David J. Abram, 75, layout artist for Brookfield history book

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David J. Abram, 75, a longtime resident of Brookfield, died Feb. 24, 2013.

According to an entry about the Abram family in the book Brookfield, Illinois: A History, Mr. Abram was born Dec. 16, 1937 in Philadelphia. He served in the U.S. Army and in the early 1960s came to Chicago, where he met his future wife Stella Fransen, who came to Chicago from rural Byron, Ill.

They married and lived in Chicago until 1970, when their first son was born. The couple ended up buying an old frame home on Woodside Avenue in the Hollywood section of Brookfield and never left.

Sprucing up their 1895 home got the Abrams interested in local history, and both played important roles in the production of Brookfield, Illinois: A History, published in 1994. Mrs. Abram was one of the writers of the book while Mr. Abram, an advertising artist by profession, handled the page design and layout duties.

Mr. Abram was also an active member of the Hollywood Citizens Association and Brookfield Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife, Stella Abram (nee Fransen); his children, Todd A. (Julia) Abram and Douglas J. Abram; and his grandson, John D. Abram. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jacqueline Barry.

Funeral services were private.

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

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