Obituaries

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February 2018

Royleen Tipton - Teacher
John Bolm '63
Douglas Radloff '63
Dorothy Solheim - Teacher
Eugene Zuccarini - Teacher
Christie Wuertemburg Cotton '77


Royleen Tipton - PE Teacher
Royleen Marie Tipton passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 at her home in Hot Springs Village, AR. She was born in Kalamazoo MI on May 31, 1945. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Kathleen (Tolle) Tipton. Royleen demonstrated leadership, strength, a love for life and all it entailed. She graduated from Illinois State University in 1967 and began a very successful career as a teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Department Chairperson at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. Her 33-year career consisted of many memorable events including the development of an outstanding physical education curriculum, with a strong staff of teachers and activities to meet the needs of all students. She was inducted into the Maine West Coaches Hall of Fame and the Illinois State Athletic Hall of Fame. After arriving in Ely, Minnesota, she found the perfect place to spend summers, where she pursued her love of travel, spent hours devoted to biking, hiked and fished. When her lifetime love for golf ignited, she joined the Ely Golf Club where she was an active member of the Golf Board. The ladies league was where she used her talents as a golf teacher, rules interpreter for the group and their first-place golfer several years in a row. The junior golf program benefited from her generosity by purchasing youth club sets, building a chip and pitch practice area, and other materials for the club. She will be remembered for the countless clinics and lessons she so willingly gave. Royleen spent her retirement years battling Chordoma Cancer. Her fierce fight against all odds allowed her to play golf, ride her motorcycle and give hope, love and many blessings to all those she encountered. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church with Rev. Patti Butler officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to The Chordoma Foundation, Essentia East Range Hospice or Arkansas Hospice. A second Celebration of Life will be held in Ely, Minnesota in May.

 

John Bolm - Class '63
John Gary Bolm, age 72, of Green Valley, AZ, passed away February 8, 2018 of cancer. Born August 16, 1945 in Buffalo, NY, John was preceded in death by his parents, Doris (Englund) and John W. Bolm and his first wife, Karen S. Bolm. John was survived by his wife, Irma Bolm; his step-children; his brother, Jim Bolm; his nephew and nieces; and his best friend, Lee Tien Chang and his children. John grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois, completed his undergraduate degree at Augustana College and did his Master's and PhD in Geology at the University of Idaho. Before completing his PhD, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He lived in Alaska (1973 to 1987) where he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey. He then decided to leave Alaska and geology, moving to Arizona where he obtained a law degree and opened a practice in Tucson. John, a devout Lutheran, had a remarkable life full of adventures that should be part of a book. While in the Coast Guard, he caught a Russian fishing ship in American waters near Kodiak, Alaska, held them under arrest, and then played chess with them while the boat is being towed to base. He was an amazing story teller not only because he had a great memory but also because he could understand what human existence is all about. Everyone enjoyed his dry humor and ability to deliver a great punch line (twice). He positively impacted the life of many through his work, church and Mission to the Children in Mexico. John loved to travel, learn new languages and cultures and birding. He studied chess and read about the great chess masters, constantly looking to improve his game. In the last five years he found his new passion, Chinese Choir; its music moved him till the last days of his life. He was a protector, a mentor and a loving husband and friend. He will be missed by his family and friends. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 830 N. 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719, with a lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mission to the Children (www.missiontothechildren.org). Arrangements by FUNERARIA AZAHARES.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 18, 2018

Douglas Radloff - Class '63
Douglas W. Radloff, age 72, of Schaumburg, IL, passed away February 15, 2018. Douglas was active for 48 years with the North Maine Fire Protection District. Beloved son of the late William and Elizabeth Radloff. Former husband of Karen Gronke. Loving father of Laura (Erik) Rosland and Lynda (Richard) Romanski. Fond brother of David (the late Peggy) Radloff. Proud grandfather of Ian Rosland, Seth Rosland, Kaylee Romanski, and Matthew Romanski. Visitation Tuesday, February 20 from 3:00 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations to the 100 Club of Chicago, www.100clubchicago.org. For information, 847-699-9003 or glhillsfuneralhome.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Feb. 18, 2018

