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Judy (Ilvonen) Shannon Obituary
Judy Shannon passed away peacefully in the morning of February 24 in Seattle, Washington. She was 81.
Judy was born on August 6, 1936 in Conneaut, Ohio to Paul and Katherine Milakovich Ilvonen. After graduating from Rowe High School, she earned a degree in English from Thiel College. She would go on to earn an MA in teaching from Michigan State University along with two other masters degrees.
During her first teaching job in Adrian, Judy met and fell in love with an amazing man teaching down the hall from her, Bill Shannon. They married and moved to Hillsdale, where they became admired educators and raised their three children: Scott, Kaylene, and Kelley.
Judy's passion in life was teaching. A generation of Jonesville students will remember her uncompromising high standards in writing, conjugating and organization. It was a constant source of pleasure for her to hear from former students. She kept a thick folder of thank you notes from them detailing how much her teaching had helped them in college and into adulthood. Judy retired from teaching in 1996 and in 2007, she became the first living recipient to be placed on the Jonesville Community School's "Wall of Honor."
After retiring from teaching, Judy started a consulting business, providing workshops to teachers. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and became an enthusiastic crafter, traveling all over to attend arts and crafts workshops.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Bob Hamilton, her husband, Bill and her son, Scott. She is survived by her daughters Kaylene (Ric) and Kelley, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and siblings Karen, Roger, and Paul.
A celebration of Judy's life will be held on May 19, 2018. More details about the celebration will be forthcoming.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Mar. 3, 2018
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