Alumnae Obituaries

Obituaries 2000s

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  • Class of 2000

    Ann Marie Bell, age 21, of Winfield. Beloved daughter of Stephen Bell and Roberta ''Bobbi'' Bell, nee Sobieski; loving sister of Michael (Melissa) Hogan, Melissa (George) Touvannis and Stephanie Bell; dear granddaughter of Kenneth and Jeanne Bell and the late John and Ann Sobieski; cherished friend of Gus Gomez, Mary Emrich and many others. Visitation Sunday 2 to 7 p.m. at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton (1 blk. E. of Naperville Road). Funeral Mass Monday 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church (new), 233 Church Rd., Winfield (please meet at church). Interment Assumption Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to Family Shelter Services, 605 E. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187 appreciated. Funeral info 630-668-0016. Published in Chicago Tribune on Oct. 26, 2003.

    Laura Jeanne (Stanley) Quaynor, 41, of Powder Springs, GA passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2023. She was born on April 6, 1982, in Glendale Heights, IL, to Keith and Dorothy Stanley. She graduated from Rosary High School in Aurora IL and went on to receive her Bachelors in African Studies and French with a minor in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols scholar and met and fell in love with a fellow student, Samuel Nii Djangmah Quaynor. They were married at the Emory University Chapel on December 22, 2007. Laura continued her education at Emory University in Atlanta, where she earned a Ph.D. in Educational Studies in 2012. 

    Laura was accomplished, ambitious and dynamic. She taught for 20 years; four years at the K-12 level, and the other 16 at the university level. She published 19 papers and traveled across the globe, from Savannah to South Africa, presenting her research and learning from others. She was always striving for excellence and to pursue her dream of, as she would say, “being the boss”, which led her to chairing the Advanced Studies in Education department within the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. In this role, she loved teaching and mentoring students, collaborating with both senior and junior colleagues, and drawing inspiration from both the humanity and intellectual rigor of everyone she encountered. She also served as a manuscript reviewer for publications such as Anthropology & Education Quarterly, on university committees, such as the Online Education Review Committee, and as chair of the Institutional Review Board Committee.

    Laura was passionate about travel, language, culture, and art. Wherever she went, whether in Plainfield or Paris, she celebrated the community in both her professional and personal life. Laura didn’t just visit a place, she became invested in it – learning the language and customs, eating the food, celebrating the art and history. Fluent in English and French, skilled in Gã, Twi, Slovak, and Spanish, Laura was able to connect with practically everyone. Starting from an early age, this lifestyle of authentic connection prompted a lifelong commitment to service across the country and around the globe, from tutoring for the International Rescue Committee, to volunteering with the Aiken Writing Project, to being an active partner in a school for refugee children in Liberia. 

    Together with her husband and four children, Laura moved down to Powder Springs, Georgia to realize their shared vision of living in a welcoming community where the family would continue to thrive. As a devoted mother, Laura loved spending time with each of her children and helping them know and love themselves. She adored spending time getting her nails done with her oldest daughter Leila, she relished each pickup soccer game in the backyard with her oldest son Lucas, she enjoyed the process of picking out new princess gowns with her youngest daughter Josephine, and she always made it a point to cuddle and play monster trucks with her youngest son Gabriel. As a devoted wife, she supported Sam through each step of medical school and collaborated as partners to dream and plan out the future. 

    She was a professor, a writer, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, and an incredible friend.

    Laura is survived by her loving husband Samuel Quaynor, daughters Leila and Josephine Quaynor, sons Lucas and Gabriel Quaynor, siblings Kathleen, Annmarie, and Robert Stanley, and parents Keith and Dorothy Stanley.

    The Public Visitation will be held before the service on Saturday, September 9, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, 4405 Marietta St, Powder Springs, GA 30127.  The Funeral Service will be held the immediately after the visitation on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, 4405 Marietta St, Powder Springs, GA 30127.

  • Class of 2002

    Michelle (Morgano) Zimmerman: Courageous fighter, Michelle (Morgano) Zimmerman, 29, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 10:33 p.m. Her battle against brain cancer began with her diagnosis in October 2012. After 4 surgeries and trying various treatments, the tumor proved too aggressive for further treatment. Her positive attitude and sense of humor were evident always. She impacted the doctors and nursing staffs at every facility she was admitted to and she shared her strength and encouragement with those in her support group at The Living Well in Geneva. Michelle was born on May 9, 1984, to John and Ruth (Thompson) Morgano in Arlington Heights. She attended Rosary High School in Aurora where she was a swimmer and played flute in the band. She also attended Waubonsee Community College where she earned a B.S.N.. Music was a large part of Michelle's life and her favorite bands were The Beatles (particularly George Harrison) and Kiss. Her love for the Beatles has been passed on to her daughter, Layla. Michelle is survived by her husband of 3 years, Mark, and her 2 year old daughter, Layla; her father John Morgano and step-mother Marianne of St. Charles; her mother Ruth (Thompson) Morgano of Batavia; brothers George and Howie and sisters Katie and Tasha of Batavia; paternal grandmother Nancy Morgano of St. Charles; maternal grandmother Marilyn Thompson of Troy, MI; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Her cousin Janelle Reske and friend Kristen White were particularly helpful during her stays at UIC, RIC and Northwestern in Chicago. She is also survived by friends and family too numerous to mention but certainly not forgotten who have walked her journey with her. She was preceded in death by, her paternal grandfather Peter Morgano, and maternal grandfather Howard Thompson. There will be a memorial visitation at Laird Funeral Home in Elgin from 4 to 8 PM Saturday, Feb. 22, with a memorial service at 7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, Michelle requested that donations be made to your local cancer research center or The American Cancer Society. Michelle will be deeply missed and loved forever. For information, visit or call 847-741-8800. Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2014

