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Marquette Bank makes Christmas a bit brighter

Once again this year, thanks to Barb Spangler and the generosity of employees at Marquette Bank, two families from St. Adrian had a much nicer Christmas than they expected.

It is not unusual for a family to go through a rough patch every now and then and this year was no exception. For the past 11 years, Marquette elves have raised funds, shopped and wrapped gifts for St. Adrian families in need of little help. The two families sponsored by the bank this year were recipients of five large bags full of presents for the children. One family has six children, the other three.

The event is coordinated on the St. Adrian end by Virginia Salazar, who runs the religious education program. When the bags were delivered to her office, she responded, “Oh my gosh. How wonderful this is.” She could hardly wait to call the families in to surprise them.

Seniors who frequent the Southwest Senior Center have gotten a bit of a Christmas surprise, too, as the floors in the reception area and the TV room have been renovated. So, 2019 has seen renovations at the senior center and at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library across the street.

Get well wishes to Tony Philbin, who was a bit under the weather recently. As most of you know, Tony has been an active leader in the Wrightwood neighborhood for many years and plans to be for many more.

Sorry to report the passing of Adrian Dominican Sister Lila Watt. Throughout her career, Sister was a teacher, business secretary, parish secretary, director and leader in Michigan, Florida, the Bahamas and Illinois. In the neighborhood, Sister served at St. Rita of Cascia Parish in the 1980s, working on religious programs and helping to initiate the Eucharistic Minister and Minister of Care ministries. Close to home, she taught at St. Kilian and St. Barbara. Sister was 90 years of age.

Community Cinema presents three 2019 films at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, on Saturday, Dec. 28, beginning with Aladdin at 9:30 a.m. followed by Dora and the Lost City at 11:30 a.m.; and lastly, The Lion King at 1:30 p.m.

Seniors are invited to “Sing into the New Year” at the Southwest Center, 6117 S. Kedzie, on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. DJ Harold “Mr. Karaoke” will be on hand to help close out the year and invites all to bring their best singing voice and get ready to dance and party.

The next Mass praying for the beatification of Venerable Maria Kaupas, foundress of the Sisters of St. Casimir, and commemorating the 104th anniversary of her birth, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 9:30 a.m. in the SSC chapel, 2601 W. Marquette Road. Celebrating Mass will be the Rev. James Baraniak, O.Praem.

Tickets are now available for the Happy New Year “Champagne Brunch” at Nativity BVM, Sunday, Jan. 5, in the parish hall, 6820 S. Washtenaw, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Reservations can be made by calling (773) 776-4600.

Now back to 1970. When we left last week, we were going to help Santa finish his last-minute shopping. We had three stops to make in Marquette Manor. What might we buy at Becky Ross, 2558 W. 59th St., Jay Lee’s, 2441 W. 63rd St., and Warshan, 6249 S. Western?

I was really surprised that the first to be guessed correctly was Jay Lee’s. That was by Marilynn M. She knew it was a children’s store because her mom would buy the granddaughters’ party dresses there. Next to guess correctly was Madeline S., who knew Becky Ross sold ladies’ clothing.

No one came up with the correct answer for Warshan, so let’s ponder that one for another week. What would we buy shopping at Warshan?

Marilynn tells us her godfather had a business close by Warshan. His name was John Pakel. What was his business?

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