DeKALB – Kathleen (Shaw) Blitzblau, formerly of DeKalb, Ill., passed away on Jan. 6, 2014, at OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford. She had been suffering from back surgeries.|
Kathleen was born on March 28, 1947, in Champaign, to parents Mary and Paul Shaw. They moved to DeKalb and lived there many years. Both parents have predeceased her.
Kathleen graduated from DeKalb High School in 1965. She attended Kendall College in Evanston. Later she received a Bachelor of science degree in education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She taught special education for 30 years.
On April 1, 1967, she married William Blitzblau of DeKalb and they had three children, Rebecca, Matthew and Benjamin, all born at the Glidden Hospital in DeKalb.
She is survived by William, granddaughter, Hailey, and sons, Matthew and Benjamin Blitzblau, all of Rockford; sister, Fanchion "Fancy," and brother, Frank, of Berwyn; and several nieces and nephews.
William and Kathleen's daughter, Rebecca, passed away Oct. 16, 1970, and her brother-in-law, David Blitzblau, March 18, 2013.
Services for Kathleen will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. The Rev. Dr. Blake Richter from Westminster Presbyterian Church of DeKalb will officiate and conduct services for Kathleen. Burial will take place at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.
Memorials can be given toward special education or wherever else one desires.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Jan. 14, 2014