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Delbert Hack man, 98, died

Virginia Larsen, 84, died Janu-

Oronzo Peconio, 67, died January

December 24, 2017. He served on the

ary 26, 2018. She previously served

14, 2018. He was serving as president

Havana CUSD 126 Board of Education

on the Sycamore school board.

of the Fenton CHSD 100 Board of Edu-

for 18 years.

Paul Edwin “Pud” Leesman, 91,

cation in Bensenville. Superintendent

Thomas Michael Patrick Han-

died December 31, 2017. He served on

James Ongtengco said, “Oronzo was

nigan, 73, died December 17, 2017.

the Hartsburg-Emden Board of Edu-

not only a warm and caring human, he

He formerly served as treasurer of

cation for 15 years, eight as president,

was a fine board member and leader. He

the Illinois Association of School

and then served 20 years as an elected

was a Bison and bled Orange and Blue”

Boards (2003-2005), following a

representative on the Regional Board

Samuel C. Rinella Jr., 89, died

stint as an at-large officer of the

of School Trustees for Logan, Mason,

January 7, 2018. He formerly served

Lake Division of the Association. An

and Menard Counties.

as school board president for Quincy

attorney, he had previously served on

Richard A. “Dick” Liebig, 94,

Public Schools, and later as the board

the Fremont Board of Education for

died January 12, 2018. He was a past

president of the Catholic Boys High

five years and, subsequently, on the

president and a longtime member of

School, now Quincy Notre Dame.

Mundelein High school board for 20

the Quincy school board.

Allan W. Rosenberg, 71, died Jan-

years (1985-2005). He served several

Nancy McGaw Lindquist, 90,

uary 7, 2018. He was a former member

years as board president. Hannigan

died January 3, 2018. A resident of

of the Hawthorn District 73 Board of

was actively involved in the Munde-

Rockford, Nancy served on the school


lein community, serving on multiple

board for over 35 years, and previous-

Kenneth G. Russell, 98, died Jan-

business and community boards. One

ly taught in the public schools there.

uary 23, 2018. He was a member of the

of his greatest honors was winning

Irene Lillian Luck, 90, died

a Those Who Excel award from the

January 15, 2018. She served her

Roger C. “Doc” Stephens, 86, died

State Board of Education in 1996 for

community as a Glenview CCSD 63

January 25, 2018. A veterinarian, he

outstanding contributions to schools.

school board member, and as a Park

was a past president of the Mendon

He also was extremely proud of a Spe-

Ridge-Niles District 64 teacher.

CUSD 4 school board, and a member

cial Achievement Award presented

George L. Martens, 85, died Jan-

by the University of Dayton Alumni

uary 18, 2018. He previously served


on the Forreston school board.

Burlington Central school board.

of the Mendon Lions Club. James L. “Jim” Story, age 79, died January 27, 2018. Retired from Lock-

Paul Adam Heimrich, 94, died

Ronald Metzger, 64, died Janu-

port Township High School where he

December 20, 2017. He previously

ary 23, 2018. He served on the Jamai-

was a dedicated teacher and coach for

served for 10 years on the Freeburg

ca school board from 1997 to 2013,

33 years, he also served on the Lock-

CHSD 77 Board of Education.

including a stint as board president.

port Township High school board for

Arnold K. Hinrichs, 90, died

Allan O. Miller, 90, died Janu-

December 4, 2017. He had served on

ary 10, 2018. He served the Belleville

Judith Ann Thomson, 78, died

the Armstrong THSD 225 Board of

community with two terms on the

January 7, 2018. Thomson was the first


local school board.

woman elected to the Northwestern

12 years.

Ralph M. Johnson, 88, died

Carl W. “Bill” Nickerson, 97,

December 8, 2017. He formerly

died December 4, 2017. His commu-

served as a school board member for

nity involvement included serving as

Rudy Wilson, 82, died December

15 years in Maine Township District

school board president for Evergreen

4, 2017. He was the first black member

207 (Park Ridge). His 37-year career

Park ESD 124.

of the Edwardsville school board, even-

CUSD 2 Board of Education, serving one term.

in education was spent in Skokie/

Charles Nolte, 89, died Jan-

tually becoming board president, and

Morton Grove District 69, where he

uary 6, 2018. He was formerly a

serving a total of 18 years. Wilson was

was a teacher, principal, and super-

Brussels school board member for

also a professor in the education depart-

intendent of schools.

over 30 years.

ment at SIUE.



The Illinois School Board Journal, March/April 2018  

A bimonthly magazine for public school board members and administrators highlighting issues in education.

The Illinois School Board Journal, March/April 2018  

A bimonthly magazine for public school board members and administrators highlighting issues in education.