Fathers of the Year to be named

n Recipients to be honored at Ethnic Heritage Museum’s June 12 music festival

The Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., will hold an international ethnic music festival from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 12 on the museum grounds. Listen to ethnic music, both instrumental and singing performances. Odessa Barmore of the musical group Freestyle will sing. Watch the Italian dance group Amici Italiani Folk Troupe and the Laotian dancers, both groups from Kishwaukee School. The Hispanic trumpeter group Masfioli & Friends and the Irish McNulty dancers will also perform. Admission is $2 adults, $1 children younger than 12 (members free).

Enjoy a delicious pork chop dinner for $6.50 plus a chance to be in the drawing for attendance prizes. Listen to speakers of the day, and find out who will be honored as “Father of the Year.” Children’s activities and crafts will be available. Enjoy the Ethnic Galleries with artifacts from Ireland, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Latino and African-American cultures.

Irish Father—Joseph G. McGraw

Joseph G. McGraw was born in Joliet, Ill., in 1955, second of the four children of Joseph W. McGraw and Mary Bertino McGraw. The family later moved to Manteno. He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee, then attended Illinois Benedictine College, where he earned two varsity letters in football. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in political science. He returned to the family blacksmithing business for a year to pay off college loans. He then moved to Chicago and worked in industry for five years before entering Northern Illinois University School of Law. He graduated with honors in 1985.

He married Gail Inskeep in 1990 in Rockford. They have five children: Kathleen, 13; Elizabeth and Victoria, 12; Margaret, 10; and Joseph, 7.

Joe McGraw began his legal career as a prosecutor. He was an assistant state’s attorney in Warren County, then in Winnebago County. He then worked in the field of civil litigation and opened his own firm in January 1995, The Law Office of Joseph P. McGraw, Ltd. He was appointed a circuit court judge for Winnebago and Boone counties in January 2002, and was elected to that position in November 2002.

He served two terms on the Winnebago County Board and has also served on the boards for Samaritan House and Youth for Christ Literacy Project. He presently serves on the boards of the Belvidere Mission and Rockford Community School. He is an instructor for the Rock Valley College Center for Learning in Retirement and a referee for AYSO.

Italian Father—Gary L. Marzorati

Gary L. Marzorati was born into an Italian-American family of five children and graduated from Rockford West High School. He attended Northern Illinois University and has been an active businessman and community leader for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Gayle, have four children and two grandchildren.

Marzorati is chairman of the Board of the MetroCentre, and has been a board member for seven years. His extensive business knowledge and time commitment have helped Centre Events evolve into first-class entertainment facilities. He visualizes Centre Events as gaining recognition as one of the best entertainment venues in the nation.

Active throughout his adult life in the Rockford area, Marzorati has served on numerous non-profit boards and helped other organizations raise funds for specific projects. Organizations from Burpee Museum’s JANE’s Birthday Celebration to the Rockford Catholic Foundation and the Junior Golf Association of Rockford, have benefited from his business expertise and fund-raising abilities. He was also chairman of Rockford’s On the Waterfront Festival in 1985-86, helping the festival grow from a small celebration to a major statewide festival/entertainment event.

Marzorati is an executive vice president with William Charles, Ltd., and has been with the company for 25 years. He is involved with the many facets of the solid waste industry, from managing the business to participating in regional and national professional trade associations and councils. His leadership and planning have grown this division of William Charles from one group with five employees to seven sites and more than 175 employees today. He also enjoys spending time with his family, golf, running and dancing.

Latino Father—Andrew Campos, Sr.

Andrew Campos was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Mequette, Texas, to migrant farm workers, Joaquin and Lorenza Flores Campos. He had six brothers and sisters and was educated in the public schools of Fort Worth. His family moved to the Rockford area in 1956. He married, had four sons and two daughters, and has 17 grandchildren.

As a younger man, he realized that the minority community had to work harder to earn a decent wage and support their families. He decided to help his community by becoming involved in present community programs such as the Booker Washington Community Center, and Citizens Advisory Council that helped build a relationship between minorities and the police department. Also: West Side Community Organization, La Voz Latina, the Latin American Community Organization, Parent Advisory Council for Bilingual Education and the United Way Services. He was also involved in the Minority Oversight Committee for the Rockford School District and is currently involved in the Rockford Housing Authority.

