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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
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.
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