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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of James Paul "Jim" Sczepaniak, who passed
4away on November 9, 2014; and
5    WHEREAS, James Sczepaniak was born on December 1, 1935 in
6Joliet; his parents were Stanley and Rose (nee Petan)
7Sczepaniak; he was a lifetime resident of Joliet; and
8    WHEREAS, James Sczepaniak graduated from St. Joseph
9Catholic Grade School, Joliet Township High School District 204
10(Class of 1953), and Joliet Junior College; he subsequently
11received a bachelor's degree from Lewis University and a
12master's degree from Northern Illinois University; and
13    WHEREAS, James Sczepaniak served his country as a member of
14the United States Army; and
15    WHEREAS, James Sczepaniak retired after 33 years of
16dedicated service as a social studies teacher at Lockport
17Township High School District 205 and Valley View School
18District 365 U (Romeoville High School); and
19    WHEREAS, James Sczepaniak took great pride in his civic
20involvement; he proudly served on the Joliet Public Library



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1Board of Trustees for more than 30 years, most recently as
2President of the Board; he was also an active member of St.
3Joseph Catholic Church in Joliet, the Holy Name Society of St.
4Joseph Catholic Church, the St. Joseph Catholic Church Seniors,
5Oakwood Estates Homeowners Association, and the Illinois
6Retired Teacher's Association; and
7    WHEREAS, James Sczepaniak enjoyed stamp and coin
8collecting; he also greatly enjoyed taking pictures and sending
9them to his many relatives, friends, and acquaintances; and
10    WHEREAS, James Sczepaniak was preceded in death by his
11first wife, Mary Clare (nee Gordon), and his parents; and
12    WHEREAS, James Sczepaniak was the beloved husband of 5
13years to Frances H. Naal (nee Tures); the loving brother of
14Lois M. Geary; the brother-in-law of James (Joann) Gordon; the
15dear uncle of Kim Ann (Wayne) Meirhofer and Steven P. (Shirley
16Boatman) Geary; he is also survived by his step-children, Meg
17(Dale) Underwood, Jr., John (Micki) Naal, and Colette Naal and
18many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, beloved
19students, and friends; therefore, be it
21ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we, along with his
22family and friends, mourn the passing of James Paul "Jim"



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1Sczepaniak; and be it further
2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the family of James Sczepaniak as an expression of
4our sympathy.