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OBITUARIES:  (published June 29, 2017)

William G. Gardner
William G. Gardner, 86, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Hinsdale, died March 12, 2017, at Sherman House in Phoenix.
   Bill, born in Chicago in 1930, was the son of George and Marie Gardner.
   Bill worked in Chicago as an assets manager for an insurance company in the Loop. Prior to that, he worked many years for the Santa Fe Railroad.  Bill enjoyed attending Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with friends, as well as supporting local arts events. In addition to being an avid exercise swimmer and eating very healthily, Bill tended his garden with loving care, as well as those of his far-flung friends.
   Upon his retirement in 1993, Bill moved to Peoria, Ariz., then to Sun City, where he continued swimming and caring for his garden. He truly enjoyed his many friends over his lifetime, staying in touch with and visiting them, many of whom lived in other parts of the United States and Canada.
   Bill’s smile, sparkling eyes, humorous stories and laughter lightened the hearts of his friends.    His kind, caring heart is missed.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Belder, nee Gardner; and his parents.
   He leaves behind his nephews, David and Garrett Belder.
   A memorial service was held April 6 in Sun City.

Virginia Gamwell Monroe
Virginia “Ginny” Gamwell Monroe, 94, of Hinsdale, passed peacefully June 14, 2017, wearing her favorite necklace, with her family close by.
   Virginia was born to the late Cecil Calvert Gamwell and Madelyn Worth Gamwell in 1923 in Pittsfield, Mass. Ginny graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1941 and received an associate’s degree from Westbrook Junior College in 1943.
   She married Willys H. Monroe in 1945, and together they built a life with the kind of love and laughter that was felt by all those around them. They lived in Thompsonville, Conn., Levittown, N.Y., and Port Washington, N.Y., before relocating to Hinsdale in 1960 when Willys was made partner at Booz, Allen and Hamilton.
   Ginny was an avid gardener and globetrotter, who could often be seen working in her beloved gardens or packing her many travel bags while living at 118 E. Third Street. She was adamant about her liberal politics and worked with Illinois state Rep. Giddy Dyer on her campaigns fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment to be passed. She was passionate about helping others and loved her work as a wedding consultant for Union Church of Hinsdale for many years. Her enjoyment of bridge and crossword puzzles sustained her brain aerobics for decades. Her wit with the Adorables of King-Bruwaert was legendary. Ginny was a Girl Scout leader for both daughters and loved both camping and marching in the parades with her Girl Scouts. Ginny was a docent at Hinsdale Historical Society and read weekly to first-graders at Oak School. She loved doing both of these things, and the kids loved her. She had a mean tennis serve and played well into her 80s. She was known to drive to Burns Field with her ice skates on. She is the last survivor of the famed Happy Hour group of Third Street.
   Ginny was known as the Town Crier of Hinsdale and never met a stranger she didn’t immediately befriend. She was always interested in others and was like a second mom to many of her children’s friends. She is remembered as being kind, loving, sincere and hilarious. One childhood friend honored Ginny by stating she was “the first rational and empathetic adult she had ever met, a rare combination.” Ginny’s greatest joy was being with her family at any beach in Michigan or the Jersey Shore with cocktail in hand, playing cards with her grands and eating a Drier’s hot dog.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Willys H. Monroe; and her siblings Barby Head, Petie McCrudden and Cecil Calvert Gamwell.
   Ginny is survived by her three children, Sherrill “Sherry” (Lee) Monroe Crumbaugh, Susan “Suki” (Michael) Monroe Glasser and Willys “Chip” G. (Arlene) Monroe; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Planned Parenthood, DuPage Children’s Museum, Union Church of Hinsdale, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford RMED program, Bridge Communities or a favorite charity.
   A memorial service celebrating Ginny’s life is being planned for mid-October at Union Church of Hinsdale and Union Pier, Mich.
   Inquiries can be emailed to

Samuel Silas Skidmore
Samuel Silas “Si” Skidmore, 70, formerly of Hinsdale and Western Springs, died June 21, 2017, in Missouri.
   He was born in 1947 in Columbus, Ohio, and was a U.S. Army veteran.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith R.; and his parents, James and Catherine, nee Dolby, Skidmore.
   He is survived by his children, Samantha (Bobby) McLin, Joshua (Jenna) and Zachary (Tessa) Skidmore; and his grandchildren, Kadin, Shonah, Echo, Reagan, Silas and Darwin.
Cremation rites were accorded privately in Missouri.
   A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials to University of Missouri Hospital would be appreciated.


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