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Date: Monday, 24 September 2012, at 5:57 p.m.

Thomas B. Kelly

Thomas B. Kelly, 76, a resident of Winnetka, died May 28 in at Evanston Hospital.

Mr. Kelly was born Oct. 22, 1927 in Chicago. He was a 40-year resident of Winnetka and worked as a manufacturer's representative for James A. Cavanagh and Associates of Oak Park. They sold toys to distributors. The company specialized in Tonka Toys and Trucks. Mr. Kelly worked for the company for 35 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Winnetka and also served in the Army and National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" L. (nee Klauke) Kelly of Winnetka; three daughters, Mary Beth (Mark) Fragassi of Deerfield, Peg (Jim) Grace of Rhode Island and Theresa Kelly of Winnetka; two sons, Brian (Wendy) Kelly of St. Charles and Daniel (Lyra) Kelly of California; 11 grandchildren; and one sister, Frances Molter.

He is predeceased by his brother, James V. Kelly.

A memorial Mass was held on Tuesday, June 1 at Sacred Heart Church in Winnetka.

Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Northbrook.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1440 W. Washington Blvd. , Chicago IL 60607.

Richard S. H. Mah

Professor Richard S. H. Mah, 69, of Glenview, a scholar and educator, died Sunday, May 30, at home.

Professor Mah obtained a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering with first class honors from the University of Birmingham, England. He continued his education at the University of London Imperial College of Science and Technology, where he earned a doctor of Imperial College degree and doctor of philosophy degree in chemical engineering.

He completed a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

His last formal scholarly accomplishment was earning a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of London Imperial College of Science and Technology in 1993.

From 1972 to 1995, the professor dedicated his life to chemical engineering education and research as a professor at the Robert McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University.

He was a founding member of the Computing and Systems Technology division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and chairman of numerous associated committees and boards. He served in many leadership roles as chairman of committees, and ultimately as president of Computer Aided Chemical Engineering Education in 1986.

Among his many professional accolades were: American Institute of Chemical Engineers Division awards; the Ernest Thiele Award; being named a fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and winning the Jack Youden Prize of the American Society of Quality Control.

He was listed in "American Men and Women of Science," "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World. " As an accomplished researcher, his findings and advances in chemical engineering were published in numerous professional journals. An author of a number of texts, his last was entitled "Chemical Process Structures and Information Flows. " It was published in 1993.

After many years of persistent effort, he was able to bring his parents from China to the United States for a joyous reunion after 25 years of separation.

Survivors include his wife, Stella; his son, Christopher (Jennifer); and two granddaughters, Alison and Lauren.

Visitation was held Wednesday, June 2. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a. m. today at N. H. Scott & Hebblethwaite Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Road in Glenview. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Midwest Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, 2050 Pfingsten Road, Suite 127, Glenview IL 60025.

Joan Rangecroft Oldberg

Joan Rangecroft Oldberg, 93, a former resident of Winnetka and Northfield, died May 11 in her home in Estes Park, Colo.

Mrs. Oldberg was born April 4, 1911 in Birmingham, England to Benjamin and Jane Rangecroft. She graduated from Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Va. , from Penn Hall Junior College in Pennsylvania, and then attended Northwestern University. She married Dick Oldberg in 1947 and they lived many years on the North Shore. They were members of the Michigan Shores Club, Chicago Curling Club and the John Evans Club, and Mrs. Oldberg was on the board of Hadley School for the Blind.

The Oldbergs spend summers in Estes Park beginning in 1965, in Braeside, the Oldberg family home built in 1918. They retired permanently to Estes Park in 1978.

Survivors include three daughters, Jody Avery of Memphis, Tenn. , Janie Page of Libertyville and Patty Gillette of Estes Park, Colo. ; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her niece, Marilyn McBride; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her sister.

A private family memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 26 in the Rose Garden at St. James the Less in Northfield. Mrs. Oldberg's granddaughter, the Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark, will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hadley School for the Blind, 700 Elm St. , Winnetka IL 60093; or to St. James the Less, 550 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield IL 60093.

William Charles Pike

William Charles Pike, 78, a resident of Wilmette, died May 31 in Evanston Hospital.

Mr. Pike was born Sept. 25, 1925. He attended Northwestern University and was an Army veteran of World War II. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He worked as an electrical contractor. He was an avid Northwestern University fan and a world traveler.

Survivors include his companion, Ann Siciliano; his cousins, Jane (Deward) Johnson, Donald (Julia) Geist, Robert Geist, Fran (the late C. William) Schmidt, Margaret (Henry) Heighes; his second cousins, Kevin Johnson, Steven Johnson, Patricia (Orhan) Uner, Linda (Paul) Nelson, Marlene Schmidt, Joanna (Henry) Wassink, Janice Capel, Lori Ann (Ryan) Whiting, Louis (Christine) Humbert, Robin Humbert and Harvey (Becky) Godfrey.

