Mary Anne Conlin

Mary Anne Conlin, 79, a resident of Gurnee, passed away Friday August 8, 2014. She was born January 21, 1935 in Lake Forest to Walter and Eleanor Burke. Mary had worked for Woodland Elementary School for 34 years as a 5th Grade Teacher. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Bible study group. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time at her cabin in Wisconsin. Mary is survived by her daughter Suzanne (Cory) Leafblad, her grandchildren Abigail Marie Leafblad and Samuel Leafblad, her brother Buz (Jean) Burke, her niece Liz (Glenn) Reedy, and her nephews Jeff Burke and Sam (Mona) Reimers. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William, and her brother Billy Burke. A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday August 12, 2014 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday August 13, 2014 at 10:30am at the funeral chapel. The interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. Memorials may be made to Woodland Elementary School in Gurnee. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

5 Responses to Mary Anne Conlin

  • Shirley Becker Gould says:

    I went through grade school and High School with Mary. She was a truly wonderful person, I am very sorry to learn of her death.

  • Mike Quist says:

    My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Susie and family, Mary was a influential teacher to myself and countless others. She became much more than a remembered teacher andI have many fond memories of both her and Bill. they are truly missed.

  • Mary Cox says:

    I was very sorry to read about Mary’s passing. My sincere sympathy to Cory and Susie Leafblad.

  • Casey Mills-Gorman says:

    I had Mrs. Conlin at Woodland many years ago and have never forgotten her. She was always kind, always willing to help and a calming but influential presence in my life. I can honestly say she is one of the reasons I became a teacher. She will be truly missed. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.

  • Andy Baumann says:

    Mary Anne Conlin was my 5th grade teacher. She was my favorite teacher from K-12. Her enthusiasm and sparkling personality made 5th grade wonderful! We hatched chickens and ducks in 5th grade. I was lucky enough to win a duckling, which became my memorable pet. The duck, which I named Igor imprinted on me. Later when she laid eggs we learned her gender. I would take Igor on walks to Gages Lake to go for a swim and she would follow me right home. Mrs. Conlin led us in spirited competition against other 5th grade classes via softball and tug-o-war. In July 2015, I attended my 40th Warren High School reunion. I felt especially close to my classmates from Mrs. Conlin’s class. It was sad to learn at the reunion that she had passed too soon. She was loved by many and will be missed.