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Stuart Alan Mansfield

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Stuart Alan Mansfield

Born: October 20, 1928; in Nokomis, IL

Died: November 3, 2018; in Geneva, IL

Stuart Alan Mansfield, 90, a resident of Geneva and St. Charles for nearly 50 years, passed away November 3 at Greenfields of Geneva, surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 20, 1928, in Nokomis, Illinois, the son of Harold and Ruth (Hayden) Mansfield, and grew up in St. Louis and southern Illinois. After two years at Washington University in St. Louis, he served in Korea as a private first class with the U.S. Army 45th Infantry Division from 1951 to 1952.

Soon afterward, he met his wife of 61 years, Gloria (Feezle), in St. Louis. In the mid-1960s, with two small children and a full-time job, Stuart finished his bachelor's degree and earned a master's degree at Illinois State University to prepare for a new career in education.

From 1971 to 1994, Stuart taught English at Geneva Community High School, where his patience, caring and dry wit made him a popular teacher. He was an advisor to the student newspaper for many years. After his retirement, Stuart was a part-time copy editor and proofreader for the Geneva Republican, happily working for and alongside some of his former journalism students. He also was a literacy tutor for incarcerated youth through the Jump Start program. Stuart was a significantly talented writer whose elegantly spare prose shone in newspaper columns, personal letters and essays, including reflections on his time as a soldier.

Stuart loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. For more than 40 years, he was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, where he served on several committees and forged many close friendships. Stuart was a passionate moviegoer and avid traveler, and enjoyed music ranging from Stan Kenton to the Beatles to Smetana. He read widely; at home, he was seldom without a book in his hand. He adored ice cream, baseball, Frango mints and fall foliage. Humble, insightful, introspective and quick to find the humor in any situation, Stuart touched many lives and will be profoundly missed.

He is survived by Gloria; two daughters, Christy (Joel) Bauer of Sycamore and Gail Mansfield (David Dowling) of Chicago; two grandsons, Trevor (Amy) Bauer of Sugar Grove and Alex (Melanie) Bauer of St. Charles; a sister, Donna Mansfield (Charles Giles) of Chapala, Mexico; and a joyfully awaited great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ardith (Lawrence) Radick.

A service celebrating Stuart's life is planned for January.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Road Home Program at the Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush or to Northwestern Medicine Hospice.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Nov. 8, 2018
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