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Professor Rosario "Ray" DePalma a 48-year resident of Elk Grove Village Professor Rosario "Ray" DePalma, 88, was born in New York City to Felix and Concetta died on July 2, 2013 at Alexian Brothers Medical Center. He served in the Air Force with the 313th bomb wing in the South Pacific during World War II. He earned a master of science degree from Northwestern University. Ray began his 35-year teaching career at Loyola University, followed by years at the Oak Park Hospital School of Nursing, High School District 214, and Harper College, where he was a member of the original faculty. He retired from Harper College in 1987. Ray served on the Rolling Meadows Library Board and for over 30 years on the Elk Grove Village Board of Health. Ray was also a longtime member of the Harper College Festival Chorus. He loved opera, golf, travel, and following the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. With his loving wife of 65 years, Billie "Bee" (nee Campbell), they raised four children in Rolling Meadows and Elk Grove Village. Ray is survived by his wife, Bee, his children, Tom (Janet) DePalma, Juli (Tom) Rowen, Dan (Cyndy) DePalma; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother. Ray was preceded in death by his daughter, Danielle in 2011; and his parents and sisters. Memorials may be made to the Harper College Educational Foundation. Visitation is on Friday, July 5 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road (three blocks south of Biesterfield Road), Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers will be at 9:30 am, followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 am Saturday, at Queen of the Rosary Church, 750 W. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village. Interment will be private at St. Michael Cemetery. For information, 847-640-0566 or www.grovememorialchapel.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from July 4 to July 5, 2013
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