In Memoriam

As we are informed of the passing of a club member, spouse or immediate family member or the death of an Osco/Sav-on associate or former employee, we will post a write-up including bereavement details, job history and photos.  In addition to posting on the website, the memoriam may also appear in an edition of Connections.   If you have specific information or photos you would like to share please send via email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or via U.S. Mail to:

Osco/Sav-on Alumni Club
P.O. Box 1024
Lombard, Illinois 60148-8024

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On behalf of the Alumni Club, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones.


2019 October 27th; Richard "Dick" Allan Berray



Dick Berray  Richard "Dick" Allan Berray, 86, of Blackduck died on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society, Blackduck, MN.  Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Blackduck with Rev. John Yingling officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck, MN.

Dick was born on April 1, 1933 in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Claude and Lyla (Hulbert) Berray.  He graduated from Waterloo High School in 1951. He was part of the team that won the Iowa American Legion Baseball State Championship in 1950, where he earned the nickname “Yogi Berra”. In eighth grade he met his sweetheart Jacqueline “Jackie” Vich and on July 23, 1955 they were united in marriage in Waterloo, IA. He attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA graduating with a degree in pharmacy in 1955. He began working for Osco Drug in Iowa and over the years lived in several places in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, eventually working in Osco management. Dick and Jackie started taking family vacations to Blackduck in the 1960’s and moved to Blackduck Lake after his retirement in 1990.

He had resided at the Good Samaritan Senior Living, Blackduck for the past 7 years. Dick enjoyed golfing, fishing and woodcarving. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Blackduck, Blackduck Lions and the Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner in Iowa. He especially loved spending time with his family. Dick is survived by his 4 children, Mike (Karen) Berray of Austin, TX, Deb (Mike) Stephens of Terre Haute, IN, Toni (Rick) Masingill of Rockford, IL and Kathy (Jeff) Oelke of Blackduck, MN; 8 grandchildren, Igor, Yulia, Kevin, Craig, Nick, Matt, Jordan and Logan; 8 great-grandchildren, Kayden, Tristin, Aubree, Aria, Victoria, Lizzie, Haylen and Malcolm; brother-in-law, Joe (Troyce) Vich of Iowa; and a niece and a nephew. He is preceded in death by the love of his life and wife, Jackie in 2010; his parents; and brother, Bob Berray.

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2019 August 21st: Jane Armstrong-Byrne

Jane, known as Janie by almost everyone, passed away in Santa Rosa, California on August 21, 2019. She is survived by her beloved husband Tom Byrne, whom she married in January 1974.

Jane was born in Chicago and was raised in Downers Grove, Illinois. She attended Iowa State University and was an Institution Management Major in the Home Economics Department, graduating with high honors in 1957. After a year of Dietetic Internship, she became a Registered Dietician, something she maintained all her working career.

Her first job, at the American Dairy Association, Janie worked in the test kitchen testing and developing recipes for the Dairy Industry. In 1964 she became Director of Home Economics for the Wheat Flour Institute. In 1966 she was hired by Jewel Food Stores as their first Consumer Affairs person, becoming in 1971 the Vice President of Consumer Affairs and one of the very early Vice Presidents of a major US company. She was instrumental in Jewel’s effort to become a leader in programs that today shoppers take for granted. With Janie’s leadership, Jewel was the first to develop open dating on milk, dairy and other perishable products. Previously, freshness dates were in a code that no one could understand. She served on national committees, USDA and FDA, that developed nutritional labeling where a shopper could read the nutrient content of any canned or packaged product. She also led grocers to use unit pricing where the price per ounce was listed on all packaged products. Janie retired from a long career with Jewel in 1984.

Throughout her career she was a national expert on all things in food. She was a judge of the Pillsbury Bake Off three times and four times a judge at the National Chicken Cooking Contest, in addition to other culinary competitions.

Janie was a member of or participant in many national food and agriculture advisory boards and committees, as well as consumer and nutritional organizations. In 1970 she was named Outstanding Young Alumnus of Iowa State. In 2019 the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition granted her the department’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for her significant contributions to the dietetics and nutrition field.

She delighted in leading and the meticulous planning of many gourmet food trips throughout Europe for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. She personally led the first Chicago CFC trip around the world in the early 1960’s.

Janie and her husband Tom bought timber land on Diamond Mountain on Kortum Canyon Road above Calistoga in 1979. While still living in Illinois, they cleared the land, developed the property and planted a 10-acre vineyard. In 1992 the couple moved to California and built their home adjacent to the vineyard. They became active in vineyard management and development of what would become a world class Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard, known as Armstrong Ranch.

During the following years, Janie was very active in the Master Gardeners in Napa County. They sold the vineyard in 2017 and retired to Santa Rosa.

A dedicated and talented woman, she will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:00PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 1428 Spring Street, St. Helena. Private Interment, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, St. Helena.


*Here is Tom's address ...   2375 Range Ave.   Santa Rosa, CA  95403   If you are so inclined to send a note.

