There are no words to express the sorrow of Forest Park on the death of Bridget Dowdle. Her family has our deepest sympathy for all the tragedy they have endured in such a short time. Words are meaningless — well meaning, but meaningless. All that can be said is we are sorry, so very sorry. The Woods-Dowdle family are part of our lives and hearts. We have lost part of our hearts. Bridget is shown here with her family. 

As you can read elsewhere in this paper, the wake for Bridget is at Woodlawn, this Friday, March 13, funeral Mass on March 14 at Saint John of the Cross in Western Springs, 5005 Wolf Road. She’ll be buried at Queen of Heaven in Hillside.

 Belated happy birthday wishes to Mary Beth Hemstreet Kovauc.

Some good news … Jack Becker has graduated from hospice. His caretaker, Noel Torres, has been doing such a great job of caring for Jack that he is getting better. 

Irene Kaldis is inviting everyone to an open house at her “Always in Style” beauty shop at 7516 ½ Madison St. The dates are March 26, 27 and 28. Come on in and enjoy some delicious Greek cookies. Irene is at her happiest when she’s feeding her friends Greek goodies. Her friends are even happier eating them. 

So much disturbing news this week: I lost some good news but maybe the woman who phoned it in to me can call again. Her husband bowled two 300 games! And I lost the name. Please call back. We seldom get such great news and I hate to lose that one.

On March 22 at 4 p.m., the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest will present Images of Spain with music of Chabrier (“Espana”) and Falla’s “Three Cornered Hat,” featuring Deborah Williams, soprano. The concert will be at Dominican University and is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the Oak Park Area Arts Council, WDCB and the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation. 

Happy birthday to Loretta Jantz, Seth Stern, Margie Neff, Paul Gustafson, Ava Lin Scollard, Connor Grimes, Davion Barr, Terry Meffley, Henry Thom, Geri Leninger, Sharon Beazley, Ted Fox, Tom Pingel, Lynn Warwick, Bob Fox, Vendria Stevens, Jessica Conrad, and Victoria DiJulio Hopstetter. Happy anniversary to Fritz and Suzanne Kloess and Jodi and Peter Giannakopolis

Zeno Jacquat sends his love to everyone, especially his library friends. He is at Meadowbrook Manor in LaGrange. All his family was with him for Christmas; he attended Mass at St. Edmund and stopped for breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. He loves getting mail and hearing from old friends. He’s at Meadowbrook Manor, 339 9th Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525. He loves you. 

  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...