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Julianna Gehant Obituary

We invite you to share condolences for Julianna Gehant, 32, of Meridan, Illinois, who was killed in the Northern Illinois University shooting in DeKalb, Illinois, on February 14, 2008.

Julianna Gehant wasn't a certified teacher yet, but already she had people who couldn't wait to see her become one.

The 32-year-old from Meriden came to Northern Illinois University after a stint in the U.S. Army, where she taught construction. She wanted to teach elementary school.

She kept in touch with her teachers at her high school, Mendota Township High. Retired drama teacher Dave Schroeder remembered her an openhearted young woman with a keen sense of humor and warm laugh. In her 2007 Christmas card, she wrote, "I have four more semesters until I'm qualified to teach second graders."

"I told her I wanted to be one of the first ones to give her a recommendation" for the job, he said. "It's just a terrible loss," Schroeder said.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press
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