravesite memorial service was held at Forest Home Cemetery for family and close friends. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.