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
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
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.