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  • Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer dies at 84 Sep 20, 2014 2:28 PM
    In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman’s mother on “Desperate Housewives” and the past mistress of Tony Soprano’s late father on “The Sopranos.”

  • Ohio creator of Slush Puppies dead at age 74 Sep 19, 2014 2:00 PM
    The family story goes that Will Radcliff, sister Phyllis and their mother, Thelma, sat on a front porch drinking beer and writing down possible names on a brown paper bag before agreeing that Slush Puppie was the best candidate. It would become represented by a toboggan-wearing, floppy-eared dog.

  • Notable deaths last week Sep 16, 2014 8:32 AM
    This week's notable deaths include Northern Ireland's Protestant leader during three decades of sectarian strife with Roman Catholics; the billionaire founder of Chick-fil-A Inc..

  • Frank Torre dies at 82 Sep 13, 2014 4:18 PM
    Former World Series star Frank Torre, who helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82.

  • British actor Donald Sinden dies at 90 Sep 12, 2014 10:59 AM
    British actor Donald Sinden dies at 90 after storied career on stage, screen and TV

  • Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies at 88 Sep 12, 2014 11:50 AM
    Rev. Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand-turned-peacemaker in Northern Ireland, dies at age 88

  • Roy Leonard's son: He was kind in private as well as public life Sep 12, 2014 1:09 PM
    Chicago radio personality Roy Leonard's private life mirrored his public one, son Kyle writes. "Do not be surprised how much love you can receive by simply being kind. Our father was kind and we have seen the love he engendered in the notes, commentary and personal remembrances friends and strangers have shared with us."

  • Life story: The genius behind the Super J Sep 10, 2014 5:56 PM
    Walter Jachec was a structural engineer, but his real claim to fame was building a slide at a Wauconda beach that thrilled generations of kids in the 1950s, 60s and beyond. Jachec died recently at age 87.

  • Suburban musical theater favorite killed in Indiana crash Sep 6, 2014 4:41 PM
    Published reports indicate Bernie Yvon, an accomplished musical theater actor and near constant presence on the suburban theater scene, died Saturday in an accident en route to a rehearsal

  • Notable deaths last week Sep 6, 2014 6:48 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include a Brooklyn-born comic whose catchphrase “Can we talk?” led to humorous, offensive insults directed at celebrities, including herself; the last surviving son of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff; and a beloved Chicago radio and TV personality.

  • Falling tree in Northfield kills Chicago actress Sep 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    A veteran actress in TV shows and stage productions across the area, Molly Glynn died Saturday after being struck by a tree uprooted during Friday’s violent storms. “I couldn’t save her. I couldn’t save her. She’s gone,” read a Saturday morning Facebook post by her husband and fellow actor Joe Foust.

  • Bruce Morton, veteran TV newsman, dies Sep 5, 2014 9:30 PM
    Bruce Morton, a news correspondent for CBS and then CNN who covered Washington politics with a low-key but authoritative style for more than four decades and who co-hosted a droll morning show and reported on overseas massacres with equal skill, died Friday at his home in Washington. He was 83.

  • Roy Leonard: WGN icon and film critic remembered Sep 5, 2014 7:52 PM
    Roy Leonard and I sat next to each other while watching the movie “Wild Things” at Chicago’s Lake Street Screening Room in 1998. In one scene, Kevin Bacon strips down for a shower scene with full frontal nudity. Roy whispered in my ear, “That young man has nothing to be ashamed of!” The unexpected observation was one of many Roy Leonard shared with me during 20 years of screening films together.

  • Des Plaines honors 29-year-old alderman who died Sep 3, 2014 9:11 AM
    A photo and bouquet of flowers were set up Tuesday night on the Des Plaines city council dais in honor of former 7th Ward Alderman Joanna Sojka, as city leaders publicly remembered one of their own. Tuesday marked the first city council meeting since the death of Sojka, a 29-year-old first-term alderman who died Aug. 18 of an apparent stroke.

  • Notable deaths last week Aug 30, 2014 8:17 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include the Oscar-winning British filmmaker who directed “Gandhi” and the billionaire founder of the for-profit University of Phoenix.

  • Services set for 29-year-old Des Plaines alderman who died of stroke Aug 26, 2014 6:13 PM
    Funeral services have been set for 29-year-old Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka, who died Aug. 18 of an apparent stroke. A visitation is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at St. Hubert Parish, 729 Grand Canyon St. in Hoffman Estates. It is followed by a Mass at 6 p.m. A public moment of silence will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the beginning of the city council meeting. The Sojka family has been invited to attend.

  • “Church lady” earned clients’, colleagues’ respect Aug 26, 2014 4:20 PM
    Around the advertising department of the Daily Herald, colleagues referred to Chris Harper as the “church lady,” since she was the go-to person for churches and religious institutions wishing to place ads in the Easter and Christmas worship sections. “Chris really earned the respect of her clients,” said Scott Ray, director of Niche Publications. Harper passed away Aug. 20 after a long illness. She was 61.

  • Des Plaines alderman dies of stroke at 29 Aug 26, 2014 2:06 PM
    Colleagues are remembering Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka as a rising, young leader committed to problem solving and helping others. The 29-year-old freshman alderman, elected in April 2013 for the city's 7th Ward, died late Monday from an apparent stroke. “She was a beautiful, young, single woman. She could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, but she chose Des Plaines,” Alderman Denise Rodd said.

  • Notable deaths last week Aug 16, 2014 7:01 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include the Oscar-winning actor best known for his rapid-fire impressions and improvisational humor and the sultry-voiced actress who was an old-style Hollywood movie star and won Tony Awards for her work on Broadway.

  • Late journalist remembered: Aug 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    A memorial for a journalist and author with roots in Lake County was held Thursday at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville.

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