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Kristine Andersen Marconi '94
Patricia Silk Plein '66
Thomas Gates '64

June 2015

Kristine Andersen Marconi - Class '94
Kristine Joy Andersen Marconi died on Saturday, May 23, 2015, after a nineteen month struggle with colon cancer. She lived a life of joy and love to the very end. Kristine leaves behind her beloved husband, John, and their children, Nicholas and Kathryn. Also her father, Judge Wayne (Sheila O'Brien) Andersen (ret.); her mother, Pamela Thomas; her siblings, Susan (Bekim) Rakoci and their daughters, Krenare, Nora, Liriana, Madeline, and Eliza; David (Michelle) Andersen and their children, Nathan and Rachel; Mary Andersen; Maureen Andersen; and Noreen Andersen. She dearly loved her husband's family: his mother, Diane Marconi; his siblings, Michelle and her daughter, Alexandra; Cheryl (Mark) Makowski and their daughter, Alyssa; and Joe (Amy) Marconi and their children, Hailey, Lia, Avery and Logan. She adored all her nieces and nephews and the abundance of extended family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins on both sides of the family. Kristine's personal formula for happiness consisted of three key factors: 1. Do life work that is meaningful and satisfying. 2. Find someone who loves and respects you to share your life with. 3. Make the choice to be happy every day. She loved both teaching and being home raising her children; her life work was both meaningful and satisfying. She had the most wonderful life partner in her husband, John. She chose to be happy every day, even while in treatment for her disease. From the moment of her diagnosis it was clear that she was already leading the life she loved, with people who adored her as much as she did them, and she was grateful for every precious moment. In a letter to friends and family that she sent on the anniversary of her first surgery, she wrote, "Honestly, I don't know why we are going through this, but every day I feel grateful that God has blessed me with everything we need to cope with such a journey no matter where it takes us. I am so lucky to have such a beautiful life, an incredible family, and all of you." Kristine was born on October 19, 1976. She grew up in Des Plaines and attended Maine West High School where she played soccer and was editor-in-chief of the yearbook. She began riding horses when she was four and became an accomplished equestrienne. Exercising and caring for the family's two horses was a major commitment that she continued into her thirties. Kristine graduated from the University of Illinois College of Education in 1998, a Dean's List student every semester. Her name was placed on the University's Bronze Tablet, an honor awarded to graduating seniors in the top 3% of their class. She later received a Master's Degree in Education from Concordia University. After graduation, Kristine taught for six and a half years at Orchard Place Elementary School in Des Plaines. She loved teaching and her students. She wept at the end of each year when she had to say goodbye to them. She maintained close friendships with the teachers and administrators well after she became a stay-athome mom. She married her high school sweetheart, John Marconi, on August 1, 1998, at the First United Methodist Church of Des Plaines. They bought a home in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and were blessed with two children, Nick and Kate, and two beautiful cats, Molly and Pebbles.She was active in her family's adventures. She was a room parent at Frank C Whiteley Elementary School, volunteered at holiday classroom parties and PTA events, and hosted play dates with her children's classmates whenever possible. Her family of four went on numerous trips, from Hawaii and Disney World to the Hershey's Chocolate Museum and Mall of America. They spent an entire summer in California, exploring the West Coast. She was always ready for a field trip and knew all the best spots in the Greater Chicago area for kids and families. In particular, she delighted in trips to Brookfield Zoo in every season. Kristine will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife and mother, an amazing daughter, an incredible sister, a good and caring friend, a hard w worker, a superior planner, a cheerful companion and someone who was a lot of fun to be with! She made long-lasting friendships everywhere she went - Orchard Place School, Whiteley School, around the neighborhood. She treasured all these friendships and always managed to preserve time for her friends. She loved sports in general, but took special joy in the White Sox and her children's teams. She was thrilled to attend the White Sox 2005 World Series Championship Game 1 with her father and brother. In spite of her failing health, she was at White Sox opening day this year with John and the kids! Her children's athletic interests have ranged from team sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball to individual sports like bowling and gymnastics. Kristine was a faithful fan. She also put in several seasons as a soccer coach. She was always happy watching her children, nieces, and nephews participate in sports and school events. She enjoyed music immensely and even composed "theme songs" on the piano in honor of family members and close friends. If she could hear a tune in her head, she could play it on the recorder in any key. Kristine was grateful for the skilled and compassionate care she received from Dr. James Dolan, Dr. Robert Weisman, Dr. Timothy Lestingi and Dr. Blase Polite. She especially valued her relationship with her wonderful oncology nurse, Abbie Dillon. As she approached the end of her life, the kind nurses and doctors at Journey Care Hospice in Barrington, miraculously, were able to make her comfortable so that her last days could be enjoyed and cherished. The family will host a memorial service on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Our Saviour's United Methodist Church, 701 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL. There will be a visitation at the church starting at 2:30 p.m. The memorial service will start at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in the name of Kristine Marconi to Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513 or or 708-688-8670).

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on June 1, 2015



Patricia Silk Plein - Class '66
Patricia J. “Pat” Plein, age 67, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Evanston on April 17, 1948 to James W. and Margaret M. (Storck) Silk. After living in Yerington, Nevada, for seven years, she returned to McHenry to be with family. Pat was a nurse for several years before becoming a homemaker. Pat loved spending time with her family and friends and watching her grandchildren play. She also enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, and traveling to Lake Tahoe. Always a social person, Pat was charismatic and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her children, Jeff Simek of McHenry, Julie (Neil Crumpton) Simek of Chicago, and Melissa (Loren) LaShelle of McHenry. Also surviving are her four beloved grandchildren, Natalie and Matthew Simek, and Alex and Benjamin LaShelle. She leaves her siblings, Ron (Arlette) Silk, Sandy (Roger) Nick, Jackie (Joe Davids) McMahon, and Mike (Sue) Silk, as well as many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends in Illinois and Nevada. She is preceded in death by her father in 1984, and her mother in 2015. A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home and Crematory; 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, IL 60050. Interment will be private. For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, please send memorials in her name to JourneyCare Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010,

Published in the Northwest Herald on June 17, 2015


Thomas Gates - Class '64
Thomas J. Gates, age 69, of West Dundee, formerly of the Mt. Prospect and Arlington Heights areas, passed away on Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2015 at the Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Des Plaines on April 22, 1946 and was the son of the late Walter L. and Kathleen M. Gates. Tom and Pat made their home in West Dundee for the past 18 years and he was a former 20 year employee of Panasonic where he worked as a Logistics Director. Tom is survived by his wife of almost 49 years: Patricia A. "Pat" their children: Gregory (Michelle) Gates and Becky (Carl) Pietraszewski and his four grandchildren; Kelsie and Andrew Gates and Luke and Lilah Pietraszewski. Other survivors include his brothers and sisters: Dave (Mary Anne) and Bob (Barb) Gates, Lorry Miceli, Chris (Jim) Trickey, Bernadette Gates-Thomas, Joe Gates and Terry Medley as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his brothers: Anthony and Walter Gates and his sister; Kathleen Taylor. Funeral Services will be held on Monday evening at 7:30 P.M. in the Miller Funeral Home, 504 W. Main St., West Dundee. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 P.M. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Little Sisters of the Assumption, 333 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029. To leave an on-line condolence, please visit
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Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on June 6, 2015