Obituaries

Memorializing notable Chicagoans and people from around the world who have recently died.

‘You cannot remember the film without first remembering the poster,’ artist Dawn Baille says of the depiction of Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in the Martin Scorsese film.
“He was very meticulous in his craft,” says former Sun-Times photographer Bob Black. “I used to ask him, ‘How’d you do that?’ He was a master.”
A person close to the band said Fletcher died Thursday from natural causes at his home in the United Kingdom.
The actor died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic where he had been filming “Dangerous Waters.”
Mr. Wiley started as a copy clerk in 1952, working from midnight to 8 a.m., and attending classes at Northwestern University during the day.
Ms. Osborne earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. She was a founding member of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
He was a past winner of the BBWAA Career Excellence Award, formerly the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He was the first winner of the prize who was not a member of the organization that votes for it, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The signature piece from his Academy Award-winning score is one of the hardest-to-forget movie tunes worldwide — and has also served as the musical background to endless slow-motion parodies.
Ward memorably played Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom in 1983’s space epic “The Right Stuff” but also tackled giant monster worms side by side with Kevin Bacon in the 1990 cult horror comedy “Tremors.”
Among those whose careers she helped boost were the Jackson 5, The Temptations, The Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Will Smith, LL Cool J, En Vogue and Da Brat.
Investigators say they want to know why a truck did not move off the tracks, and how Christina Lopez was thrown through the train’s window, a rare occurrence
NFL
Cappelletti was a former AFL Most Valuable Player and scored the first points in the league’s history.
Known as a problem solver, his longtime clients include the Merchandise Mart and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
NBA
Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds for his career. He is third on the Pistons’ career list in points and rebounds.
Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre. He had been performing as recently as last month, but was in failing health over the past week.
Hagerty’s face and blue-collar Chicago accent were immediately recognizable.
Because she evaded execution at Auschwitz, officially she didn’t exist. So she hid out, sometimes in latrines or the camp kitchen, where she peeled vegetables and smuggled an occasional carrot to her older sister.
She pushed to diversify the business, Mario Tricoci Salon & Spa, recognizing early on that spa services would become as important as a haircut or blow dry.
Galella amassed millions of images in a career that began in the 1960s, earning sobriquets like the “paparazzo extraordinaire” for his up-close, candid shots of the rich and famous.
Some 200 people gathered at Christ Universal Temple Tuesday to honor Merri Dee, beloved broadcast pioneer and philanthropist, who died March 16 at 85.
But he never gave up art, even while working for the post office. His sister Nichelle Nichols, famed as Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ called him ‘one of the finest artists’ she ever saw.
Woolfolk, who grew up in Denver, was a member of Earth, Wind & Fire from 1973 to 1985, and again from 1987 to 1993.
Chester Wilk, who was 91, died Thursday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
NHL
One of the greatest players of his generation, Lafleur had 518 goals and 728 assists in 14 seasons with the Canadiens.
She got the idea for her plaster casts from her art teacher at the University of Illinois Chicago and made them using Jeltrate dental mold, plaster and water.