Campos is presently employed by the State of Illinois implementing fair employment practices and equal employment opportunities for minorities in the community.

Polish Father—Gerald (Jerry) Broski

Gerald (Jerry) Broski was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1933. He attended St. Adalbert’s Grade School and Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School, graduating in 1951. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1955.

Broski served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He then joined the public accounting firm of Seidman & Seidman in Grand Rapids and became a CPA. He married Suzanne in 1958. Their oldest son, Mike, was born in 1960, and their daughter, Lisa Ann in 1962.

The family moved to Rockford in 1964 when Jerry went to work at Rockford Screw Products Company as assistant treasurer. Their second son, Kurt, was born in 1965. Jerry worked at Rockford Products for 20-plus years, serving as president from 1980 to 1984. Subsequently, he worked at Williams Manny Insurance, JL Clark Manufacturing, and at Rockford College for 12 years. Now he works part time at Entre Computer Solutions with both his sons, who own the business. His daughter, Lisa, is an art teacher in the Rockford School District and president of Rock River Council Girl Scouts.

Jerry and Suzanne are very proud of their children and their seven grandchildren. All have accomplished success as good citizens, both at work and as community volunteers.

African-American Father—

Samuel D. Gaynor

Samuel “Sam” Gaynor was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Rockford to Isaiah and Lucille Gaynor. He graduated from West High in June 1950 and went on to Fayetteville State Teachers College, where he earned a B.S. degree in elementary education in 1954.

He married the former Carol Jean Gerald on May 31, 1955. They have three children. Rodney, the oldest, and his wife Gwen live in Champaign, Ill. The oldest daughter, M. Karyl, lives in Atlanta, Ga. The youngest, Deanna LeShoure, is a Certified Nursing Assistant and licensed cosmetologist, residing in Rockford. Sam and Jean celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 31.

From November 1955 to November 1957, Gaynor served in the U.S. Army as part of the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

Returning to Rockford in December 1957, Gaynor applied for a position with the Rockford Police Department and was sworn in June 2, 1958. After working as a patrol officer, he was promoted to traffic accident investigating officer. From there, he was promoted to detective in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. After successfully passing the promotional exam, he became a sergeant. Gaynor was later promoted to lieutenant and then captain. Later, Chief William Fitzpatrick appointed him a

s deputy chief of operations.

Gaynor has been a member of the following boards of directors: Rosecrance, Family Advocate Inc., Red Cross, Youth Services Network and Janet Wattles.

Lithuanian Father—Joseph F. Sinkiawic

Lifelong resident of the Loves Park area, Joseph F. Sinkiawic is well known as an educator and a political and civic leader. He attended schools in the Harlem School District No. 122, graduating from Harlem High School. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1947 with a B.S.E. degree and from the University of Illinois in 1951 with a master’s in educational administration and as a geographer. He also completed additional postgraduate work there. Sinkiawic was a classroom teacher for eight years and a school administrator for 24 years before retiring in 1979 after 32 years in the Harlem School District.

He was elected alderman in 1951, remaining there until he was elected mayor in 1977. He served five terms as mayor until April 30, 1997. As an alderman, he served on every committee and chaired the Finance Committee for 23 years.

Sinkiawic married the former Mabel Cockrum, who is now deceased. They had three sons and two daughters.

In October 1991 in Chicago, Mayor Sinkiawic was unanimously elected president of the Illinois Municipal League at their 78th annual meeting. The Illinois Municipal League represents 991 of the 1,279 Illinois committees from Chicago to Cairo and from Quincy to Danville. The League membership represents 98 percent of the Illinois muncipal population and 84 percent of the total Illinois population. Over the years, Sinkiawic has received a number of special awards, including special recognition as a teacher-principal, community leader, and elected official during the Harlem School District’s 80th Anniversary celebration in June 1990. He also received an Outstanding Citizens Committee Award from the Rockford Park District for his involvement in establishing an all-year recreational program for all citizens. He has been a member of several organizations including the Northern Illinois Mayors Association, Chairman of the Rockford Urban Transportatoin Policy Committee, National League of Cities, Rotary, Lions, Moose, VFW and the American Legion. He has also served on the board of directors for Park Food Pantry and Rockford-Loves Park Phantom Regiment and in the past on the Winnebago County Council on Aging and others.

From the June 1-7, 2005, issue

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