He is predeceased by his parents, William Pike and Rose Marie (nee Geist) Pike; his cousins, Doris (the late Louis) Humbert and Harvey (Sally) Godfrey.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a. m. on Friday, June 4 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 524 9th St. , Wilmette.

Interment will be at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville.

Memorial donations may be made to Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe IL 60022.

Dorothy E. Symons

Dorothy Elizabeth Grady (nee Moldaner) Symons, 83, died May 17 in Madison, Wis.

Mrs. Symons was born June 22, 1920 in Highland Park to Antonia and Ernest Moldaner. She taught fifth grade for District 28 in Northbrook for almost 20 years. She and her husband, Dan, retired to Richland County, Wis. in 1976, where they purchased 43 acres and improved the land as a wildlife habitat. They received many awards from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for their work.

She later married John Symons, of Richland County and the owner of Indian Hollow Farms. Mrs. Symons served on various boards and commissions throughout her tenure in Richland County. She was an active birder, bowler and bridge player.

Survivors include her husband, John G. ; two sisters, Eleanor Lund of Janesville, Wis. and Margaret (Gervase) Brown of Wheeling; her daughter, Patricia (Jerry) Frank of Evanston; two grandchildren, Beth Palmquist (Raymond) Silverstein and Theodore Frank; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Symons was preceded in death by her former husband, Daniel W. Grady II; and her sons, Daniel W. Grady III and Laurence Patrick Grady.

A memorial service was held May 22 in Wisconsin.

Richard J. Beglen

Richard J. "Dick" Beglen, 73, formerly of Wilmette, Evanston and Winnetka, died on Aug. 18 in Richardson, Texas.

Mr. Beglen was born July 1, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Harry F. and Kathryn Beglen. He grew up in Kenilworth and graduated from New Trier High School and Colgate University. He had a lifelong career with Reynolds Aluminum, where he was a regional sales manager. He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Barrington.

Survivors include his sister, Jane Beglen Mann of Dallas, Texas; his brother, Jack Beglen of Sonoma, Calif. ; his nieces and nephews, Jack and Polly Crocker, of Evanston, Patsy Crocker of Chicago, Kay and Jim Herndon of Dallas, Texas, Gerald and Linda Mann of Dallas, Texas, and Barbara and John Valle of Atlanta, Ga. ; and nine grandnieces, grandnephews.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Chicago.

Memorials to the Alzheimer's Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, P. O. Box 910888, Dallas TX 75390-0888.

Phyllis G. Blodgett

Phyllis G. (nee DeLand) Blodgett, 79, a resident of Northfield died Aug. 23 at the Hospice of the North Shore in Skokie.

Mrs. Blodgett graduated went on to become an English teacher and student adviser at New Trier High School for 22 years, retiring in 1985. She taught at both New Trier East and West. Mrs. Blodgett had several stories published in Readers Digest and other publications. After retiring from New Trier she taught English as a Second Language at Oakton Community College and she also volunteered her time as a teacher's aide at St. Gregory's School in Chicago.

She was active in her church, The Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, where she was involved with the altar guild and taught Sunday school. When her children were younger she served as Brownie and Girl Scout leader as well as a den mother for her son's Cub Scout troop.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles; her three daughters, Marilee (Brian) Backstrand of Bristol, Wis. , Elizabeth (Jonathan Don) Blodgett of Northfield, and Nancy (Rick) Klein of Palatine; her son, Paul Blodgett of Poulsbo, Wash. ; her nine grandchildren, Brenna, Sean, Jennifer, Jessica, Ariel, Rebecca, Benjamin, Alex and Andy; one great-grandchild, Samuel; and her sister Ruth (Howard) Loos of Clearwater, Fla.

Memorial Service will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 222 Kenilworth Ave. , Kenilworth.

Memorials to Church of the Holy Comforter, 222 Kenilworth Ave. , Kenilworth IL 60043 or Canterbury Northwestern (The Episcopal Campus Ministry), 2010 Orrington Ave. , Evanston IL 60201-2912.

Albert C. Buehler Jr.

Albert Carl Buehler Jr. , 81, of Northbrook, and Naples, Fla. , died Aug. 16.

He was a philanthropist who made major gifts to a wide range of charitable organizations in support of health care and to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities. He and his wife, Patricia, provided leadership and support for numerous charities in the Chicago and Naples areas.

He was especially proud of the Buehler enabling garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, where raised beds, hanging baskets and vertical wall gardens make flowering plants accessible to persons of all abilities.

Another special interest was the Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern University's medical school, which improves the skills of all physicians to care for older persons and sponsors multiple research and educational programs.