Dorothy Solheim Schalk - Business Ed Teacher
Dorothy L. Schalk passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Shorelight Memory Care. She was born in Racine, WI, June 26, 1927, daughter of the late Sigmund and Elizabeth (nee Bergsland) Solheim. Dorothy was a 1945 graduate of Park High School. After high school, she attended Augsburg College and graduated in 1949 majoring in business education. She furthered her education by getting a Master Degree in Business Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1960. She taught high school in Minnesota for several years before moving to the Chicago area and teaching at Maine East and Maine West High School where she met fellow teacher and future naval officer Bill Schalk. On December 22, 1966, they were united in marriage. For the next 20 years they traveled with the Navy and lived in Brunswick, GA; San Diego; Elgin, Scotland; Norfolk and Washington, D.C. Dorothy returned to Racine in 1986 and spent 25 years as a substitute teacher in Racine Unified. She loved teaching and enjoyed working with her students. She was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church, presently known as United Lutheran Church. Her love of Christ permeated her life. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, served as secretary on the church council, and worked in the church kitchen. Dorothy was also very athletic. She enjoyed skiing, golfing, softball, and tennis. She even pitched a no-hitter in a women’s softball league. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 51 years, Bill; brother-in-law, Stanford Nelson of Andover, MN; niece, Cheryl (nee Nelson) King (Richard) of Eden Prairie, MN; nephews, Steve Nelson (Angie) of Middleboro, MA, and David Nelson (Maureen) of Channessen, MN, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she also was preceded in death by her sister, Marcella Nelson and her brother, Russell G. Solheim. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 24, 11:00 A.M. at United Lutheran Church, 3825 Erie St. with Rev. John Bischoff officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family on Saturday at 10:00 until time of service at the church. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to United Lutheran Church or Kids First Fund are suggested by the family. A special thank you to her care givers at Shorelight Memory Care and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care. MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME 803 MAIN ST. RACINE, WI 53403 (262) 634-7888 Please send condolences to www.meredithfuneralhome.com

Eugene Zuccarini - Driver Ed Teacher & Counselor
Eugene Louis Zuccarini, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Lee Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Des Plaines, Illinois. Gene was born on December 23,1930 in Granville, Illinois to James and Mary (Orsini) Zuccarini. He spent his early childhood in Granville before his family moved to Ottawa, Illinois in 1940. An exceptional leader and athlete, Gene graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 1949. His mother Mary and devoted stepfather Sam Moore never missed a high school sporting event. Gene earned a full football and basketball scholarship to Western Illinois University where he was an accomplished student athlete. However, his college career was interrupted by the Korean War where he served a two year tour of U.S. Army duty in California and Korea. Upon returning home, Gene married the love of his life and high school sweetheart Beverly Bixler on November 28, 1953. Married for 64 years, Gene and Bev had three children, Steven, Robert and Susan. Delivering on a promise to Beverly, Gene resumed his college education. Graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree, he remained at WIU as an assistant football coach and earned his Master of Arts in Education degree. Always known as "Zucc", Gene had a distinguished teaching and coaching career. He began his profession at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois before moving to Maine East and Maine West High Schools in Park Ridge and Des Plaines, Illinois. In a career that spanned over four decades, Coach Zucc served as assistant or head coach of the football, basketball and golf teams for over 40 seasons. As a teacher, counselor and highly successful coach, he instilled in his students and players a competitive spirit that emphasized self-confidence and a steadfast belief that anything was possible in life if they were willing to work hard. Coach would never cut a player from his team if he or she demonstrated the will and desire to be a contributor. Zucc continued to give back to his community as the Chairman of the Des Plaines Youth Commission. He served as Golf Instructor and Supervisor of the Des Plaines Park District for 50 years and was a Life Member of the Des Plaines Elks Lodge. Gene was enshrined in the Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame and Western Illinois University Hall of Fame as an athlete and later inducted into the Maine West High School Coaches Hall of Fame. Gene remained close to his past teammates, colleagues and former students throughout his life. Always competitive, he loved golfing, fishing, bowling, billiards and playing cards with his children and grandchildren. Everyone knew that under Gene's feisty exterior, there was a kind and loving heart. His mischievous sense of humor and special twinkle in his eye will be dearly and forever missed. He is survived by his wife Beverly, sons Steven (Deborah) Zuccarini, Robert (Toni) Zuccarini and daughter Susan Zuccarini and his eight grandchildren, Shawna (Steven) Zsinko, and Ken (Kristin) Zuccarini; Angelina (Dan) Magnotta and Nicholas (Lisa) Zuccarini; Michael (Tanya) Chrystal , Sean (Danielle) Chrystal, Lauren Chrystal and Brendan Chrystal and four great grandchildren Colt and Kyle Zsinko, Angelo Zuccarini and Maximus Chrystal. Gene was predeceased by mother and stepfather, Mary and Sam Moore and sister Ida McDonald. His family wishes to thank Gene's caregivers: BrightStar Care, Lee Manor and Seasons Hospice for their kindness and compassion. Following Gene's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held in Des Plaines, Illinois at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Gene's honor to the Maine West Scholarship Fund, Attn: Eugene Zuccarini Scholarship, 1755 South Wolf Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 25, 2018

 

Christie Wuertemburg Cotton - Class '77
Christie Lynn Cotton was a woman loved by everybody she came into contact with. She was caring, sweet, funny, and she was the highlight of any event she was a part of. She is survived by her husband Dennis, her sons James & Billy, daughter in law Heather, and her two grandsons Phoenix & James Jr. Christie and Dennis currently own 8 Australian Shepard dogs. She loved to show & breed her aussies. She loved spending time with her boys daughter in law; Family meant the world to her. She was the kind of person to offer help to anybody who needed it at any time. She loved nature and animals. She was an extremely spirtual woman and was heavy in Christian faith. She took great pride in the life she had worked very hard for. After losing her own mother months before, during the early morning of February 16th 2018 at 59 years old she left us here on earth and was able to finally be at peace and no longer be in pain and suffering due to her illnesses. She no longer has to struggle every day.