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Carl F. Flaks
(06-26-1938 - 12-21-2020)

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Carl F. Flaks
Carl Francis Flaks passed away on Dec. 21, 2020 at Amita St. Joseph Hospital. Carl was born on June 26, 1938 in Hinsdale, IL to Carl and Eleanor Flaks. He grew up in Ingleside, IL, attended Big Hollow School and Grant Community High School. He went on to earn a BS and MS degree from Illinois State Normal University.

A lifelong learner and educator, Carl began a thirty-seven year teaching career in Galesburg, IL, retiring as Social Studies Department Chair at Schaumburg High School. He was active in his IFT local and the Illinois Council of Social Studies, serving as President of both. He also served as an evaluator of teacher education programs for the IL State Board of Education and as a judge for the Hearst Foundation. Whether working with students or fellow educators, he wanted their experience to be rich and meaningful.

Carl never missed an opportunity to make his community better. As a member of FCC United Church of Christ Elgin he had many opportunities to volunteer. He taught Sunday School and served on several ministries, most recently as Chair of the Mission Grants Committee. He was involved in the Laotian Refugee Resettlement Program, Elgin Cooperative Ministry, and the Prison Release Program. Most notably, he led the Soup Kettle at FCC for 27 years, serving thousands of meals for those in need. Carl was also past president and an active member of the Elgin History Museum.

He was recognized as the first recipient of the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Award and always worked to embody the words of Quaker Missionary Etienne de Grellet. “I shall pass this way but once; and good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.’”

Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen; two sons: Jason (Chrissa) Flaks and Aaron Flaks; four grandchildren: Vivian, Eliana, Ethan, and Evelyn Flaks; a brother Kenneth (Freddie) Flaks; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Kim and Carol Kindschi; and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held for immediate family at FCC on Sat., Jan. 9 at
1:30 p.m. The service will be live-streamed on FCC’s YouTube channel. Visit
FCC-elgin.org for the link. Interment at Bluff City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin, IL 60120 or the Illinois Railway Museum, P.O. Box 427, Union, IL 60180.

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