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Patricia Ann Mathers

     Ms. Patricia (Pat) A. Mathers, 76, of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, formerly of Galesburg, Illinois and Alliance, Ohio died surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Arlington Heights, Illinois. 
     Pat was born May 30, 1945, the daughter of Joseph and Rita Wachunas.  Pat is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Rita, her siblings, Bill Wachunas and Barb Parvatikar, her niece, Jenny, and her nephew, Robin.  Pat is survived by her brothers, Bob Wachunas (Marguerite), Tom Wachunas (Martha), brother-in-law, Raghu Parvatikar, and sister Sue Feeney (Steve); her children, Barney Olson, Iowa City, Iowa, and Kirsten Olson, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; and her grandson, Jacob Wilson (Selby Rose MacGillivray), Chicago, Illinois.  Pat is also survived by her oldest child Bridget Chamberlain, with whom she recently re-connected, her beloved nieces, nephews, and the next generation of her Wachunas family.
     
Pat graduated from Alliance High School and attended Kent State University in Ohio, where she was studying to be a math teacher.  Pat put her teaching skills to use when she taught Barney how to think like a mathematician by teaching him Algebra in 8th Grade and later passed down her love of mathematics to Kirsten, who became a high school math teacher.  Pat balanced the role of a working mother as she created a successful banking career where she advanced from a temporary position to the role of Vice-President Retail Banking of First Galesburg National Bank.  She finished her career with a corporate marketing role at Wells Fargo Bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
      After many years in Galesburg, Pat relocated to the Chicago suburbs to be closer to family. Pat spent the last 16 years of her life sharing a home with Kirsten and Jacob. The three of them had a very special bond from the many years of family dinners, Survivor seasons, Broadway musicals, love, laughter, and life they shared. Pat and Barney also had special traditions discussing Survivor updates, competing against each other in March Madness, and most importantly blocking their calendars to enjoy the Masters together on an annual basis.  Pat’s love of sports was found in supporting those teams her family loved.  She would tune in to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes for Barney, cheer the Fighting Illini for Kirsten, and celebrate alongside Jacob his love for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
     Whether you knew her as Mom, Nana, sister, Aunt Pat, or were part of her “posse” of girlfriends, Pat enjoyed spending time with her family and friends more than anything.  She shared her love in many ways, whether by being quick to laugh or willing to lend an ear if you needed to talk.  
     A visitation is scheduled for Friday, May 27, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Meadows Funeral Home, 3615 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows, IL  60008.  A funeral mass is scheduled Saturday, May 28, for 11:00 a.m. at St. Colette Parish, 3900 Meadow Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL  60008.
     Memorials may be made in her name to the MDS Foundation www.mds-foundation.org or St. Colette Parish.
     Information (847)253-0224 or Meadowsfh.com

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Bette Jane Kocian

     Bette Jane Kocian was born on June 16th, 1929 to Charles and Ella Schaaf in Syracuse, New York. She was the loving mother of Beverly Farrow, George Kocian and Frederick (Pam) Kocian, sister of Dorothy (Carl) Magnussen, Grace (Vic) Meller, and Beverly (Cy) Campbell. She was preceded in death by her sisters (and brother-in-laws) and her son George. Bette leaves behind her grandchildren, Laura Murphy (Kevin), Jamie Snell, Erica Stellman (DJ), Jessica Kocian (Chris Cox) and Steven Kocian, all of whom she cherished dearly along with her great-grandchildren.
     She spent her formative years in Prospect Heights where she attended a one room schoolhouse located on Schoenbeck Road. She helped her father with mowing the grass and tending the garden on their two acre lot. It was here that she developed the love for gardening which she continued throughout her life. She graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1947, where she excelled in many sports: track, basketball, and baseball. She even was offered a contract to compete for the women’s professional baseball league of the forties.
     Bette married and started a family in 1952 and was a charter resident in a newly formed suburb of Rolling Meadows. It was there that she lived for over 50 years. Besides raising her children, she was always involved with some endeavor. Whether it was graphic layouts and typesetting for KOST printing (jointly owned with her sister Beverly), or designing and painting signs for local businesses, Bette was always busy with a project. She taught herself how to draw and paint landscapes, animals, and people. Bette was a voracious reader of history, cultures, and mythology. She could never pass up an art gallery or book store.
     As her kids grew up, she started helping with the book sale at the Rolling Meadows library. It was here that she met Elena Hoffman, head librarian for the newly opened Rolling Meadows High School. Elena asked if Bette could help with cataloging the books at the high school. After working there the summer of 1973, she was asked to continue her work in the library. She worked at RMHS for over 20 years and earned an associates degree in library science while doing so. After retiring, Bette, along with some close friends and her daughter Beverly, traveled to many of the countries that she read about and fulfilled a dream of hers.
     Even though she had many interests and hobbies, nothing could take the place of her love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a frequent spectator at their sporting events, dance performances, marching band competitions, and music recitals. With all that she accomplished in her personal life she was most proud of her family.
     She moved out of Rolling Meadows to live at Friendship Village in Schaumburg where her sister Beverly resided. While there she tended a garden plot, helped with the landscaping, and did some office work. Later in life she moved to Florida to be with her daughter and be near her grandchildren Jamie and Erica and their children Devan, and Tyler and Blake, respectively. She passed away there on April 6th, 2022 surrounded in love.
     The visitation for Bette is on Thursday, June 16th, from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Meadows Funeral Home located at 3615 Kirchhoff Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.
     In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz .org) as a tribute to Bette.
Information (847)253-0224 or Meadowsfh.com.

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