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Evergreen Park street sign will honor Bosch

  • Written by Joe Boyle

Jerry Bosch’s legacy will continue with the assistance of members of the Evergreen Park Board of Trustees, who approved a commemorative street sign in his honor during the meeting held on June 4.

Bosch, 81, who died in April, was an Evergreen Park trustee for 28 years. Trustee Carol Kyle said that Bosch was involved in many organizations and helped to create several village programs.

“He helped to organize and get the Village Pantry going,” said Kyle, who is a volunteer at the Village Pantry. “Jerry did a lot for the village.”

While the vote was unanimous, the board did not want the commemorative street sign to be unveiled soon.

“Everybody felt it was best to wait until Aug. 1, which was his birthday,” said Mayor James Sexton.

Sexton knew Bosch from over the years during his years going back to when he was also a trustee. The mayor said that Bosch worked hard on various projects and the organizations he was affiliated with.

“He was a very hardworking, very involved individual,” Sexton said about Bosch. “He was involved with so many organizations like the Northwest Boosters, Evergreen Park Baseball and he helped to organize the Evergreen Park Historical Commission.”

The street dedication that is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1 will take place at the corner of 93rdStreet and Central Park.

Bosch also taught in the Chicago Public Schools for over 30 years. He also taught at St. Rita High School and the former Luther South High School. He was also involved as a legislative liaison and an ADA commissioner. He was also affiliated with the Illinois Municipal League, Evergreen Park Boys Club, Most Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society and the St. Joseph’s College Alumni Board.

“The honor for him is very deserving.” Sexton said. “He was active in a lot of organizations and worked hard for the village.”

Sexton later commented on activities that will be taking place in Evergreen Park within the next month. The annual Independence Day Parade will take place along 95th Street beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. July 3. A fireworks show will follow at Duffy Park, 9100 S. Millard Ave.

“It’s just a good time of the year for everybody,” Sexton said. “It’s a busy, busy time of the year. It’s a good time for everyone to get together. People who are not even from here anymore come in for the parade and other events. It’s really special.