It was a bittersweet day for the all of us, members and non-members of Saint Peter’s Church alike. A much beloved part of Forest Park is gone. Unfortunately, so are many of the former members. Recall Grace Scheil, trip, tripping along the street in her high heels usually carrying a dish to be shared with the members. Nancy Bower left us too soon. Loretta Woeltje, faithfully carrying out her duties with her dear little dog, Lady, standing by her side on Monday mornings, waiting for a ride back home. Many memories. May Bill’s entire life has been intrinsically tied to Saint Peter’s and by a tragic misunderstanding, she was unable to make the dinner at Jimmy’s Place for a final good bye. Shirley Dring came in for the event, all the Beckers, Mr. and Mrs. Jim, Nancy, Michelle and Clay Baum, all except Lisa who had spent most of the night at the hospital with her father. Waneta Ross now goes to Good Shepherd in Oak Park and her friend, Jeredine Wiley will most likely be joining her there. Judy Jilek planned the event; she is shown her with Pastor Audrey Catalano.

Pastor Audrey spoke briefly about her future plans. She will probably be moving to Rochester, Minnesota and will be “filling in” for pastors in just about every Christian church there is with the exception of Roman Catholic and Missouri Synod Lutheran. Too bad Pope Francis wasn’t elected about 100 years ago or Audrey’d probably be eligible for them, too.

The newest face at Schauer’s is Gary Maher who worked in constructional his life. He comes to us from Chicago and we hope he stays a long time.

The holiday season is upon us, ready or not. Oak Park Concert Chorale usually starts things off with an early November concert. This year is no exception with Sunday, Nov. 24 starting things off. The Saint John Choristers will join the OPCC, performing ancient and modern works some by local composers Karl Schalk, Paul Bouman and Philip Gehring, among others. Concerts begin at 4 p.m .

Remember the much anticipated Boar’s HeadFestival will be back this year. Mark Dec. 14 and 15 on your calendar, as usual 4 p.m. For more information call 366.3226. And always remember who started the whole thing: Mark Waldron!

This week you can sing happy birthday to: Noreen Carr, Jesse Sosa, Elizabeth Schiffman, Mark Ross, Michael Rudolf, Angeline Cote, Gary Stetler, Anhil D’Sousa, Frank Anselmo, Hannah Connelly, John Paul Schmidt, Connie Caruso, Samantha Zaverdas, Dick Byars, Josie Becker, Kay Duff, Drew Christopher Frank, Charlotte Lavnick, Chloe Hillis, Annette Stetler, Rich Bisluk, Cory Fink, Marjorie Beyer, Ryan Neff, Tony Iannantuoni , Helen Dvorak, Pat Uphues and Mary Sullivan. Happy anniversary to Mary and Pete Brown, Austin and Terry D’Sousa, Brent and Yvonne Marler, Kathleen and Michael Redmond.

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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.

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...