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Car Crash Kills 2 Edgewater Residents

2 Chicago women killed, 2 hurt in DeKalb crash
Two 70-year-old Chicago women were killed and two others injured Monday when their car struck a semitrailer truck head-on in icy conditions in DeKalb, officials said today.
Killed were Sarah P. Conway and Mary T. Heidkamp, who both lived at St. Gertrude Parish in the Edgewater neighborhood on the city’s Far North Side. Two other women, members of the same parish, were flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
Their conditions were not available today.
The crash occurred after the women had attended a funeral of a longtime parishioner in DeKalb and were on their way home. The 2004 Toyota Camry crossed into oncoming traffic on Peace Road, just north of Fairview Drive, at 2:20 p.m. and hit the truck, DeKalb Sheriff Roger Scott said.
He said the roads were covered with snow and ice, which likely caused the car to lose control.
Today, members of the St. Gertrude community grieved the loss of two of their most devoted parishioners.
“They were the matriarchs,” said Marge Butzen, business/office manager of St. Gertrude’s. “Who is going to step into their shoes?”
All four women were the first to volunteer when it came to visiting nursing homes, organizing bake sales and attending funerals, as was the case Monday.
The two other women in the car, Joanne Steenveld, 70, of Skokie and Kathleen O’Toole, 75, of Edgewater were flown by helicopter to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Source: ChicagoBreakingNews.com

Additional related stories:

Edgewater church remembers 2 parishioners killed in car crash on icy road (Chicago Tribune)

2 North Side parishioners killed in crash (ABC 7 Chicago)

‘The gate of heaven had to swing open for them’
EDGEWATER Two giving members of parish die in crash on way from funeral
(Sun Times)


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