SYCAMORE – Edward J. Ganshirt, 89, of Sycamore, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, DeKalb.
Born Oct. 13, 1923, in Galena, Ill., to Andrew and Virginia (Peschang) Ganshirt, he graduated from Galena High School in 1941. He attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College (now NIU) until he enlisted in the U.S. Army
Air Corps in 1942. Assigned to the weather service, he studied at the University of Michigan
, and was stationed in Rantoul, and Wilmington, N.C. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to NISTC, completing a degree in mathematics and science in 1947.
After his graduation he became a math and physics teacher at Burlington High School. While in Burlington he met his future wife, Donna Schmidt. They married June 4, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, and became the parents of three sons and one daughter.
Earning a master's degree in education from NISTC in 1953, he became principal of Burlington High School in 1953. He remained in that position in 1970. During that time he oversaw the construction of Burlington Central High School.
In 1971, he and his family moved to Galena where he became the principal of K-8, eventually becoming principal of the Galena Primary School. He retired in 1983. He spent one year working as a tour director for Tri-State Tours in Galena before working at Galena Cellars Winery. He and his wife moved to Sycamore in 2002.
Mr. Ganshirt was a member of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, serving as the Red Cross safety officer; the NIU Alumni Association, serving as president in 1968-69; the Kane county Teachers' Credit Union Board; Phi Sigma Kappa National Fraternity; Galena Historical Society; Galena Community Development Foundation and the Sycamore American Legion. He received many accolades and awards from various organizations including being named an Honorary Chapter Farmer by the Future Farmers of America, the Community Builders Award from the Masons, and recognition for his work with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission for the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration, Boy Scouts of America U.S. Grant Pilgrimage, and Northwest Illinois Special Education District.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Donna; sons, Clark (Debbie) of Dundee, Mark of West Hollywood, Calif., and Kent (Melissa) of Jonesborough, Tenn.; daughter, Joanne of Sycamore; two grandchildren, Chad (Liz) of Homewood and Erin (Brian) Weick of Dundee; two great-grandsons, Chad and Caylum Ganshirt of Homewood; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Camaioni from the Newman Catholic Student Center officiating.
Memorials for Edward Ganshirt can be made to the DeKalb County Hospice in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
For information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com
or call 815-895-2833.