Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries

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GARY J. MAHER, 45 
Gary was born on July 13, 1955 and lived a full life, though too short for all of his friends and family.  Gary died on June 10, 2001 of a heart attack. 
Mr. Maher was on the Oak Park Police and Fire Commission, a position he held since September of 1998.  When  Marion Street was closed to vehicular traffic for several hours, an Oak Park Fire Truck parked quietly outside the  Dreschler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. as presence of respect 
to the man who helped them on the Commission. 
Gary Maher was the Cable Television and Communications Association of Illinois founding President and was instrumental in fighting the telephone companies’ attempt to get into the market.  He had served in Springfield for years with the Bureau of  the Budget in the Illinois governor's office in 1980.  He was there 
for a time and then went on to lobby for public policy concerns before the General Assembly.  He was very well liked and respected by all who knew him.  I had seen Mr. Maher a few times in Village Hall over the years and he always had a pleasant smile.
Gary Maher orchestrated the effort to get Mr. Benjamin Miller elected to our State Supreme Court and then went on to serve on our current Governor George Ryans’ transition team.
The Village Clerk, Sandra Sokol remembers Gary “ as a well respected member of the Fire and Police Commission.”  He will be missed by many who knew him.
Governor George Ryan came into town for the Mass that was that was held at St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park.
Our sympathies go to all who knew him and to his wife Fran Maher, their two boys, Jack and Brendan; his dad, Edward; as well as his two brothers, Brian and Jeff.

Governor George Ryan Arrives for Mass of his friend Gary Maher.
Gary J. Maher, age 45, loving husband of Francesca, nee Marciniak; dear father of Jack and Brendan; dear son of Edward and the late Marie Therese Maher; fond brother of Brian (Dianne) and Jeffrey; cherished uncle of Kyle, Jeffrey and Kelly Maher, Meagan, Catherine and Elizabeth Brown and Stephen, Claire and Michael Puiszis; dear son-in-law of Edward and the late Virginia Marciniak; brother-in-law of Catherine Marciniak, Christina Marciniak (Michael Brown) and Claudia Marciniak (Steven Puiszis). 
Visitation 2 to 9 p.m., Wednesday at Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Prayers Thursday, 9:45 a.m. to St. Giles Church, 1045 N. Columbian Ave., Oak Park. Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Private. Memorial contributions to Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund, 135 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60603 or YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, 801 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610 appreciated. Info: 708-383-3191

Thomas McBride, 26
 Thomas McBride, a bicycle messenger, was killed April 26, 1999, in an act of ‘road rage.’
He was riding to work when the incident occurred.  A 28-year old Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the incident.
 McBride was remembered the following Sunday by over 150 bicycle enthusiasts and messengers who also wanted to call attention to the dangers bicyclists face in traffic.
There are several hundred bicycle messengers in Chicago.  The bicyclists called for peace between riders and drivers and remind people that each of them is one less car in crowded traffic conditions.
 McBride grew up in Oak Park and lived on the West Side.  He is survived by his brother, Robert, who teaches English at Oak Park River Forest High School.

Ann Monaco 57 years young, loved Oak Park, loved Music, loved People. 
ANN  MONACO - Piano: Artistic Director
M.M., Piano Performance, with honors, The New England Conservatory, Boston; B.A.,  with honors, Western College for Women, Ohio.  Professional Accompanist, Carnegie Recital Hall,  New York 1980. Extensive performance and solo recitals; live broadcasts on WFMT-FM.
Ann joined the faculty of the Merit School of Music in 1982 as a piano instructor.  She was not only a brilliant performer but also one of the finest teachers on the faculty.  In 1992 she was appointed Artistic Director at Merit.  Her outstanding dedication and love for Merit was coupled with her skill and grace in dealing with her colleagues and all students at Merit.  She had the unique ability to set high standards and then help students of all levels reach those standards.  Her patience and counseling of Merit students opened so very many doors for them to improve their lives through the study of music.  She set a magnificent example for the students to become not only accomplished musicians but also productive and compassionate members of society.  Her intelligence and insightfulness has been instrumental in the remarkable growth and success of  Merit over the past twenty years.  Ann was a person of great integrity who was universally  respected and adored by Merit's students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the  
Board of Trustees.
All of the children and students that knew her benefited from that experience.  Students that came to her from gangs in the city would learn and go onto to Yale, and Indiana University. Working with kids that many have turned their backs on and helping them to feel good about themselves and their lives is priceless and this wonderful woman helped many to do what many only talk about.
Mrs. Monaco was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 26, 1945. She was the beloved wife of the late composer, Richard A. Monaco and is survived by her stepchildren, Peter, Gina and Tony Monaco; her siblings, Mary Ellen Rittle, Chad Rittle, Bob Rittle, Jacqueline Rittle Jones, Jonathan Rittle, and Karen Rittle Leigh, one granddaughter, 11 nieces and nephews and two grandnieces. Visitation will be held on Tuesday (5 p.m. - 9 p.m.) and Wednesday (3 p.m. - 9 p.m.) at Dreshler Brown Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park.

July 5, 2002 
Emerson Teacher Jeff Moore Dies Unexpectedly
Jeff Moore was a wood sculptor and artist. He brought this sensitivity, appreciation for life and good humor to the classroom, especially to children who might not have had many other successes in their school day.  
Moore’s quiet presence will be missed by students and staff alike.
The photo above [photo not included] shows Jeff Moore in the center, dressed in black showing a musical instrument that he and his students made with the world famous Bill Close (on the left).  Mr. Moore was loved by the children and staff and will be missed by all the lives that he touched.
Jeff Moore is seen with Dan Gora, another Oak Park teacher as they share a tale or two and help raise money for the Oak Park Arts during a fundraiser at Garfield Park Conservatory. Moore suffered cardiac arrest while working in the school on Friday, July 5th. He did not have any history of ill health and exercised regularly.  He usually rode his bike to school from his home in Berwyn.
Moore’s funeral and burial were private. He is survived by his wife, Denise Seibert, who works at Julian Middle School in Oak Park.  A memorial service is being planned for when school resumes in the fall.


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