Steven Poster of Chicago, a native and former resident of Evanston, died Aug. 19, 2001 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 33.
He was born April 29, 1968.
Mr. Poster worked for Gingiss, Oak Tree and Bachrach clothing stores. For the last three years, he was employed as a mail processor with the U.S. Postal Service in Chicago.
He was a member of Springfield Baptist Church in Evanston. He later became a member of Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Evanston, where he served as choir director and served on the usher board.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Poster; his father, William Poster Sr.; sisters Tricia Poster and Tania Poster; brother William Poster Jr.; three aunts; two uncles; special friend Sherry Gregory; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Aug. 26 at Springfield Baptist Church in Evanston, with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie.
Margherita Ward Raymond of Juno Beach, Fla., a former longtime resident of Evanston, died Aug. 30, 2001 in Juno Beach. She was 87.
In addition to her Evanston residence, she and her late husband, Tom, spent summers in Les Cheneaux Islands, Hessel, Mich. In 1980 they retired to Tryon, N.C., where they resided until Mrs. Raymond moved to Florida in 1997.
Mrs. Raymond was a homemaker. While in Evanston, she gave to her community and church, serving as a school board member, a trustee of the Infant Welfare Society and a longtime altar guild worker at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Survivors include Marguerite Long of Westerly, R.I.; sons Tim (Marj) of Glen Ellyn, Rob (Diane) of West Palm Beach, Fla., and George (Kate) of Federal Way, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Sept. 5 at Quattlebarum-Holleman-Burse Funeral Home in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation, Library Capital Campaign, PO Box 249, Cedarville MI 49719.
Margaret Mary Sheridan, 77, of Skokie, formerly of Lake Forest, died July 31, 2001 of lymphoma at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
Mrs. Sheridan was an elementary school teacher in Lake County and taught at St. Mary’s School and Daniel Wright Middle School, both in Lake Forest, Hawthorne School, Vernon Hills, St. James School, Highwood, and at Half Day School, Lincolnshire. She produced and directed plays and musicals, and taught local history and science projects at the schools.
Born in Glencoe, she attended Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart and received a degree in education in 1946 from Barat College, Lake Forest.
Mrs. Sheridan was an adventuresome person who often flew open cockpit biplanes during her college years. She also took students at Daniel Wright Middle School on cross country skiing trips, staged plays and musicals and taught dancing, local history and science during her teaching career.
She was a ballroom dancer and ice skater all her life and took up rollerblading after age 60. She and her husband Charles worked on the presidential campaign for John F. Kennedy in 1960.
Survivors include sons Charles of Evanston and Daniel of Seattle, daughter Marguerite Woodall of Skokie, three grandchildren, daughter-in-law Martha Sheridan, Skokie. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles and dancing partner Dominic Maino.
Celebration of Funeral Mass was Aug. 4 at St. Peter Catholic Church, Skokie and interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant House, P.O. Box 731, Times Square Station, New York NY 10108.
George Teuscher, 93, former professor and dean of the Northwestern University Dental School, died Aug. 22, 2001 of post-operative complications from cancer.
Mr. Teuscher was born in Chicago, and his family moved to Evanston where he and his sister Ann attended Evanston High School and where he excelled in gymnastics. Teuscher entered Northwestern University before the age of 16 and proceeded to earn four degrees. He became a star gymnast, with a specialty in the side-horse event. He pitched on industrial teams and worked as a lumberjack during summer vacations.
Professionally, he was the first registered pediatric dentist in Illinois, a discipline which he pioneered. In 1956, he represented the university as guest lecturer in New Zealand, Australia, India, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, England and Scotland, on a five-month tour, receiving four honorary Professorships in the process. He was an advocate around the world for clinical research and public health in his field. New York University conferred an honorary degree in recognition of his work. He received a presidential appointment as a regent of the National Library of Medicine.
After retiring as dean, he went on to another career, that of executive director of the American Society of Dentistry for Children, and as editor of its journal, with a worldwide circulation, and with manuscripts also submitted from many countries. He wrote 200 articles and editorials, earning five editorial awards. He remained as full-time editor until less than half a year before his death, a post which he held with distinction for 30 years.
Mr. Teuscher founded a still-working charity clinic in the mid 1950s in Chicago. He was the dedicatory speaker for the dental school in Jerusalem and championed the treatment of physically challenged child patients such as those with cerebral palsy, heart disease, and mental retardation.
He was the last survivor of the three founders of the John Evans Club of Northwestern University which, since its inception, has contributed a total of over $500 million to the university.
Survivors include his wife Florence (Levinson) Teuscher, a daughter, Carol Ann of Chicago; and a son, John (Joanne) of Star Lake, Wis.
Memorial services and burial were private.
Thordis J. (nee Johnson) Venzke, 93, of Evanston died Aug. 13, 2001 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.
Mrs. Venzke was a retired sales clerk.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elroy.
Survivors include daughter Suzanne (Nickolas) Dallas of Skokie and one grandchild.
Funeral services and interment were private.
Margaret (nee Bryant) Witt, a lifelong resident of Evanston, died Aug. 24, 2001 at her home. She was 80.
Born March 9, 1921, she was a graduate of Evanston Township High School.
Mrs. Witt, also known as “Peg,” was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Evanston.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy R.
Survivors include son Ralph M. II of Hoffman Estates; daughter Peggy (Philip Gekas of Springfield, Ill.; two grandchildren; and one cousin.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 28 at St. Mary’s Church in Evanston, with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL 60607.