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Robert M. Ducay, 79, Accountant
Robert Michael Ducay, 79, a Brookfield resident and accountant, died Jan. 25, 2006 at his home.

Mr. Ducay was born on Aug. 13, 1926 in Chicago to Michael and Elizabeth Ducay. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Edward J. (Diane) Ducay. He is survived by his brother, William M. (Audrey) Ducay of Westmont; his nieces, Ann Ducay, Amy Ducay, Sharon Werner and Debbie Ducay; his nephews, Kevin Rosenberg, Martin Ducay, Kurt Werner and Aaron Mitchell; his great nieces, Amanda, Jen and Anna; and his great nephews, Jeremy, Josh, Jacob and Aaron.

A funeral service, officiated by the Pastor Dennis Lauritsen, was held Jan. 30 at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, Riverside, followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park.

Memorial contributions were appreciated to St. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside, Ill. 60546.

Mary Grace Cross Selbach, 90, Former Riverside resident
Mary Grace "Meg" Cross Selbach, 90, a resident of Pine Grove, Calif. and former resident of Riverside, died Jan. 17, 2006 at her home.

Born on May 8, 1915 to Gertrude and Alfred Cross II of Riverside, Ms. Selbach graduated from Riverside-Brookfield High School in 1933. She worked in Chicago for several years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy as a WAVE during World War II. She was stationed at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif.

While in Oakland, she met her husband, William Taylor Selbach. They were married at her grandparents' home on Scottswood Road in Riverside on June 8, 1946, and the couple made their home in the San Francisco Bay area.

Ms. Selbach cherished her childhood in Riverside. She loved ice skating on the river in the winter and playing baseball in the park during the summer. In her adult life she always stayed active, enjoying sailing, swimming, fishing, golfing, painting and walking her dogs.

Ms. Selbach was very generous to others. She was a devoted wife and mother, and was the center of her family's activities. She was a hospital volunteer at Merritt Hospital in Oakland for more than 20 years.

Ms. Selbach was always at the heart of social activities, because she loved to bring people together. Her 90th birthday bash was the highlight of her last summer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; her brother, Tom Cross; and her sister, Virginia Cross West.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Cross Perry of Gays Mills, Wis.; her daughters, Katherine Adams of Spokane, Wash.; Lynn Allen of Odessa, Wash.; and Susan Sequeira of Pine Grove; and her son, John Selbach of Alameda, Calif.

In her memory, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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