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Edward Walaitis was a self-taught artist whose professional work graced different mediums, from greeting cards to the Chicago Tribune Magazine.
He received many awards for his watercolors, from city scapes to carousel horses. "He was known for his versatility of subjects," said daughter Maria Walaitis Barrett.
Mr. Walaitis, 91, of New Buffalo, Mich., and formerly of Barrington, who once directed the Tribune's advertising art department, died Friday, Feb. 25, in his home of natural causes.
Born in Bayonne, N.J., Mr. Walaitis visited relatives in Lithuania with his mother when he was a year old. They were stranded there at the outbreak of World War I and remained there after the war. When he was 16 he moved to New York City, where he worked various jobs before becoming a commercial layout artist for Macy's Department Store.
In the early 1940s he moved to Chicago and worked for Montgomery Ward as an artist. He later did freelance work. In 1945, the year he married his wife, Marcia, Mr. Walaitis joined the advertising art department of the Tribune. He later became its director. He also spent 15 years in the editorial art department.
Other survivors include his son, Chester; daughter, ***** *****; and five grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. Wednesday until an 11:30 a.m. service in Petkus Lemont Funeral Home, 12401 S. Archer Ave., Lemont.
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