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The Northwest Side Branch mourns the loss of our dear friend and colleague Fred Purcell. Fred lost his battle with ALS on Sept. 19. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Gordon Ziols recently helped his brother Ron celebrate his 65th birthday by riding their bikes 440 miles from St. Paul, MN, to Park Ridge. They completed the trip in six days and especially enjoyed the ride along the scenic Mississippi River Trail.
Tom Schneider spent most weekends this summer in Door County with his two girls, Sarah and Margaret, enjoying the great weather, boating and fishing. Tom also had a chance to meet one of the greatest hockey goalies of all time – Tony Esposito.
Bruce Swantek is enjoying the good life living at The Villages in Orlando, FL. How could he not? There are 500 holes of golf to play. Bruce is proud of his son Jason, an oral surgeon in Janesville, WI, who married Sarah Stuntebeck on June 3 in Minocqua, WI, at the Coons Lodge. Congratulations to the Swantek family!
The last official Dental Arts Club function for outgoing president Robert Moll was held Aug. 2 at the Polish Museum of America. In attendance from our branch were Chester Klos with his wife Dagmar, Daniel Janowski and his wife Candice, and Mary Starsiak and her family. If you have not been to a Dental Arts Club function, put it high on your to-do list. The Starsiaks had a special reason to celebrate. Their mother Virginia celebrated her 95th birthday the day before!
Later in August at the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) annual meeting, Mary Starsiak was elected its next president-elect. CRDTS is a testing service made up of 19 state boards of dentistry. Not stopping there, Mary is also the new vice regent of the International College of Dentists for Illinois. Way to go, Mary!
Bisco Inc. hosted a factory tour for Northwest Side Branch members at its Schaumburg facility. Spencer Bloom, Larisa Spirtovic and Dave Wojtowicz were among the many members who toured the facility.
George Frayn attended the International Academy of Gnathology meeting in September at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA. The meeting featured three days of evidence-based presentations on a variety of advanced restorative topics, many by dental school department heads. Great social events followed each evening, including a gala with live music.
Robert Busan and his wife Alice celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in Mexico by relaxing at the enchanting Riviera Maya.
Jeff Ruttencutter and Priscilla Chang recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Harper Chang Ruttencutter.
Larry Kolar has enjoyed volunteering for Maine South High School’s local music programs. His daughter Stephanie pulls double duty, performing on the J.V. Hawkettes competitive dance team and playing clarinet with the school marching band! Larry was recently inducted into the International College of Dentists at the American Dental Association Annual Session in November.
It was a busy October for the DiFranco family. Paul DiFranco and his wife Alison welcomed twin girls Zoe and Lexi. Meanwhile, Chuck DiFranco and his wife Marissa brought home a new baby girl Liana to be the kid sister to their 18-month-old daughter Siena!
Michele Bogacki, her husband John, and daughters Olivia and Natale were spotted in Evanston at Ryan Field as her alma mater, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, trounced the Northwestern University Wildcats 40-10. Rumor has it that John and Michele are looking for a bigger house on Como Lake.
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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