Born: Oct. 11, 1950|
Died: April 9, 2014
GENEVA – Stanley ""Gibby"" A. Monokoski, 63 of Geneva, passed away Wednesday April 9, 2014, at Journey Care Hospice. He was born Oct. 11, 1950, in Chicago, the son of the late Stanley and Helene (Washko) Monokoski.
Gibby graduated from Northern Illinois School of Music with his BA and MA in music and engaged in Ph.D. studies at Northwestern University.He was a professor of music/instrumental at Waubonsee, where he taught music theory, composition, music literature and jazz piano, while coordinating the music performance program for more than 39 years. Among his honors, he was awarded as the teacher of the year in 1987 among all Illinois community colleges. He also was past president of the Fox Valley Symphony until it closed in 2001; he also served on the board of directors for Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame. In addition, he received the Fox Valley Orchestra's first-ever Champion of the Arts award for his dedication to the arts and education in the Fox Valley. He was well-loved by his students and colleagues.
Gibby is survived by his loving wife, Susan Rogaliner of Geneva; his step-daughter, Amy Rogaliner of Chicago; his sisters, Dolores (Jack) Nelson of Palos Park, Carole Drust of Marietta, Ga., Beverly (Edwin) Lezaj of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Linda (Michael) Ruberto of Clearwater, Fla.; his many nieces and nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. following the visitation at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Waubonsee Community College Foundation, Gibby Monokoski Scholarship Fund, 47 Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.
For information, please call 630-466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Kane County Chronicle from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2014