Other major grants were made to Children's Memorial Medical Center for innovative computerized monitoring systems for its surgical recovery rooms, to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for its cardiovascular floor and for its magnetic resonance imaging facility.

Grants were also made to the Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo for hospital facilities for animals and mammals, the Field Museum of Natural History to remodel entrances for handicapped visitors and school children, and to Northwestern University for two professorships in its Kellogg School, one on health-care management and the other on economic aspects of aging.

Other major gifts established and endowed a sports medicine facility at Northwestern University.

Mr. Buehler served for many years as a director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, of the Chicago Botanic Garden, of the Hadley School for the Blind and of the David Lawrence Foundation in Naples. He and his wife served as co-chairmen of the Buehler Center on Aging.

He also served as president of the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook and the Lincoln-Belmont YMCA in Chicago, and was chairman of the Northbrook Caucus in the 1960s.

After graduation from Dartmouth College and naval service as a lieutenant in World War II, he served in various executive positions at Victor Comptometer Corporation, a family business from which he retired as chairman in 1977.

He belonged to Skokie Country Club in Glencoe and the Hole in the Wall Golf Club, Port Royal Club and Yacht Club in Naples. His world travels included a recent safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park and Botswana for all 14 member of his immediate family.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by his sons, A. C. III (Nancy) and John H. (Katherine); and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Buehler was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen B. Creigh.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday at Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Ave. in Kenilworth. For information, call the church at (847) 251-4272. A reception at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe will follow. (Enter off of Lake-Cook Road, east of Edens Expressway. )

Memorials to the Chicago Botanic Garden for the Buehler Enabling Garden Endowment, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe 60022, or to Northwestern University's Buehler Center on Aging, attention: Sarah R. Pearson, 2020 Ridge Ave. , Evanston IL 60208.

Donald H. Larmee

Donald H. Larmee of Arlington Heights, formerly of Winnetka, died on Friday, Aug. 20, at Brighton Gardens, after a long illness.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was an alumnus of the University of Michigan and Michigan Law School. He served as president of the Tax Executives Institute. He traveled extensively, and after retirement he volunteered at Holy Family Hospital in the Executive Service Corps, and as a St. James pastoral minister. He also completed the four-year University of Chicago Basic Program, and for 20 years attended the annual Dartmouth Alumni College.

He is survived by his second wife, Jeanne Deevy; five children Donald (Kathee) Larmee, Jr. , Elizabeth Forbrich, Kevin (Susan) Larmee, Eileen (Mark) Chamberlin, and Jay (Marcia) Larmee; six step-children, William (Jennifer) Deevy, Jonathan Deevy, Christopher Deevy, Brian (Caryn) Deevy, Martha Deevy, and Robert (Kristen) Deevy; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and one sister, Florence White.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Eileen Feeley; his daughter, Kathleen; and one sister, Virginia.

A memorial Mass was held Tuesday, Aug. 24 at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.

Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Northbrook.

Funeral information (847) 253-0168.

Richard Lawrence

Richard Lawrence, 81, formerly of Wilmette, died Aug. 18 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Mr. Lawrence was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Evanston.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Lawrence of Cedar Falls, Iowa; three daughters, Chris (Randy) Graf of Wilmette, Heather (Scott) Lawrence-Richards of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Sharon (John) Lawrence-Lee of Lakewood, Colo. ; five grandchildren, Hayley Graf, Alex, Nate and Tim Lawrence-Richards and Stephanie Lawrence-Lee; and one sister, Catherine Detweiler of Gainesville, Fla.

Ellen Selfridge McKeown

Ellen Selfridge McKeown, 76, formerly of Winnetka, died Aug. 4 at Santa Monica Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

Mrs. McKeown was born in Winnetka in 1927, the daughter of Calvin and Violet Selfridge. The Selfridge family was active in the village, the Indian Hill Club, and the Winnetka Congregational Church where Mrs. McKeown enjoyed singing in the church choir.

She attended North Shore Country Day School and graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio where she majored in interior design and minored in music. After returning to Winnetka she then moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. where she met up with John "Jack" McKeown, a friend from Winnetka. They married in June 1955 at Winnetka Congregational Church and then headed back to Scottsdale to buy a home. The McKeowns moved several times before settling down in Malibu, Calif. in 1959, just after having their first son.

Mrs. McKeown enjoyed the rural living in Malibu where she raised two sons and supported both of their involvement in music through their school years. After her sons finished school, she traveled by train each spring to Winnetka to spend a month visiting her mother, Vi. Selfridge.

Survivors include two sons, Todd C. McKeown of Malibu, Calif. and Scott "Lad" McKeown of Moorpark, Calif. ; and five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p. m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St. , Winnetka.

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