Maureen O'Donnell, Chicago Sun-Times

Maureen O'Donnell

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Past articles by Maureen:

Henry ‘Hank’ Obrzut, who ran the Skokie Hairem beauty salon with his family, dead at 87

His wife Joanne also did hair. Their sons swept up. Their daughter did makeup. Many relatives and friends worked there during the 25 years the family operated the business. → Read More

Barb A. Moriarty, who helped others get sober after her struggle with addiction, dead at 75

An early adopter of computers, she did programming and helped people fix IT problems in her job at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. → Read More

Gregory ‘Greg’ Bey, Jaguars youth football coach in Chicago, mentor for fraternity brothers, dead at 62

For 20 years, Mr. Bey coached grade school kids in the Jaguars football program, now at Jackie Robinson Park. “He was so positive,” said former player Roosevelt Martin III, now a coach. → Read More

Sun-Times obituary writer Maureen O’Donnell bids farewell to daily reporting, with many lasting memories

I’ve written about too many people who died, leaving their dreams unrealized. I might contribute to the Sun-Times from time to time, but right now I’m planning to retire and travel. → Read More

Hiroshi ‘Johnny’ Okura, artist who served with storied Japanese American WWII combat team, dead at 100

Its segregated soldiers served in “the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the U.S. military,” according to the National WWII Museum. In 2010, Congress recognized the 442nd by awarding its men the Congressional Gold Medal. → Read More

Rosanna Glueckert, who helped run Glueckert Funeral Home in Arlington Heights, dead at 85

The funeral home has handled arrangements for thousands, including Arlington International Racecourse figures like trainer Ernie Poulos and jockey R.L. “Bobby” Baird. → Read More

Maxine Duster, Chicago educator, civic leader, dead at 83

She was a teacher and principal and helped kids interested in medicine follow a doctor around to see what the work was like, helping many pursue careers in medicine. → Read More

Harold Kulat, first Jones Commercial High School alum to return to teach at Chicago school, dead at 100

“Mr. Kulat was a lovely and patient history teacher,” said Marcy Sugar, who was one of his students. → Read More

Funeral details for Sergio Mims, movie critic and founder of Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Festival

Visitation is planned from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Doty Nash Funeral Home, 8620 S. Stony Island Ave., with a wake there at 2 p.m. Saturday followed by the funeral at 3 p.m. Saturday. → Read More

Patricia Marvin, who helped harried Thanksgiving cooks on Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, dead at 96

For 22 years, she did her part to make the holiday meal work out for others. One time, she recognized the voice of the caller. It was her grandson who was away at college. → Read More

Maryfrances Veeck, publicist, resourceful partner to legendary Bill Veeck, dead at 102

Her husband was renowned for his publicity stunts. She came up with a few of her own. She died Sept. 10 at Montgomery Place retirement community in Hyde Park. → Read More

Singer Jim Post, Chicago folk music star who hit big with ‘Reach Out of the Darkness,’ dead at 82

Chicago performer Corky Siegel said, “I think he was just the greatest in the Chicago folk scene.” He later reinvented himself, writing and performing in one-man plays about Mark Twain. → Read More

Erich Himmel, leader in Chicago’s German American community, led Steuben Parade, dead at 86

He was grand marshal for 35 years of the annual Steuben Parade celebrating German culture and heritage and was to be honored this weekend at this year’s edition of the parade. → Read More

Gilda Wrenn dies at 97; emigrated from Dominican Republic and welcomed all to her home in Chicago

Mrs. Wrenn once hosted three Dominican Major League players for a home-cooked meal. Two of them were brothers, first basemen and outfielders: Felipe Alou of the Atlanta Braves and Matty Alou of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as Juan Marichal, then a pitcher with the San Francisco Giants. → Read More

Patrick Lynch, Irish immigrant who served in the Army, refinished and upholstered furniture, dead at 92

He dreamed of being an electrical engineer and took courses, according to his daughter, but needed to work because of the responsibilities of his growing family. → Read More

Harold Lucas, Bronzeville organizer, activist, historian, dead at 79, lauded as a champion

“As you walk and drive around Bronzeville, Harold’s works are everywhere,” author Nathan Thompson said. “Harold was one of the freedom fighters,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said. → Read More

Manuel Sanchez, Chicago’s first Mexican American school principal, dead at 94

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Foran Funeral Home in Summit and at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, with a celebration of his life held there starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday. → Read More

Arlene Gill, Chicago Cubs front-office assistant to 8 general managers, dead at 79

“She had just incredible knowledge of the rules and regulations for acquiring players,” a former co-worker says. “It took a lot of paperwork and a lot of moxie.” → Read More

Jerry Starkman, who founded Mustard’s Last Stand hot dog haven near Northwestern’s football stadium, dead at 84

Over 53 years, the family-owned business has served up hot dogs to NU alums including David Schwimmer, Seth Meyers, Charlton Heston; actors William Petersen and Katie Holmes; Cubs pitchers Kerry Wood and Mark Prior; and Wildcats football coach Pat Fitzgerald. → Read More

Chef Dominique Tougne of Chez Moi restaurant dead at 56; classically trained French chef combined high kitchen standards with kindness

Pro basketball players came to dine at his restaurant, including Joakim Noah, whose father is French tennis legend Yannick Noah, plus Tony Parker Sr., who played professionally in Europe, and his son Tony Parker Jr., who grew up in France. → Read More