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Dr. Jean A. Bowen
(02-11-1942 - 09-16-2017)

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Dr. Jean A. Bowen, aged 75, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois. Born on February 11, 1942 in Joliet, Illinois to the late John and Helen (Olson) Gerber, she grew up in Fairbury, Illinois and was a graduate of Fairbury-Cropsey High School. Jean received a B. A. from Millikin University, a M.A. from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and a Dr. of Education from Loyola University. Jean began her career in education at Johns Hill Junior High School in Decatur, Illinois and then was a guidance counselor at Centennial High School in Champaign, Illinois. After she moved to Elgin she taught at Abbott Junior High School; was a guidance counselor, Assistant Principal, and head of the Fine Arts Academy at Larkin High School; and finally was the first Principal of South Elgin High School. She was active in the community and served in many organizations over the years. She was member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Elgin Junior Women’s Club, and Elgin Service Board. Her service included membership on the Board of the Community Crisis Center, the Board of the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame, and the Board of the U-46 Educational Foundation. A long time member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Elgin, Jean was a member of the choir and served in many capacities in the church. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and educator, Jean was also a dedicated advocate for all her students over the years. She will be missed by all of us. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gary: two sons; John T. (Jori) of Lindenhurst, Illinois and David A. (Christine) of Roselle, Illinois: three grandchildren; Camille, Drew, and Keira ;also by her sister, Janet (Tom) Mann, her brother John Gerber, and her brother Paul (Sharon) Gerber; and many nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:00 am at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1070 South Street, Elgin, Illinois (lunch to follow in the fellowship hall). Visitation will be on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Laird Funeral Home, 310 South State Street, Elgin, Illinois from 4 to 8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the U-46 Educational Foundation, 355 East Chicago Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120 for scholarships for South Elgin High School students. Interment will be at a later date in Fairbury, Illinois. Information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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