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OBITUARIES:  (published May 16, 2019)

Ruth Teninga Anderson
Ruth Teninga Anderson, 100, passed away April 20, 2019 at King Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge.
   Ruth was born in 1918 in the Roseland area of Chicago. She attended the University of Chicago Lab School, Fenger High School and then Wells College in Aurora, NY. Ruth received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston in 1940.
   After graduation Ruth worked at Montgomery Ward as a copy writer for the mail order catalog. Her sister had introduced Ruth to her friend’s brother, Roger Anderson, and the relationship flourished. Ruth and Roger were married in 1941 and spent time in Springfield, Mass., Cambridge, Mass, and Boulder, Colo. After the war, Ruth and Roger moved back to Roseland, where their family grew to three children. Their next move took them to Hinsdale, where Ruth was engaged as the skillful interior designer for the model houses in Roger’s new development.
   During her 60 years in Hinsdale, Ruth became involved in a multitude of rewarding pursuits. Among her interests were The Union Church of Hinsdale, the Bethlehem Center Settlement House on Chicago’s Lower West Side, the University of Chicago Great Books Program, Fortnightly of Chicago and the Hinsdale Historical Society.
   A favorite was the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where Ruth took many roles, including her active tenure as president of the Woman’s Board. A fine golfer, Ruth was twice women’s golf champion at the Hinsdale Golf Club. In later years Ruth enjoyed having gatherings at her house.
   Her life-long calm demeanor belied a powerful inner strength and a keen, inquisitive mind, both of which kept her alert and involved as her physical abilities diminished in her late 90s. Ruth remained enthusiastic to the end about Scrabble, crossword puzzles, oil painting, her family and the Chicago Cubs. Hers was a full and joyful life.
   Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Roger.
   She is survived by her three children, Leigh Anderson (Clint) Rappole, Geoff Anderson (partner Dennis Monteverde) and Ross Anderson; her three grandchildren, Micky (Cynthia) Rappole, Krissy Rappole Green and Britta Rappole (Bart) Traudt; her six great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Eric Rappole, Jordan and Evan Green, and Brenna and Bryson Traudt; her sister, Loraine Teninga Plasman; her sister-in-law, Nancy Neumann Teninga; and by many nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra online at or to the Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521.
   Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside is handling the arrangements.

