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Brashinger: Lincoln-Way area will miss popular pharmacy owner

Beverly Talluto

Beverly Talluto

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Updated: August 29, 2013 7:26PM



The Lincoln-Way area has lost a woman of considerable stature with the death July 6 of longtime Frankfort resident Beverly Talluto, 71, from breast cancer.

Talluto was a successful educator in the schools of pharmacy at several colleges and universities in Texas, Virginia, Nebraska, and Illinois for nearly 20 years. She was instrumental in the accreditations of the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy and the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.

Talluto held a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master’s degree in health science from Governors State University and a bachelor of science degree from UIC.

There’s much more to Talluto’s resume because she was quite an accomplished person. But the residents of the Lincoln-Way area will remember her as the woman who opened a pharmacy in Frankfort Square in the late 1970s, when stores often were not conveniently located, especially in an unincorporated area.

The Frankfort Square Pharmacy was one of the first businesses in a strip mall along St. Francis Road. It was not only a full-fledged pharmacy but a mini-department store.

Joe Talluto, Beverly’s husband, said she was “very sympathetic to moms in the area. On a number of occasions, I went to Toys R Us to pick up diapers” when the pharmacy ran out.

Shoppers could count on running to the pharmacy for those necessary household items that amount to a mini-emergency when you run out of them, such as thread or tape or some must-have school supply. It was a life-saving store in more ways than one.

And Talluto made sure there were appropriate gifts for all holidays and special occasions — cards, wrapping paper, ribbon and Fannie May candies if you couldn’t decide on a gift item.

It was a great place to shop, and Talluto’s warm personality and helpful attitude made it a place where people wanted to shop.

Talluto had that way about her. Mary Kenny, a 40-year resident of Frankfort Square and a nurse by training, took blood pressure readings free of charge for pharmacy patrons, another service Talluto offered.

It was good business, of course, but it was also Talluto’s nature to help others, Kenny said

That included bringing the Easter Bunny to Frankfort Square residents. Parents could bring Easter baskets to the pharmacy or purchase one there, and a 6-foot Easter bunny (Joe Talluto in a costume that Bev made) would deliver the baskets to children at home and greet others at the store.

“She was a good person who was concerned about the community,” Kenny said. “She was always willing to talk to you if you needed more information than you got from your doctor. She responded to any kind of need she saw in the community. It was never the same without her.”

But sadly, Frankfort Square eventually had to do without Talluto. In the early 1980s, she sold Frankfort Square Pharmacy following a car accident that left her unable to work.

She worked on her doctorate, and about five years after closing Frankfort Square Pharmacy, she opened the Wolf Road Pharmacy in Mokena. Talluto remained there until 1994 when she continued the second phase of her career in education.

She was a beloved wife of 47 years to Joe and mother of three — Charmaine Jackson, 46; Joe Talluto, 44, and Marc Talluto, 41.

The family requests that donations in Beverly’s memory be made to the Dr. Beverly A. Talluto Memorial Fund (a scholarship fund), www.givingtamhsc.edu/pharmacy, the American Cancer Society or any battered women’s shelter.



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