Kathy Headley

Kathy Headley

Two ladies gone, but not forgotten

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Guessing you have already read the sad news about the passing of Mary Ellen St. Aubin. For those of you that didn’t know, she grew up right here in Chicago Lawn, on 63rd and Richmond, and attended Marquette School. I was lucky to have the opportunity to interview her several times for stories and for the Legendary Locals book. What an enjoyable lady she was.

Also on a sad note, Harriet Jendrach, who played a huge part in Clearing American Legion Post 600 events, has passed away. Harriet was the wife of the late Edward. A note from Commander Bob Rucinski gives us a good idea of how important she was to the post.

“We are going to miss this sweet lady and her precious smile. Every year she went out and got donations for the Poppy Drive, as well as, being top seller of 50/50 raffle tickets at the dinners at the Mayfield. She helped out at the post in every way she could.”

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By now, most of us have begun taking down our Christmas decorations. If you found lights that are not working or strings of lights that you simply want to replace, whether older or not, some could release mercury into the environment if tossed in the garbage. At the very least, they would take up space in a landfill. Recycling them is actually kind of easy. Both Home Depot and Lowe’s accept discarded lights, and most Ace Hardware stores do as well. I would suggest checking with individual Ace stores first if that is your choice.

If you are reading the Greater Southwest News-Herald earlier than its Friday publication date and you are a frequent visitor to the St. Rita Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western, the first monthly novena of the year will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6. Father Tom McCarthy, OSA will be the celebrant. The opportunity for confessions begins at 6 p.m.

Chess begins at Marquette Park on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 10 to 1 p.m. and runs every Saturday until March 17.

Pickleball begins this week and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. These are open play games in the west gym for men and women 35 years old and up. The cost is $5.

Music Ensembles also begins this week at Marquette for ages 8 and up on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. The improvisational format allows for playing with small combos. The cost is $20. Call the park to register for this one at (312) 747-6469.

Registration for the Winter/Spring Recital sessions at Teatro Tariakuri, 3117 W. 63rd St., is now open. The early registration discount of 20% runs until Jan. 15. For more information or to register your children, call (312) 532-2774.

Now back to 1972. New homes were going up in Wrightwood at a cost of just $15,000. Both were on 85th Place–one was at 2721 and the other at 2725.

No one got the answer to last week’s question so let’s try it again this week:

As you may remember, during the winter of 1971 Sunshine Supermarket was destroyed by fire. As the neighborhood was turning the page to 1972, new plans were in the works for some building projects and that included Sunshine’s former home at 3500-08 W. 63rd Street. Similar stores to this new one had been popping up in communities all over Chicago in recent years. They would be open longer hours than traditional grocery stores, making it convenient for working folks. It was not a 7-Eleven, though that would be an appropriate guess.

Their catch phrase was “When you run out, run out to…When you run out of anything run out to….” Did that help?

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  1. Tom Downes on January 7, 2022 at 9:23 am

    White Hen Pantry, which if I am not mistaken were owned by Jewel when first started.



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