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2019 August 12th: Muriel M. Britton

Murial BritonMuriel M. Britton, 78, of Manchester, passed away on August 12th, 2019 surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Born November 27th to the late George and Irene Gauthier, she was a lifelong resident of Manchester. She was predeceased by her parents, and husband John E Britton Jr, who passed away in 2009.
Family members include her two children: son John E. Britton III and his wife Nancy of East Wakefield and daughter Kelly A. Britton and her partner Lesa Levasseur of Manchester, sisters Connie Gravel and her husband Donald of Dunbarton and Doris Lefebvre and her husband Mark of New London. She leaves four grandchildren: John E Britton IV of Hillsborough, Sarah Britton, her partner Nick Roketenetz and great-granddaughter Ivy of Hooksett, Joseph Britton of Manchester, and Hannah Britton of Nashua. She also leaves behind her beloved Maltese rescue dog Callie.
Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a cosmetician at Osco Drug for many years. More recently, she volunteered for Catholic Medical Center Surgical Services. She enjoyed spending time with family, crossword puzzles, gardening, and her favorite place was the beach.

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2019 August 4th: Dorothy “Dottie” Mullaney

Dorothy MulaneyDorothy “Dottie” Mullaney (née Burke)  left this earth early August 4 to be reunited with Jim, her recently departed husband and love of 52 years, in heaven with their Lord. Her devoted daughter, Kathryn and adoring niece, Kathy were by her side. She was born August 8, 1939 in Peckville, PA to John and Lucy (Carey) Burke, who preceded her in death along with her brothers Gerald, Patrick and Jack. She is survived by her best friend and sister, Mary (Burke) Price of Flemington, NJ and her greatest treasure, her daughter Kathryn (Dave Sorenson) of Milwaukee, WI. Her family moved from Jessup to Olyphant, PA where Dorothy spent her early years helping her father John in his drugstore across the street from their home. A graduate of Marywood Seminary High School, Dorothy opted into the “family business” and received her pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now University of the Sciences). While working at Andrew Brown’s drug store in Scranton, she met Jim Mullaney, a cousin of the Browns. After they married, Jim was transferred with US Steel and they relocated to the south suburbs of Chicago. Dottie was a pharmacist for St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights before embarking on her 25-year career as your “friendly neighborhood pharmacist” with Osco Drug. Dottie loved to garden and spent hours every day working in her yard, no matter the temperature, and was so proud to receive the Homewood Beautification award and the Homewood Landmark Award for her hard work. Never one to sit still, Dottie filled her days with her favorite activities, volunteered at The Village Door and on the Arts and Environment Committee for St. Joseph’s Church. Jim and Dottie traveled the country camping with their only child Kathryn in early years, often bringing cousins along with them, and stayed connected to Scranton with trips back every year and for every family occasion.  Following their retirement, they traveled the world, often with their friends, visiting over 15 countries, but loved no place better than their home on Hood Avenue, where they lived for 45 years and enjoyed the friendship and kindness of all their neighbors. Dottie will be remembered for her dedication to important acts of kindness.  Never did a birthday go without a card, a crisis happen without a casserole, or was a baby born without receiving their first books from Dorothy. She will also be remembered as the life of every party, and for her joy and appreciation of laughter and good times. Dorothy loved more than anything to laugh.

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2019 August 2nd: Gary W. Regelstad

Gary Wayne RegelstadGary W. Regelstad, 71, Audubon, MN, died Friday, August 2 at his residence on Big Cormorant Lake.  Gary was born May 2, 1948 in Grafton, ND to Lewis and Verna (Checkley) Regelstad. He attended elementary school in Grafton before moving to Casselton, ND. He graduated from Casselton High School in 1966, excelling in football, basketball and track. Gary attended pharmacy school at NDSU and during the summers he worked at his family’s grocery store in Casselton along with Quality Boneless Beef Supply in West Fargo. On June 6, 1970, Gary was united in marriage to Mary Dahlgren of Lake Park. Soon after marriage, Gary graduated from NDSU. They moved to Rugby, ND while Gary completed his internship at Baily’s Drug Store. In 1972, he accepted a position with Osco Drug in Kankakee, IL. While living in Kankakee, Gary and Mary adopted their son Karl. Gary transferred to Osco Drug in Moorhead in 1986. Since 1970, Gary and Mary enjoyed their lake home on Lake Ida, especially during the summers when relatives from Fargo and Winnipeg would come to the lake for vacations and the annual garbage can dinner. In 1997 they made their permanent home on Big Cormorant Lake . Gary completed his working career at the Prescription Shop and Sanford Pharmacy in Detroit Lakes, retiring in 2013.  In his spare time he enjoyed bowling, golfing, watching Bison football and everything that involved lake life.

Gary is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary of Audubon, MN, his son Karl Regelstad of Phoenix, AZ, one granddaughter, Kady Marie Regelstad of West Fargo, ND, one sister: Carol (Ken) Hopp of Fargo, ND, niece and nephew: Melinda (Brandon) Miller and Andy (Stephanie) Hopp both of Fargo, ND, along with several nieces and nephews on the Dahlgren side.

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