Charles “Bub” Graham, 85

Charles McNeil “Bub” Graham, 85, of Elmhurst.  Beloved husband of Sylvia Ann Fajnor; father of Robert (Debra), Brian (Coleen), Bridget, Colleen (Philip) Russell and Eileen; grandfather of Mary, Jill, Ashley and Matt; brother of Florence and Mel.  Former owner of A to Z Rental in Oakbrook Terrace.  Chuck had a passion for France, Louis L’Amour, old western movies, the Cooking Channel and for growing tomatoes. His biggest joy was spending time with his granddaughter, Mary Charlie. His kindness, generosity, and smile will be greatly missed. Memorial visitation will be held at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., on Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 12-5 p.m. Services and Interment Private. Arrangements provided by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Call (630) 834-3515 or visit ahlgrim.com for more information.

Mary Ann Friberg, 87

Mary Ann Friberg nee Anich, 87, of Elmhurst was born on January 8, 1929, at home with a midwife in East St. Louis, Illinois. She was the beloved daughter of the late Steven and Emilie Anich and sister to Steven, Virginia and the late Cheeri. She was married to Bill Friberg for 64 years and has two children, Michael and Michelene and seven grandchildren, Michael, Nathanael, Benjamin, Grace, Lillie, Joel, and Samuel.

Graduating from East St. Louis High School in 1947, Mary Ann was salutatorian (2nd) of the senior class. She was also awarded the Bausch & Lomb honorary science award for the outstanding science student in the senior class and was an Illinois State Scholar. She was a majorette in the band, was an active member of GAA (Girls’ Athletic Association) and the Girl Scouts. She spent her summer high school years as the Waterfront Director at Camp Ouatoga, a Girl Scout camp in Grafton, Ill. She received a scholarship from The Johns Hopkins University for medicine, but declined this award to pursue a career as a physical education teacher.

Mary Ann went on to graduate in 1951 as an honor student with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and minor in Home Economics from Illinois State University. In her junior and senior years, she was president of the modern dance club. She was also a representative in the Miss Bloomington Pageant.

After college, she served as Department Chairman of the Girls’ Physical Education Department at the following schools: Ellis Junior High School, Barrington Community High School, North Chicago Community High School, and East Leyden High School. At the high schools where she taught, she sponsored modern dance clubs, synchronized swimming, tennis and cheerleading.

Later, she received her Master of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in 1968, majoring in Guidance Counseling and Special Education. The final 22 years of her 35 years of teaching was spent at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, where she began the Special Education department. She also taught special education students at College of DuPage. In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Mary Ann served as president of the Illinois Pioneer Council for Exceptional Children and the secretary of the National Council for Exceptional Children.

As a active member of Epiphany Lutheran Church, Mary Ann was a lector, greeter, communion assistant, member of the Lydia Circle and a volunteer for Men in Mission. She served on the Neighbor Advisory committee of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Elmhurst Garden Club, the Elmhurst Bicycle Club and the Red Hats.

Along with her husband Bill, Mary Ann traveled to 11 countries in Europe, two countries in South America, four countries in Central America, seven islands in the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and 46 of the United States, which included touring 39 Capital buildings. Her interests in life focused on family, travel, gardening, church, the Chicago Bears, foreign languages and riding her bicycle.

Mary Ann leaves behind a legacy of selfless service and unconditional love. She will be dearly missed and remembered by all who were blessed to know her.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 314 W. Vallette. Interment private at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Memorials will be appreciated for Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church Lydia Circle. Arrangements provided by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Call (630) 834-3515 or visit ahlgrim.com for more information.

Delphine “Del” Grosser, 85

Delphine “Del” Grosser, of Elmhurst, passed away recently at the age of 85. Beloved wife of the late Robert; mother of Susan (Keith) Groenwald, Jeff (Tricia), Roberta (the late Lenard) Hoppe, Roger (Juliette) and Tim; grandmother of Nicole, Brian, Sara, Linnae, Peter, Maureen, Kimberly, Courteney, Joey, Rachael, Kyle and the late Julie; great grandmother of Gracie, A.J., Cash, Sadie, Ana, Lilly Kate, Lena and Amelia; sister of the late Polly (the late Joe) Grittani.

Del was the owner of the Candy Bar from 1973 to 1983, active in Bethel 47 of Jobs Daughters and a longtime and active member of Epiphany Ev. Lutheran Church, serving as a Stephen Minister and on the Church Council. She was an angel of mercy to many and loved her Elmhurst community. Visitation at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst on Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 3-8 p.m. Memorial Services Friday, January 29 at 11 a.m. at Epiphany Ev. Lutheran Church, 314 W. Vallette, Elmhurst. Interment Friday, January 29 at 9 a.m. at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, meet at the office. In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be appreciated for the Church. Arrangements provided by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Call (630) 834-3515 or visit ahlgrim.com for more information.

 

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