OBITUARIES

Gregory J. Baron

Gregory J. Baron, 68, formerly of Dundee, passed away at home on March 28, 2018. He was born on September 29, 1949 in Evanston, the son of Walter and Wanda. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Ellen, brother David and Geoff, sons Scott (wife Terri and sons Christopher and George) and son Mark (wife Dena).

Greg took great pride in his life’s work in owning and operating a plastics manufacturer in Dundee, and later Cary.  Greg retired in 2005 and split his time living in California and Chicago. Early retirement allowed Greg to do his favorite things- ride motorcycles across the country (he took particular pride in his 1947 Indian Chief), travel the world with his wife, and spend time with his family. He possessed natural talents rare in people these days, with the ability to fix anything.  Mostly he will be remembered for having a heart of gold.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, one of his favorite charities due to having survived a rare childhood illness. Alternatively, donations can also be made to the Chicago-based Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Jessie Flinchum

Jessie is number 10 of 11 children born to Charles and Jessie Miller on November 15,1928. She has one biological son and many nieces and nephews. She is a Grandmother of 4 and Great Grandmother also. She was a wonderful companion to LeRoy Flinchum and had a long enduring relationship with her niece Rosemargaret and Jessies baby sister Ruth Brumwell. Jessie loved her family dearly.
As a lifelong friend since 1965, Betty Tharp loved and cared for Jessie. They laughed, worked, and went everywhere together and, oh yes ….. played cards endlessly.
Jessie worked at DeMars Resturant for 30 years, Robertson Transformer, and Miller Potato Factory to name a few.
Jessie transitioned peacefully at home, with friends, by her side on March 19, 2018. Her visitation will be at 12:30 and Service at 1:00pm, at CLC Church at 2552 135th St. in Blue Island IL. on Thursday, March 29,2018.

Claire Shroba Morris

Claire Shroba Morris, 23, of Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday February 13, 2018.

Claire was born April 27, 1997, the cherished daughter of Jane Shroba and David S. Morris, beloved sister of Talia. Survived by her uncle Alan Morris (Denise); aunt Melinda Varkel (Benny), cousins Eric Morris (Alyssa Schwartz), Andrew Morris (Madelyn), Lizzie Varkel, and her very special Auntie Kay and Uncle Jerry. Preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Harold and Rebecca Morris, and her beloved maternal grandmother Gertrude “GaGa” Shroba. Claire always had a beautiful smile, and brought joy to all those around her. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge Ave. Chicago, IL, in the Lois Gates Courtyard Inn. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Claire’s name may be made to Misericordia.

Margaret ‘Meg’ Lauer

Margaret ‘Meg’ Lauer, age not enough, died on January 24th, 2018 after a long illness. Margaret was born to Bill and Harriet Kelly, the youngest of five. Peggy grew up in Michigan City, IN at Duneland Beach’s Stop 35 on her beloved Lake Michigan. She moved to Chicago to attend Loyola, where she changed her name to Meg, met the very best of people, and where her grandfather helped introduced her to the love of her life, Mark Lauer, whom she married in 1982. Meg and Mark had an incredible life together full of love and adventure-moving all over the country, raising their two daughters Erin and Maureen in Chicago, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Omaha and Dobbs Ferry, NY before moving home to Chicago. She was blessed to make life-long friends in each place.

Meg was non stop. In her 59 years, she earned a BA and MBA from Loyola Chicago, worked in the insurance sector, and made the world a better place, volunteering with organizations like the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, the Hudson River Museum, After School Matters, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Dobbs Ferry PTSA, in addition to being elected twice to the Dobbs Ferry Board of Education. She worked as an election inspector in New York, and did we mention she was on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

Even with all of that, her greatest joy was being a mom. She raised two amazing daughters, Erin and Maureen, that she bragged about to everyone. Meg raised them to share in her passions: volunteering, Chicago Cubs baseball, reading by the pool, traveling the world, improving the education system, and when they were old enough, great drinks. Erin and Maureen couldn’t have asked for a better mom.

Those that had the joy to know her miss her dearly. She is survived by her beloved family: Mark, Erin, and Maureen (Tom Chase). In addition, her brother Bill Kelly (Mary Gross) and sisters Kathy Kelly and Ilene Kelly (Randy Wendt) survive her; she was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Mary. She is also remembered fondly by her many brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews and friends the world over.

Help us to commemorate Meg’s life by giving to two causes close to her heart: the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, http://rizzo44.com/donate/,  and the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry at South Presbyterian Church, https://dobbsferrypantry.org/donations/ .

Visitation held Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 West Adams, Chicago, IL 60661.  Memorial Mass Thursday, February 1st at 10:00 a.m. A Memorial Service & Reception will also follow in Dobbs Ferry, New York in February.

Betty Jane Engler

Services private.

Gail L. Vandover

Services will be announced.

Lillian Johnson

Services private.

Kevin Neal Nelson

Services pending.