Sunday, May 19, 2013
A Lake Forest resident since 1961, Herber was 86.
James Frederick Herber, 86, a Lake Forest banker, veteran of two wars and a 52-year Lake Forest resident, died Tuesday, according to information from Wenban Funeral Home. Starting his career in his father’s Longmont, CO, bank Herber moved to Lake Forest in 1961. He joined the First National Bank of Lake Forest which later became Northern Trust Company. He worked there for more than 30 years. Herber owned a historic cottage in Lake Forest and was proud of it and the flower gardens that surrounded it, according to Wenban. Born October 8, 1926, in Seattle, Herber moved with his family to Longmont in 1939. After serving as an enlisted man in the Army Air Force with the occupation forces in Germany in World War II, he returned home to graduate …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Richard Bentsen, the owner of the Noodle Bar in Lake Bluff, died on May 2. He was 54 years old.
Richard Bentsen, the owner of the Noodle Bar in Lake Bluff, died on May 2. He was 54 years old. Bentsen was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church of Lake Forest. He is survived by his wife, Alexis, and his children, Tyler, Lana and Tate. Visitation will be held Tuesday at Wenban Funeral Home at 320 East Vine Ave. in Lake Forest. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Bentsen Children's Trust, c/o Bank of America, 780 N. Western Ave. in Lake Forest.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Civic minded Lake Forest woman won awards for interior design.
Nora Cooney Marra, 52, of Lake Forest died Tuesday surrounded by her family at her home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to information provided by Wenban Funeral Home. Marra was the owner of her own interior design firm based in Chicago, Nora C Marra Interiors. She designed homes throughout the Chicagoland area and around the country winning a number of awards. Doing interior design from Aspen to Chicago and Florida, Marra was the recipient of a prizes for her work but it was not her nature to discuss her personal accomplishments, according to her brother, John Cooney. "My sister was remarkably modest about her many successes,” Cooney said. “She would prefer to talk about the successes of her friends and family …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Lake Forest resident built Illinois Central Railroad into global Fortune 100 Company.
William B. Johnson of Lake Forest, who in a 33-year career with IC Industries and the Illinois Central Railroad built the company into a global giant, died Tuesday in Lake Forest, according to information provided by Wenban Funeral Home. He was 94. After 19 years in the railroad industry, Johnson was elected president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Central Railroad and its parent, IC Industries, in 1966. For the next 33 years, he oversaw its growth into a Fortune 100 company. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Illinois Central was merged with Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad and ultimately sold to Canadian National in 1999. In his role with IC Industries, he oversaw the acquisition of over 100 companies including Abex, Whitman …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Lake Forest resident “loved music and filled the hearts of everyone she know.”
Wednesday, April 24
The following information was provided by Wenban Funeral Home. Lilly Elizabeth Upchurch, 11, of Lake Forest died peacefully Monday from prolonged illnesses. She was born in Chicago and was currently attending the Kirk School in Palatine. She was an angel on earth whose laugh and love of music filled the hearts of everyone she knew, according to information provided by Wenban Funeral Home. Lilly was the beloved daughter of Paul and Heather Upchurch of Lake Forest; cherished sister of Charlie; adored grand-daughter of Terry and Terryl Butwid of Pittsford, NY, and Therese Upchurch of Bartlett. Lilly was the loved niece of Jennifer Butwid, Maribeth (Marty) Rahe, Peggy (Joe) Foderaro, Patti (Gary) Feracota, Steven Upchurch and Doris. She was …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Long time Lake Forest resident was 83.
Information was provided by Wenban Funeral Home. Richard A. Giesen, 83, a longtime resident of Lake Forest, died at home Friday surrounded by his family. Giesen was a long time business executive in Chicago whose career included leading Field Enterprises and Continental Packaging Solution. He was also a director of GATX, Stone Container and J. Walter Thompson Advertising. He graduated from Northwestern University. The beloved husband of Jeannine (nee) St. Bernard Giesen of Lake Forest, Giesen was also the cherished father of Rick (Lynn) Giesen of Chagrin Falls, OH, Laurie Giesen of California and Mark (Greta) Giesen of Chicago. He was also the adored grand-father of Lindsay, Spencer, Reggie, Soleil and Noah. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Before finding a second career as a teacher, Hull was a corporate financier.
Wednesday, April 17
This information is provided by Wenban Funeral Home. Joseph Daniel Hull, 55, of Lake Forest died suddenly at home Sunday. Joe was born in Omaha to William and Mary Hull. He grew up with three siblings William Erik Byrne, David Hull and Bridget Hull. Joe graduated from Loyola Academy and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and Master of Management degree from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. After school Joe worked in corporate finance at Stone Container Corporation and Abbott Laboratories but what he really loved was working with children. He coached his sons’ teams in AYSO soccer and basketball, eventually sparking his passion enough that he returned to school to…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Film critic reviewed movies for 46 years at Chicago Sun Times.
Thursday, April 4
Roger Ebert, a legendary film critic and part of the Siskel and Ebert television show, died Tuesday at 70, according to CNN. Ebert, who wrote approximately 200 reviews a year since 1967 when he became the critic for the Chicago Sun Times, announced in his blog Tuesday he would be reducing his workload, according to CNN. Take a look at the review Ebert and Siskel, who died in 1999, did on “The Shawshank Redemption” and share your own memories.
After a long battle with cancer, Ebert died Thursday, according to media reports.
Roger Ebert, the popular film critic who could weigh a movie's fate with a thumbs up or thumbs down, has died at age 70, according to media reports. The Chicago Sun-Times, the publication where Ebert reviewed movies for 46 years, reports Ebert died Thursday in Chicago following a long battle with cancer. Referring to Ebert as the nation's most influential and prominent film critic, the Sun-Times writes of Ebert's decades with the newspaper and also about the 31 years he spent reviewing movies on T.V. In a Sun-Times blog post on Tuesday, Ebert wrote he would be taking a "leave of presence" to deal with his health issues. The "painful fracture" that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer," Ebert wrote in …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Lake Forest resident drafted Illinois Pollution Control Act, chaired Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation.
Richard J. “Dick” Kissel, a prominent lawyer, philanthropist and 45-year resident of Lake Forest died Saturday from cancer, according to information from Wenban Funeral Home. He was 76. Moving his family to Lake Forest in 1967 to be closer to Abbot Laboratories where he worked as a lawyer, Kissel developed an expertise in the emerging field of environmental law. He helped draft the Illinois Pollution Control Act and attracted the attention of then Gov. Richard Olgivie. Olgivie appointed him to the first Illinois Pollution Control Board in 1970. By 1973, Kissel entered the private practice of law eventually joining the firm of Gardner, Carton and Douglas in Chicago. He became chairman of its management committee. Kissel was an also adjunct …