Joseph Scolaro, 73, Former village employee

Joseph Scolaro, formally a longtime village resident and employee of the Forest Park Water Department, died Oct. 2, 2009. He was born Dec. 19, 1935, and lived in Las Vegas, Nev., at the time of his death.

While living in Forest Park, Scolaro also worked for many years at the Forest Park National Bank. He was an active member of St. Bernardine’s Church.

Scolaro is survived by his wife, Marlene (Smid) Scolaro; daughters, Debra Rhodes of Florida, Cathleen Scolaro of Las Vegas, Barbara Scolaro-Kolar of Bolingbrook and JoAnn Phillips of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Mandy Jo Valenza, Mary Kolar, Sean Kolar, Brandi Phillips, Alexis Phillips, Makayla Phillips and Edward Abraca; a great-granddaughter, Francesca, and a great-grandson expected in December.

He is also survived by his brother, Gus Scolaro of Forest Park; and his sisters, Mary Jane Levin of Aurora, and Antoinette Scolaro of Countryside; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Bernardine’s Church in Forest Park at 5 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2010.

James G. Gallagher, 91, Ireland native

James G. Gallagher, 91, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 15, 2009. Gallagher was born in Glenaniff, County Leitrim, Ireland.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (McLaughlin; a brother, Patrick Gallagher of Mullingar, Ireland; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation and funeral mass were held at St. Bernardine’s Catholic Church in Forest Park, under the direction of Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, 7319 Madison.