Alfred Macom Frederick
Alfred “Al” Macom Frederick of King’s Ridge in Clermont, Fla., passed peacefully Feb. 20, 2019, just three weeks shy of his 95th birthday.
   Al was born in 1924 in Evanston to Alfred Henry and Allye Macom Frederick. He grew up in Evanston, along with his sister Sue May. He graduated from Evanston High School and the University of Missouri.
   A World War II veteran, Al enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1942 and was called to basic training in 1943. After basic training he was assigned to the 86th Division, Field Artillery Unit, stationed at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. His unit was deployed to the European Theatre in 1944 and fought for four weeks at the Battle of the Bulge and then advanced though Germany until the end of the war. Shortly after being discharged in 1946, Al joined the National Guard, retiring in 1966 at the rank of major.
   Al met Virginia Mull at a church social group, and the two were married from 1956 until her passing in 2005. They lived in Clarendon Hills for 44 years, where they raised their three children and Al umpired softball for many years.
   Al had a long and prosperous career in advertising and public relations with Sears, ACME Steel, Singer Controls and eventually, Frederick Communications.
   Al enjoyed golf and bird watching. He and his cousin, Fred Ward, attended baseball games and, while rooting for opposing teams, they were like brothers. Known for his bad jokes and witty pranks, Al was passionate about all things Chicago, particularly the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.
   Al is survived by his wife, Priscilla Heinig; his children, Linda (A.J.) Bennett, Kirk Frederick and Jill (John) Swanson; and his nephews, Hap and George May.
   Family and friends will gather at 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Bronswood Cemetery, 3805 Madison St., Oak Brook.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Bernard John Hester
Bernard John Hester, 62, of Oak Park, a former longtime resident of Hinsdale, passed away Feb. 15, 2019.
   He was preceded in death by his mother, Joanne Hester, nee Tobin.
   He is survived by his parents, Bernard F. (Mary Therese, nee Meehan) Hester; his siblings, Mary Jo (Robert) Norell, Elizabeth, Diane, Colleen (Tim) Wracker, Teresa (Robert) Olson, Nancy (the late Brent) Biermacher-King and the late Terence; and his nieces and nephews, Joanne, Amanda and Robert Norell, John and Thomas Olson, and Christopher and Nicholas Wracker.
   Visitation is at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 306 W. Fourth Street, Hinsdale.
   A funeral Mass will follow at the church at 10 a.m.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Good Shepherd Manor at
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Rosamond Kirkpatrick Oetking
Rosamond Kirkpatrick Oetking of Western Springs, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away May 9, 2019.  
   Rosamond, 94, was born to the Donald and Bertha Ann Adams Kirkpatrick in 1925. She attended Evanston High School before enrolling at the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. On campus Rosamond met the love of her life, Richard J. Oetking.
   After their graduation, they married in 1948 and lived in downtown Chicago while Rosamond worked at the offices of Time Magazine. The couple moved to Clarendon Hills, where they personally built their first house and started a family before moving to Baltimore for the next five years. They returned to Hinsdale, where they raised their three children.
   An active member in her school and community, Rosamond worked as an elementary school teacher in the Oak Brook school system for more than 25 years. She was a member of the Union Church of Hinsdale and active in fundraising activities that supported local charities.    Family and friends were Rosamond’s passion and delight.
   The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Rosamond during her last days, including the wonderful staff and professionals at the King Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard J. Oetking.
   She is survived by her three children, Susan, John and Maude; her nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many other relatives and close friends. 
   Rosemond will be remembered by her immediate family in a private graveside service, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband and other immediate family members.

Michael K. O'Malley
Michael K. O’Malley, 58, of Hinsdale died May 10, 2019.
   Michael dedicated his life being of service to others with the highest of integrity and love to all in many areas. His core belief was “Love and Attitude is Everything.”
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick Joseph and Marguerite Mary O’Malley; and his brother, Patrick (Marcia) O’Malley.
   He is survived by his wife, Tracy O’Malley; his children, Samantha (Eddie Golik) O’Malley and Sean O’Malley; his siblings, Mary (Jim) Bishop, Kathy (Tim) Sullivan, Marty (Vicki)    O’Malley, John (Leslie) O’Malley, and Tim (Brigitte) O’Malley; his in-laws, Robert and Karen Mack; and many nieces, nephews, siblings-in-law and cousins.
   Friends and family will meet for funeral prayers at 9:15 a.m. today, May 16, at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside, before proceeding to St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 Wolf Road, Western Springs, for a 9:45 a.m. funeral Mass.
   Interment is private.

Bonnie Jean Wolff
Bonnie Jean Wolff, 79, a 60-year Hinsdale resident, died May 10, 2019.
   Bonnie was a self-employed business women involved in the real estate, catering and construction industries. She was dedicated volunteer at the Fish Food Pantry, Christ Church of Oak Brook and homeless shelters.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Manfred Wolf.
   She is survived by her former husband, William Witz; her children, Steven (Sally) Witz, Diane (Raymond) Schwitz and David (Jeannie) Witz; her grandchildren, Stephanie Witz, Lindsay (Witz) Rocky Maloney, Erik Witz, Emily Schwitz, Claudia Schwitz, Leo Witz, Mackenzie Witz, Elle Witz, Ethan Hepding, Elizabeth Hepding and Daniel Hepding; and her brother, Richard Van Natta.
   A funeral was held May 14 at Christ Church of Oak Brook.
   Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Seasons Hospice Foundation online at
   Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Willowbrook handled the arrangements.


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