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Rachel Schulien Balmer of Libertyville Rachel Schulien Balmer, 36, passed away on Feb. 5, 2013, of complications resulting from surgery to remove a brain tumor. Born March 23, 1976, Rachel grew up in Libertyville, attended Lake Forest Academy, and graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a degree in chemical engineering. Since 2001, she was employed with Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. as a principal engineer. Rachel is survived by her husband of 15 years, Jon Balmer; her daughter Eliza; her mother, Janice Schulien; her six siblings, John (Heather) Schulien, Rita (James) MacAyeal, Keith Schulien, Ruth Ann Schulien, Valerie (Alex) Terray and Karen (Wayne Saxe) Schulien; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, John Schulien. Rachel loved music, skiing, traveling, cooking, puzzles and math. She was a devoted and loving mother and she brought joy to her family and friends. She will be remembered always for her bright smile, warm sense of humor, and caring spirit. Rachel chose to be an organ donor, and so in her passing she gave the gift of life to many others. Visitation and a funeral service will be held this Saturday, Feb. 9, at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home Ltd., 120 W. Park Ave. (Route 176, one block west of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. and visitation will continue until 9 p.m. There will be a private interment at Ascension Cemetery on Monday. Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Brain Tumor Association (www.abta.org). For information, 847-362-3009 or please sign the guestbook at www.burnettdane.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2013
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