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Norm Rathje, beloved husband of Beverly, nee Bloom; brother-in-law to Marilyn and Maury Kaplan; passed away Friday evening, Dec. 9 at the age of 75 after a valiant battle with cancer. He lived at Sedgebrook Retirement Community in Lincolnshire, IL for the past six years. Norm was born in Cedar Rapids, IA, graduated from Marion High School and received his Master's degree in teaching from the University of Dubuque. In addition to being a teacher for more than 40 years, he was a football and wrestling coach, and he was in charge of CWT/ the off campus work program at Buffalo Grove High School. He will be dearly remembered by many including his family, nieces, nephews, neighbors, students, faculty, and friends. A memorial service is being planned for January and will be held at Sedgebrook.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Dec. 13, 2011
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