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Kathy Headley

Kathy Headley

Wind whips willow tree into lagoon

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Hope you didn’t suffer too much damage as the powerful winds from last week’s storm blew through the Southwest Side. We lost a large tree on our corner.

As was expected, lots of branches were down at Marquette Park but the biggest disappointment was the large willow tree at about Marquette Road and Richmond that toppled into the lagoon. It sat on the very edge of the shoreline, so I suppose it didn’t have much to grab onto as the winds slammed into it–uprooting it in what appeared to be one fell swoop.

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Have you ever had an odd experience with your cellphone? Well, I had one the other day that left me wondering if my phone could smell or at least sense aromas. Or does it know what I am thinking?

I was in the yard. I cut a bit of mint, washed it off under the hose and put it in my iced tea bottle. I sat down on the bench and grabbed my phone to play a word game for a bit. On top of the screen it said, “Install Mint?” Coincidence? Hmmm… I think I am going to have to be careful when around my phone from now on.

Coming up this Saturday, Aug. 7, is Back-To-School Small Business Saturday at the Monarca Event Room, 3300 W. 63rd St. This month there will also be a school supply giveaway while supplies last. Last month, I felt I hit the jackpot when I came across lots of beautifully made stone bracelets in every combination of colors I could imagine. These were all made by the owner of Heal the Land, A Bracelet Company.

I sampled some delicious Coquito from Wally Martinez. Had I not spent most of my money on bracelets, I would have purchased an extra bottle. And then there was the delicious Mole made by longtime Chicago Lawn resident Maria Herrara. You never know what kind of vendors will be showcased on Small Business Saturdays from month to month. It just depends on who reserves a spot first. I have never left disappointed. The small-business market opens at 11 a.m. and is across the street from Rio Valley.

By the way, if you would like to see what the front of the building Monarca now calls home looked like back in the 1950s, check out the Chicago Lawn Historical Society Facebook page. I added a photo. The cars in front are always fun to see, too.

Don’t forget Summer Kickbacks is held at Marquette Park every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. just west of 69th and California. SWOP team members will be out there grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and with a variety of games for the kids (or adults).

Some of you may have read of the passing of Sister Kathleen Smith SSC. She grew up in the neighborhood and certainly left her mark here. While attending public school for the primary grades, she attended CCD classes at St. Adrian Parish; and upon graduation went on to Maria High School.

Sister entered the convent in 1959, making her final vows in 1967. In 1977 she was assigned to Maria High School, where she taught art until 1995. While at Maria, Sister’s students entered the Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Contest. Designs by her students were chosen in five different years. Sister Kathleen was often asked to prepare a painting, design logos or banners. Many banners which were carried in processions, one at a special liturgy at Soldier Field.

Nancy H. has been a good friend of Sister Kathleen for a long time and she remembers when Joaquin (Jack) Varela was studying to be a deacon and needed a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe for St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church. Nancy connected him with Sister, and she created a sizeable gorgeous oil painting for the church.

In reflection, Nancy said, “She was such a beautiful person, and her artistic ability held no bounds.” Services for Sister were held on July 22.

Now back to our history segment. Lori R. was the first to recognize Giordano’s as the restaurant which began at 63rd and California and then expanded to 3324 W. 63d St.. in the basement of the Steifel building.

This week’s history question comes from Nancy H., who helped us with Sister Kathleen’s memory. Did you happen to recognize Deacon Jack’s name (above)? He and his wife, Vicky, had an upscale woman’s clothing store here for many years. Staying in the same general timeframe of the late 1980s, it was at 3433 W. 63rd St. I wonder if you can place it.

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