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ELGIN – The Honorable Judge Gene Nottolini, 69, of Elgin passed away on Sept. 5, 2013. He was born on July 9, 1944, in Elgin, the son of Dino and Margaret (Lamz) Nottolini.

Gene attended St. Joseph Grade School and St. Edward High School. He attended St. Louis University for undergrad and law school. He worked as an attorney from 1968 to 1984. In 1984, he was selected as an associate judge serving in traffic, felony, family and juvenile courts. Judge Nottolini was appointed circuit judge in 1989, elected in 1990 and retained by voters until his retirement in 2005. Judge Nottolini served as chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit from 1993 to 1996.

In 1983, Judge Nottolini was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2004, he was able to reserve a place for 50 attorneys from the Kane County Bar Association to be sworn in to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge Nottolini served as ethics advisor for the Kane County Board from 2008 to 2012, and was currently serving on the Ethics Boards for Sherman Hospital and Elgin Community College.

Survivors include the love of his life, Kay (McKeown) Nottolini, whom he married on Sept. 3, 1966; two sons, Gene Nottolini Jr. and Joseph Nottolini; five grandchildren, Augie, Izzy, Natalie, Sal and Vinny; a brother, Jules (Marylyn) Nottolini; his "favorite" sister-in-law, Colleen McKeown, along with many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Rick Nottolini.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 10, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin, with Rev. Richard Rosinski officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin and at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at church, until the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the , the Elgin Community Crisis Center, the Elgin Cosmopolitan Club and St. Thomas More Catholic Church or a . For information, call 847-741-8800 or visit www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Sept. 7, 2013
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