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Longtime Hinsdale Central Teacher Dies at 73: Obituaries

Patch provides information on Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills residents recently lost.

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The following obituaries were recently featured on Legacy.com:

Edward F. Wingler, Ph.D., 73, died Nov. 15 at King-Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge of esophageal cancer. Mr. Wingler was a longtime Hinsdale resident and taught English and rhetoric and directed productions at Hinsdale Central High School for more than 30 years. He is survived by his stepsiblings, Steve Pink, Jim Pink and Holly Campbell. Donations in Mr. Wingler's name to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, HCR ManorCare of Hinsdale, King-Bruwaert House, St. Thomas Hospice, or the Hinsdale Humane Society are encouraged. An obituary for Mr. Wingler was published in the Dec. 12-18 edition of The Doings.

George E. Tolbert, 80, died on Dec. 26. A longtime resident of Hinsdale and Oak Brook, Mr. Tolbert volunteered at Christ Church of Oak Brook and organized The Lane School's ice cream social. The U.S. Army vet and former senior vice president at UBS also volunteered at Chicago Public Schools and Habitat for Humanity, and was a member at Ruth Lake Country Club. Mr. Tolbert leaves behind his wife Shirley, their children, Jan, Jim, and Jeff, their nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A visitation was held Monday at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd., in Willowbrook. A funeral service is being held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Christ Church of Oak Brook. Donations to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago or Illinois Children's Home & Aid Society are encouraged. An obituary for Mr. Tolbert was published in the Chicago Tribune on Dec. 29.

Margaret "Peg" Coffin, 88, died on Dec. 21. The former DuPage County judge and prosecutor was a longtime resident of Oak Brook and Hinsdale and formerly served on, among numerous boards, the District 86 Board of Education and the St. Isaac Jogues Board of Education. Ms. Coffin the wife of the late George Coffin, Jr., the mother of Susan, Adrienne and Philip, and the grandmother of Elizabeth and Sarah Coffin-Karlin, Darcy and Devin Kolstad, and Roger, Peter and Jennifer Coffin. A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 3, at Ahlgrim Funeral Home in Elmhurst from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. until time a 10 a.m. funeral mass at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale. Donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are encouraged. An obituary for Ms. Coffin was published in the Chicago Tribune on Dec. 29.

Edward Martinek, 92, of Clarendon Hills, died Dec. 22 at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. A World War II veteran and resident of Clarendon Hills for more than 60 years, Mr. Martinek was preceded in death by his wife Catherine, and survived by his children, Cathi Durr, Cynthia Robinson, Edward Martinek and Christine Kowalkowski. He was grandfather to the late Jason Durr, Patrick Durr, Benjamin Martinek and Andrew Martinek, and he had two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Frankie. A visitation and funeral service were held Monday at Notre Dame Church in Clarendon Hills. Donations to Brookfield Zoo or Boys Town are encouraged. An obituary for Mr. Martinek was published in the Chicago Tribune on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29.

If you have an obituary you'd like to post on Patch, email the editor at joe.odonnell@patch.com.

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