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Grace Staver Rarity

September 4, 1921 January 22, 2016
Grace Staver Rarity
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Grace Staver Rarity, longtime resident of Oak Park, passed away January 22, 2016 in her Oak Park home where she lived for 65+ years. Grace was born on September 4, 1921 in Dodgeville, WI to (Belva) Mae Millard Staver and Joseph Louis Staver. The family lived in Mineral Point, WI and Grace graduated from Mineral Point High School in 1939. She went on to attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI and graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. During her senior year in college the Oak Park River Forest High School Superintendent and the Head of the Physical Education Department came to the University of Wisconsin campus to interview Grace for a teaching position at OPRFHS. She received the job offer and taught Physical Education at OPRFHS from 1943 to 1953. After choosing to stay home to raise her family, Grace rejoined the staff in 1973 as a Library Aide and then became the College & Career secretary until she retired in 1992. She was a proud member of the OPRFHS Super Doopers and also the Alumni Association. On June 17, 1950, Grace married George Patterson Rarity and they moved into their Oak Park home. When her husband, George, passed away in Feb. 2002 they had been married 51+ years. Many will recognize her house on the corner of Ridgeland and Pleasant Ave. that has a large "R" for Rarity on the side of the house. People will remember that her husband, George, built a skating rink in their backyard for many years during the winter months. For the past 20 years, Grace made sure ghosts appeared in the windows of her home/garage every October much to the delight of neighborhood children! Grace Rarity Staver loved children and during her college summers she was a counselor at Camp Nagawicka (associated with St. John's Military School). She was very active in the community and had been a volunteer/member of many clubs and organizations including the Austin Jr. Woman's Club, Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary, West Suburban Medical Center Auxiliary, Handcraft Club, Book Friends, and the OPRF Infant Welfare Society. She was an avid worker for Women's Society and Young Adult Groups. Grace had been a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1943. Most recently she was quite involved with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, their Social Welfare Sewing Group and the Forest Park Senior Center. Grace was a huge Chicago sports fan and spent many hours cheering on the Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, Cubs, and her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin Badgers. In 1945, she and her mother stood in line over night to purchase World Series tickets for the Chicago Cubs. Grace Rarity is survived by her daughter, Glenda Rarity (Trey) Stevens, and her son, Graham J. Rarity. She was the cherished grandmother of Jade Stevens (Tim) Grimms and Paige Stevens. Grace was a very special person who truly was a "rarity." She will be dearly missed by her family and her many, many friends! Memorial visitation will be Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 1 PM until time of service at 4 PM, at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, or the Oak Park and River Forest High School Scholarship Foundation��


Sunday, January 31st

4 p.m.��

Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home


Sunday, January 31st

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.��

Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home

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