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JoAnn Josephine Shaheen


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JoAnn Josephine Shaheen Obituary
JoAnn Josephine Shaheen 1928—2018
JoAnn Josephine Cox (Anderson) Shaheen, 89, died Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Wesley Willows Health Center in Rockford. JoAnn was born December 17, 1928, in Rockford to Everett and Lillian McCartney Cox. Married Thomas A. Shaheen on December 27, 1972, in Carmel, California. JoAnn held positions of increasing responsibility for 14 years in Rockford Public Schools, beginning as an teacher in Elementary. The Teacher Development Center (TDC) at Welsh School received the National Thom McAn Award while JoAnn was director. After 33 years as a school administrator in Illinois and New York she served as an adjunct professor, consultant and speaker. She co-authored several books in her drive as an advocate for every child to receive an excellent education. To the end JoAnn was supporting excellence in the Rockford Public Schools. JoAnn believed in the imperative nature of parents feeling ownership of their public schools if they truly mean to actualize high quality education. JoAnn created a teddy bear called Theodore Fairbear to be a friend and share experiences with children. JoAnn's vision with Theodore Fairbear was the embodiment of fairness. JoAnn dearly loved her Dandy Dinmont Terrier, Darby and her West Highland Terrier, Maggie. JoAnn graduated from West High School in 1946, then received a BA degree from Depauw University in 1950, Masters in Elementary Education from Rockford College in 1963, and Masters in Education Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1968, and Doctorate in Education Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1973. JoAnn is survived by stepson, Robert Shaheen; stepdaughter, Janice Shaheen; grandchildren, Rafiq Shaheen, Tash Shaheen and Chris Smith; great-granddaughter, Roselyn Smith; nine cousins; and four nephews. JoAnn was predeceased by her parents, husband, Thomas A. Shaheen; brother, Richard R. Cox. She was a member of Rockford Women's Club, Junior League, AAUW, PI BETA PHI.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Unitarian Universalist Church. Memorials may be given in her name to Rockford Area Arts Council Educators Memorial Fund, 713 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104, Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, Harlem Road, Loves Park, IL 61111, Booker T Washington Foundation for Education 1005 S. Court St., Rockford, IL 61102. To share a memory or send a condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12, 2018
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