Sympathy to our co-worker at the Review, Bob Uphues, whose father died this past weekend. Bob’s father, also Bob Uphues, worked every day until last year. He raised a wonderful son.
Sympathy also to former Review editor and co-worker Brett McNeil, whose mother and aunt, Brenda and Priscilla have recently died. A memorial in their honor will take place at Cheney Mansion on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m.
I’ve gone to a lot of funerals lately.
The Forest Park Historical Society meeting last week was a big hit. Several former Forest Parkers were there, including two Marouseks; the Rosa family; Pat Julian, now with WIND Radio, whose daughter, Paula Peterson (remember, the actress, show biz enthusiast who did everything when she was in a show, including bringing home the costumes, washing and drying them without question), and the famous Ross family, shown here: Tammy, Kaylee and Mark. Faithful Mark raised and lowered the library flag every day for years. Kaylee is beginning college in a few weeks at a small college out of state. Mark’s father, Wonnie Ross, was a well-known Forest Park policeman years ago. Like Mark, he was a gentle, helpful soul, a great asset to our community. Everybody loved Wonnie Ross.
After the tour of the old church, refreshments were served, compliments of Brown Cow, Kay’s Bakery and La Maison de Bon Bon. Historical Society board members spoke on various village topics, displaying and explaining many photos of old Forest Park: John Rice, Augie Aleksy, Jill Wagner, Jean Lotus, Jerry Lordan, Diane Grah, Elizabeth Carpenter, Brian Kuhr, and Pastor Dean Kucera.
Belated happy birthday to Angie Martinski. Her dog, Cosmo, threatened to bite me if I didn’t get that in. Sorry, Cosmo.
Happy birthday this week to Hope Simon, Brent Marler, Debbie Wall, Heather Byrnes, Jim Payette, Cecilia Rossi, Dan Venske, Lena Giuliani, Karen Stuart, Kelly Rice Molnar, Debbie Espinoza, Kelly Crawford, Ethel Draper, Ed Martinski, Marie Gianelli, Dyonne Scheiwe, Cali Carlson, Evelyn Osborn, Barack Obama, Sandy Boy, Briana Balsavich, and Andree Gaines.
Happy anniversary to Janet and Gary Fink.
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.