“We were starving,” said Benjamin Scheinkopf, whose barber skills helped him survive Auschwitz. “We would eat bark off the tree.”
Della Reese was a “one of a kind” singer, said Ramsey Lewis. “Their first two or three notes, you knew–that’s Ella, that’s Dinah, that’s Della.”
Former Chicago fire investigator Don Rimgale, who helped Robert De Niro prepare for “Backdraft,” died of cancer Monday at his Elmhurst home at 77.
Lawrence M. “Larry” Nitsche came home from the Army and Vietnam to a career first with the Chicago Police Department and then with City Hall.
In her 40s, Janina Chwiedor immigrated to the United States to start a new life. “She was very gutsy,” said daughter Elizabeth Sfondeles.
For 33 years, Leroy Brown was a familiar presence at 233 S. Wacker, known as the Sears Tower when he worked there as a security commander.
Steven Rosley gave up corporate life to sell crystals. Dead at 74, he was a well-known figure in Chicago’s New Age community.
Frank Boehm, dead at 96, survived two World War II battles and, as a Chicago cop, being shot in the line of duty by a robber in the Loop in 1968.
“He was a public relations giant, he really was,” said John McDonough, president and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Julian May, who wrote 19 science-fiction and fantasy novels and more than 250 young-adult nonfiction books, has died at 86.
David Lee Wallace was “one of the best statistical minds of his generation,” said University of Chicago statistics professor Stephen Stigler.
Whether he was a bartender, server or a host, he was a big personality, and honestly, people just liked to be around him,” said friend Daniel Booz.
Roger Adler “was the kid who was coming home and playing his guitar for three or four hours,” daughter Nickie Adler said of the respected musician.
For many who left the South’s cotton fields and farms for factories in Chicago, Leola White’s home was the first stop on the way to a better life.
In the 1960s, Phil Chinn didn’t care that his work for fair housing in DuPage County made him “extremely unpopular,” Bernard Kleina said.