Thursday, May 23, 2013
Lake Forest resident raised his family in Deerfield.
This memory of Ronald Eich was written by his wife in a way a true lover of the baseball, as he was, might want to be remembered leaving this world. Patch left it unchanged. Ronald Burklund Eich, 65, of Lake Forest., leading off and batting for both power and high on-base-percentage, Pancreatic cancer won again, with an inside-the-park home run against Ron Eich, who pitched a perfect game all the way through the bottom of the eighth last week in Lake Forest. Ron passed away May 13, 2013 due to metastatic pancreatic cancer. Ron knew that beating pancreatic cancer a second time was not a game of sitting on a lead, running plays into the line to kill the clock. He was playing major league baseball, and survival meant approaching the mound …
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 …
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…
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 …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Long time Lake Forest resident taught tennis at Onwentsia and Shoreacres.
Frank Parks, 99, died Monday at his Lake Forest home surrounded by family and caregivers. Born in Waukegan, Parks lived in Lake Forest for years with his late wife, Mona Benner Parks, where he combined his talents and passions for teaching, sports and art into a rich life touching many in the community, according to information from Wenban Funeral Home. During the spring, summer and fall months, Parks taught tennis at both The Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest and Shoreacres Golf Club in Lake Bluff. In the winter, he instructed people in the sport of squash at Lake Forest’s Winter Club, which referred to him as a “legendary squash pro” in a bulletin less than a year ago. He loved helping people enjoy a good time—whether on the courts or …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Casselberry of Lake Forest, died Jan. 25 at age 85. He was a well-liked business man and the first African American to own property on Sheridan Road in town. His wake is Thursday and funeral is Friday.
A wake will be held Thursday, Jan. 31 for prominent Lake Forest businessman James Arthur Casselberry Sr., who was known as a man of "firsts." Casselberry was the first African-American permitted to own property on Sheridan Road, according to a local historian in a story posted on the Gazebo News. Born in Lake Forest, Casselberry, 85, passed away Jan. 25 after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife, Mary of 60 years, three children and five grandchildren. Casselberry ran his business, Casselberry and Son, Ltd., until he retired in 2006, according to his obituary from the Wenban Funeral Home. "A legend. We will miss him," posted Deborah Saran on the Lake Forest Patch Facebook. "What a terrific member of the Lake Forest community! …