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Joan Parojcic


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Joan Parojcic Obituary
Joan J. Parojcic, nee Jakes, age 84, of Mount Prospect, IL passed away at her home on February 2, 2018. She was the beloved wife of the late Vlade "Walter" Parojcic for over 38 years; devoted mother of Eve (Carl) Lashley; fond sister of the late Harold (Marion) Jakes, the late Raymond (Geraldine) Van James, and the late Ireane (Johnny) Amble; loving aunt of Robert (Carol) Amble and many nieces and nephews; dear cousin to many, including the families of Charles C. (Jean) Kurtz and the late Gordon (Mae) Toudt Sr.; and a generous and caring friend to all. She was born July 19, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Michael and Thecla "Tillie" (Bartkiewicz) Jakubczak. Joan's quick wit, compassionate nature, positive attitude, keen sense of humor and determined spirit shone brightly throughout her life and in her work in education and public and school libraries. A graduate of Chicago's Carter H. Harrison Technical High School, Joan earned a B.E. from National College of Education (1954), an M.Ed. in School Library from Chicago Teachers College (1959), and an M.A.L.S. from Rosary College (1969). She began teaching in a Portland, Oregon public school 5th grade classroom (1954-1955), returned to the Chicago area to teach in a variety of roles at Hatch Elementary School, Oak Park (1955-1961), and later was a room assistant at Alcuin Montessori School, Oak Park (1973-1975). Joan also worked for Field Enterprises Educational Corp. as a research editor for Childcraft and a photo editor for World Book Encyclopedia (1961-1968). She worked as a public librarian at Hild Regional - Chicago Public Library (1969) and later as a high school librarian in District 214: first at Forest View High School (1983-1984), then retiring from Wheeling High School (1985-1998). Joan and her family took many memorable trips-across the USA and around the world, making lifelong friends along the way. In retirement, Joan enjoyed attending the opera and live theater, debating politics with her best friend and fellow Rosary alum Liz Gallanis, and spending time in the company of her family, pets, neighbors and friends. Service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations made in support of Joan's passions-education, libraries and animal rescue-or to your own favorite charity are appreciated.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, 2018
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