I write obituary stories for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Elizabeth Brackett’s funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth.
An immigrant from the small town of Valanidi in southernmost Italy, it took him two weeks by boat to get to America in 1953.
Gamaliel Ramirez’s formal education ended in grade school, but he taught himself to paint and left his mark on Chicago with his murals and paintings.
Jazz pianist and composer Ghalib Ghallab, a favorite at Chicago clubs and in Las Vegas, died Tuesday of cancer, his wife said. He was 67.
Peggy Roche Boyle was a heel-clicking, tapping, leaping link to the line of teachers who kept Irish dance steps alive.
Swimming for DuSable High School in 1950, Ed Kirk is believed to be the first African-American statewide swim champ in Illinois. He has died at 87.
“She was ahead of her time in many ways,” said Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt, chaplain for Loyola University’s men’s basketball team.
Bernard Carey, who was propelled into the Cook County state’s attorney’s office because of outrage over the killings of two Black Panthers, has died.
Barbara Steiner, who survived Nazi camps and helped build the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, died Wednesday at 92.
Donna Alexander, Cook County Animal and Rabies Control boss, dies at 61. As a teen, she was among first African-American “Breck Girls” in shampoo ads.
Public relations expert Desiree Tate “was a significant civic leader,” said Leon D. Finney Jr., head of the Woodlawn Community Development Corp.
Chicago attorney Lewis Myers Jr. “was a pioneering figure and a champion of civil and human rights,” said U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois.
“We got hit with a suicide plane. It bounced off the bridge, blew me off to the deck below,” World War II sailor Vic Kubelsky recalled years later.
When Anita Doty ladled out gumbo, “You would have people come in, and they would have $20 in their hands, waving it, ‘Can I get a bowl?’ ’’
Former Ald. Marion Volini represented the 48th Ward on the Chicago City Council and also served on the McCormick Place board.