(published May 16, 2013)
Joseph F. Girgis
Joseph F. Girgis, an Oak Brook resident, died May 13, 2013.
Mr. Girgis, 88, was born in Egypt in 1924, the second of 12 siblings. He moved to Chicago in 1968, and then to Oak Brook. He was an engineering professor at DeVry University for 40 years.
He was a devout Christian who was involved in planting churches in Egypt as well as in Chicago. He delivered a Christian Arabic radio broadcast in Chicago for many years. He was a committed family man who also mentored many individuals, started the Bible Club at DeVry and was an avid promoter of Moody Radio Broadcast. He was a member at Lombard Gospel Chapel and was one of the founding members of the Chicago Arabic Church.
He was preceded in death by his son, Peter; and his siblings, Dr. Aziz (the late Hoda), Faiza (the late Dr. Hilal) El Massarany, Wafeya (the late Foad) Mishrikey, Anjel-Fahim and Dr. Kamal; and his brother-in-law, Dr. Nagi Ghali.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace, nee Zachary; his children, Dr. Samuel (Rita), John (Rhonda) and Dr. Phillip (Maggie); his siblings, Dr. Tawfik (Dorothy), Dr. Farouk (Marge), Dr. Lily Ghali, Dr. Aida (Dr. Phillip), Dr. Mary (Fadel) Hanna, Suad (Dr. Emil) Anton; his 11 grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Dr. Mervet; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 W. Roosevelt Road, Hillside.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st Street and York Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to help orphans and others in need in Egypt through the Fund for Christian Service, 1309 Canopy Oaks Drive, Minneola, FL 34715-5692 or online at fcsusa.org/donate.htm.
Gladys K. Miller
Gladys K. Miller passed away May 8, 2013, at the British Home in Brookfield.
Mrs. Miller, nee Svoboda, She was born in 1916, to Marie and James Svoboda in Chicago. She was 96.
She married Henry Miller in Brookfield on Sept. 17, 1938. They settled in Brookfield, and Mrs. Miller resided at her home for 71 years until she moved to the British Home last August.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Henry; and her brothers, Elmer and Roy Svoboda.
She is survived by her son, David (Janet) of Hinsdale and several nieces.
Services were private.