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A sad goodbye to the mayor of 57th Place

By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394

A very sad column this week. My block on 57th Place will never be the same again. Linda Young, our neighbor down the block, has passed away.

She and her husband, Paul, were one of our first neighbors in 1984, along with the Jeropke family. She was very involved in Peck School, on the local school council, along with Robert and me, in the days of Principal Dave Domovic.

Those were the days. We referred to her as the mayor of the block, and that she was. We knew her children, now adults, as little ones. Robert’s and my heart go out to Renee, Jolene, Nicole and Regina, along with their children and Linda’s sister, Cheryl. We loved Linda. Rest in peace.

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On that note, our memories have been restored. Back in the day we had Conrad and his sons, Mark and Teddy, Al Schaab their friend my classmate, the Jeropkes, George and Lina Bianchi, the Davies, the Kaufmans, Mrs. Grabowski, the Ochon girls on the corner, of which I used to scare their little boy–telling him I was a witch.

Goodbye to the 57th Place I used to know. But one thing we have decided is that we are both going to die on 57th Place. It is our home, and we do love all of our new neighbors equally, as well. We have the Martinez family, Juan and Maria, Olivia, Claudia, Sammy. Yes the only thing constant is change, but all is good.

Archer Heights residents and readers, I need your help. Especially, I need the help of those that have lived in Archer Heights in the 1970s. Who remembers the business on the west corner of Pulaski and Archer?

My girlfriends and I distinctly remember coming home from Lourdes High School and stopping to buy candy at a Dove store. It was not an ice cream shop, just candies. Yet, I am challenged by some that say a Dove store never existed. So, I guess my memory is failing, along with that of my girlfriends. Please if any of you remember, call me, mail me or email me at [email protected] If you have a picture or worked there that would be golden to me. Because I know I was not dreaming of a candy shop on Archer and Pulaski.

Visit the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce to get tickets to the Snack with Santa. The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at Mayfield Banquets, 6072 S. Archer. (As you may know, the GRCC expanded in recent years and now includes our neighborhood east of the airport.)

Thanks to the pandemic, this year’s Snack With Santa will be a little different. Masks are required, and snacks will be on the go. But Santa will be there, along with his wife. Bring your little ones and take photos.

Happy Birthday to Mr. James Baker, my seventh grade math teacher at St. Turibius.

Happy Birthday to one of my first boyfriends, Larry Russo. (One of my first boyfriends, please note!)

Let’s not forget St. Nick’s Day on the 6th of December. Put out your shoes or socks on the eve of the 5th in anticipation of some goodies.

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