    Kathleen B. ''Katie'' Vaughan, age 20, suddenly, graduate of Rosary High School, Class of 2002, cherished daughter of TJ and Colleen, nee Chambers; loving sister of Brendan and Rory; beloved granddaughter of Veronica, nee Sullivan, and the late Ed Chambers and Annie, nee Moffett, and the late Nelson Vaughan; fond niece of Maureen (Bob) Casey and Eileen (Michael) Corcoran; dear cousin of Megan, Patrick and Maura Casey and Burke Corcoran. Memorial visitation Sunday 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 S. York Road (1/2 mi. N of St. Charles Rd.), Elmhurst. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Monday 11 a.m. at Saint Mary Catholic Church, 140 North Oakwood Avenue, West Chicago. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Reach for the Moon Foundation, P.O. Box 628, Batavia, IL 60510 or Saint Mary Catholic Church, West Chicago, IL 60185. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018; www.gibbonsfuneralhome.comPublished in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Dec. 10, 2004
  • Class of 2003

    Jaclyn Elizabeth Stevens, 38, of Aurora passed away Friday, December 29, 2023, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. Jaclyn was born June 1, 1985, in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Wayne and Karen (Long) Stevens.
    As a small child, Jackie started life walking to the beat of her own drum. If Jackie didn’t want to do something, or complete something, she didn’t! She would always stick to her guns. “Nooooo I’m done playing chutes and ladders, let’s do something else.” Silly joke that we have always teased her about. She would want this to be lighthearted and semi-funny. Even though she wasn’t great at jokes, she did have the most contagious and memorable laugh!! Plus, she majored in sarcasm, and her face could never lie.
    Jackie loved cars; she worked in the car industry for years. She knew her stuff and enjoyed hanging and keeping up with the guys. This pushed her to succeed and grow.
    Ever since Jackie was little, she has loved the finer things in life. She loved to be tan and get all dolled up, put something shiny on, and you can’t forget the purse to complete the look. Jackie even named her late, beloved weiner dog, Louie, after a bag. She will be thrilled to meet him at the rainbow bridge.
    Jack kept a very close-knit group of friends and family in her life. When she loved, she loved hard. Being an only child, her parents really were her everything. Unfortunately, losing her father tremendously dimmed her shine, and her mom’s decline in health also severely wore on her. She was loved by many, and we will cherish the memories we have with her.
    Jackie absolutely loved the sunshine and will now be shining down on all of us.
    She is survived by her mother Karen; her aunts and uncles, Ellen (John) Miller, Barbara (William) Hess, Elizabeth (Ralph) Follin and Brian Long; many cousins, her longtime friend Nikki Davis, her many friends and co-workers from Northwestern Medicine, and especially her adored loving puppy Cooper.

    She is preceded in death by her father Wayne Stevens.

    Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Friday, January 5, 2024, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. following the visitation.

    Memorial contributions may be directed to American Diabetes Association,

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  • Class of 2006

    Sarah Brown
  • Class of 2007

    Brandy Alexis Miller, age 17, of Yorkville, IL, died Friday, March 2, 2007 from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident. She was born March 21, 1989 in Hinsdale, IL. She was a senior at Rosary High School in Aurora, where she was on the Honor Roll, involved in the Orchestra, Glee Club, Drama Club, Bible Club, Ensemble and the Sisters of Cecilia, which provided music and prayers for the masses at Rosary High School. She was in the Band and Flags at Marmion High School, an Illinois State Scholar and was in several musicals at both Marmion and Rosary. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, where she was a Sunday School Aide. She was planning on attending Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL, where she was awarded both academic and music scholarships. Brandy is survived by her father, Kyle (Linda) Miller of St. Charles; her mother, Shari (Dave) Paver of Yorkville; three brothers, Alex, Kristopher and Michael; three sisters, Rachel, Kari and Sydnie; her paternal grandparents, Karl (Evelyn) of Three Lakes, WI; her maternal grandfather, Thomas (Dian) Hersam of Florida; her maternal grandmother, Janet Ross of Naperville; great-grandparents, Miriam Johnson of Iowa, and Marie Hersam of Burr Ridge. Rosary High School annually presents the Brandy Miller Memorial Award to an orchestra senior in recognition of outstanding leadership, dedication, musicianship and spirit.
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