Jason R. Vander Woude, 42, died Monday, April 22, 2013. He was greatly loved by his family, friends and colleagues.
The son of Robert and Lois Vander Woude, Jason was born in Hammond, Ind., on April 4, 1971. He married Elizabeth I. Weninger on Dec. 31, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Olivia; parents, Robert and Lois; sister, Jodi Rana (Tony); nephews, Nick and Zachary; brother, Adam (Kim); nephew, Jake; and nieces, Paige and Averi.
Jason was a devoted son, father, loving husband and brother. His professional career spanned 18 years, all at Southeast Alternative School (SASED) in Naperville. He taught physical education, was a dean of students, and most recently, was the assistant principal. He also coached basketball at Southeast and at Lake Park High School. He received his B.A. from Northern Illinois University and his M.A. from North Central College.
He was a quiet, simple man who was known for making family, friends, colleagues and students feel safe and comfortable. Jason brought happiness to those around him with small gestures of kindness and love. He was organized, skilled and creative with his hands, and preferred to stay in the background, leading and guiding through support.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St., (corner of routes 25 and 64), St. Charles, IL 60174.
The Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva, IL 60134. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Olivia Vander Woude Trust Fund, Elizabeth Vander Woude, Trustee, 768 Pioneer Court, West Chicago, IL 60185.
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