Berwyn's Arts Blog
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Irish Wake
John Michael McCarthy, 52, 31st and Wisconsin, passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park on Dec. 6, 2011.

Loving partner of Beverly Pierce and father to Emily. Son of the late Margaret Mary McCarthy (nee Canning) and John Michael “Mike” McCarthy, and survived by stepmother Jane McCarthy of Tampa. Loving brother to Eileen Romano (Mark), Timothy, Daniel (Diana), Megan Hadley (James), Tara, and Holly Seifert. Dear nephew of Arthur O’Brien of Chicago, and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

John grew up in Chicago and Oak Park, graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School and attended Western Illinois University and was active in the real estate business in the Oak Park area for many years.

He was an IHSA basketball referee for schools in Oak Park for over 30 years, and an active volunteer and contributor to his community and numerous charitable endeavors in the Chicago area and elsewhere.

Celebration of John’s life at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub (7652 Madison Street, Forest Park) from 6-10 pm, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.

Visitation at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at St. Giles Catholic Church, 1045 Columbian Ave., Oak Park, followed by funeral mass at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fraternite Notre Dame ( or Holy Angels Children’s Society (checks to P.O. Box 185, Whiting NJ 08759).

Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Weekend and beyond
There is a fundraiser at Fitzgerald's for Berwyn CARES Saturday, December 10, 2011, at noon. CARES stands for Citizens Aligned to Renew Education for Students.

CARES Hosts Kid's Concert on December 10, 2011
Please join Berwyn C.A.R.E.S. for our annual kid's concert to raise funds to support classroom grants. ORDER TICKETS.

Also, if anyone is interested in becoming a Board Member for the 16th Street Theater, please contact the Artistic Director, Ann Filmer at

There is a monetary requirement as there is on most Boards. All I can say is, if you want to be involved with a very good Berwyn institution, this would be the one. Tell Ann that Mark sent you.

Or not.

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