George Rimbo officially took the reins as Lemont’s new fire chief July 18. More than a hundred local firefighters, elected officials and community members gathered at the Lemont Township Community Center to see him sworn in as chief. Rimbo was elected in April to his second term on the Lemont High School District 210 Board of Education, a position he continues to hold. Rimbo began his career with the Lemont Fire Protection District in April 1988 as an on-call firefighter, and was promoted to a full-time position the next year. He became a battalion chief in 2009. Prior to that he earned an associate’s degree in fire science from the College of DuPage in 1995, and a bachelor’s degree in fire service management from Southern Illinois University in 1999.
Tom Trefilek, a Glenbard District 87 Board of Education member, was inducted into Dominican University’s Hall of Fame in June for his basketball coaching success. Trefilek led the then-Rosary College Rebels women’s basketball team to four straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) championships from 1990 through 1993, appearing in three straight NAIA Division II national tournaments (1991-1993). His career record of 189-95 as head coach was amassed from 1986-94, and 2000-02. During the most successful five-year stretch in program history, his team posted a 139-27 record. Trefilek was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) NAIA Coach of the Year three times (1990, 1992 and 1993) in his career.
Omar Edward “Eddie” Allen, 80. Died July 16, 2013. He formerly served on the Mount Vernon Township High School board.
Charlene Arnold, 80. Died July 11, 2013. She previously served on the Western School board.
Margaret “Peg” Jean Allen Arnold, 64. Died July 21, 2013. She served two terms as a school board member for District 303 in St. Charles. Arnold started her early teaching career at the Elgin Academy before spending 17 years as a counselor at Kaneland Elementary and High Schools, finishing her career at District 94, in West Chicago.
Victor W. Bittner, 87. Died June 12, 2013. He formerly served as president and a member of the McLean County Unit District 5 school board for 16 years.
Katie Jackson Booker, 71. Died March 22, 2013. She served on the West Harvey- Dixmoor District 147 Board of Education from 1971 until her passing.
Steven K. Brown, 59. Died July 18, 2013. He formerly served as a Lexington CUSD 7 school board member for 16 years.
David L. Cheney, 82. Died June 6, 2013. He previously served on the Southeastern CUSD 337 Board of Education for 12 years.
George William Dennis, 89. Died July 6, 2013. He spent many years on the Seneca Grade School Board of Education and on the Seneca High School Board of Education.
Margaret “Maggie” Diskin, 82. Died June 18, 2013. She previously served six years on the Rankin school board.
Richard H. Foley, 87. Died July 6, 2013. He served on the Champaign school board, 1966-75.
Gerald E. “Jerry” Goss, 72. Died July 8, 2013. He was past president and member of the school board of Knoxville CUSD 202 ..
Geoffrey F. Grossman, 78. Died June 14, 2013. He was a former school board member in Pleasantdale District 107, Burr Ridge.
Salvador J. “Gus” Gutierrez, 82. Died July 17, 2013. He was a former member of the Joliet THSD 204 Board of Education.
M. Eugene “ Jobe” Hammond, 96. Died July 17, 2013. Beginning at the age of 21, he sat on the Adair School Board until the district consolidated with Macomb in 1953.
Michael H. Hess, 59. Died July 12, 2013. He had served on the Peru and Deer Park school boards.
Kenneth E. Kirkenslager, 82. Died June 20, 2013. He served on the Dallas City School Board, and the local city council and was Mayor Pro-Tem for two years.
Gladys E. Lauerman, nee Herman, 97. Died June 22, 2013. She served multiple terms on the Mascoutah CUSD 19 Board of Education.
Corwin Leeper, 80. Died June 15, 2013. He formerly served on the Illiopolis School Board for 22 years ..
Jan Alan Lindeman, 71. Died May 20, 2013. He served on the Oswego School District 308 Board of Education for eight years.
Arthur Eugene “Gene” McElravy, 93. Died June 29, 2013. He was member of the Cumberland School board.
Darryl E. Mitchell, 72. Died July 16, 2013. He formerly served on the Cherry Grade School board.
Earl Fred Murphey, 92. Died June 13, 2013. He served on the Rockdale school board and as a Village of Rockdale Trustee.
Melvin Eugene “Gene” Ohnesorge, 78. Died July 23, 2013. He served on the Stewardson-Strasburg School Board of Directors for nine years.
Wilson J. Park, 94. Died July 7, 2013. He was a former member of the Rochester CUSD 3A Board of Education.
Steven M. Pfeiffer, 58. Died June 11, 2013. He was a member of the Rochelle Elementary school board for over 20 years.
Charles E. Quartier, 84. Died June 10, 2013. He served on the Westville school board for four terms, and he also served on the Westville Village Board.
C. Richard Schertz, 90. Died June 10, 2013. He was a former member and president of the Gibson City school board and member of the steering committee to establish Parkland College.
E.B. Smart, 90. Died July 16, 2013. He served on the East Peoria Pleasant Hill school board and was president from 1965-66.
LyndaGaultSmith, 67. Died July 18, 2013. A current Niles Township High School Dist. 219 board member at the time of her passing, she was first elected to the Dist. 219 school board in 2001, and had a long history serving educational institutions and advocating on behalf of special education.
Richard Walter Sommers, 88. Died July 20, 2013. He formerly served on the Prophetstown Board of Education, where he was involved with the first addition to the high school and its new gym.
George Harry Spear, 85. Died June 19, 2013. He was a former member of the Quincy SD 172 school board.
David Lee Thomas, 71. Died July 22, 2013. He formerly served on the Lexington school board for two terms.
Harold Thompson, 77. Died June 21, 2013. He formerly served on the school board in Dupo.
Walter R. Thompson, 94. Died June 16, 2013. He had previously served on the Liberty school board and was president for several years.
Kathleen E. Turner, 91. Died June 13, 2013. She previously served on the school board of Palos CCSD 118, Palos Park.
Donald Glenn Warfel, 78. Died June 29, 2013. He previously served 26 years as Cumberland CUSD 77 school board treasurer and board member.
Melvin M. Weyeneth, 92. Died July 10, 2013. He previously served as a member and was past president of the school boards for Metamora’s grade school and high school districts.