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Betty Solyom, 105, died on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Pinecrest Village, Mount Morris. Born Mary Elizabeth Van Kirk in Chicago, she moved to Elgin and taught at Abbot Junior High. She married Val Solyom (dec.) in 1942. A dedicated teacher, she taught middle school and in several area high schools, then retired and tutored at Elgin Community College--a career lasting over 50 years. Survived by sons Larry (Donna) and Garrett (Bron), grandsons David (Kelly) and Eric (Chris), and five great grandchildren, Andrew and Jackson, and Nicholas, Gabriel and Benjamin. Dearly loved by her family, many friends and former students. A memorial gathering will be held at the Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street, Elgin, Sunday, August 12, 2018, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Stories and remembrances begin at 3:00 p.m. Donations to Easter Seals (easterseals.com) or the Sierra Club (sierraclub.org/commemoratives) or the would be appreciated.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Aug. 10, 2018
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