Mary Ellen Slaboski
Mary Ellen Slaboski, 62, of Lakemoor, Il, originally of East Chicago, In, passed away on August 28, 2015. Mary Ellen was a passionate and dedicated teacher at Laremont School in Gages Lake, IL. As a teacher for children with severe and profound challenges and later as a patient with significant health issues, she encouraged all to embrace the value and dignity of each and every individual.
Mary Ellen was a horse enthusiast who found joy in her rescued mustangs as well as her thoroughbred race horses. Mary Ellens love for
animals began at a young age as she showed her cocker spaniels. She later became a professional handler of top ranking cocker spaniels which allowed her to travel around the country. Mary Ellen graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in special education, as well a masters from University Park.
Mary Ellen is survived by her brother Tom Slaboski, his wife Cindy Slaboski, and beloved nieces and nephews Adam Slaboski, Kathryn and David Wong, Kristen Slaboski and her dear aunt, Betty Ball. Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Helen Slaboski. Mary Ellen actively attended Willow Creek Community Church and served on the Guest Ministries Team.
Heartfelt thanks to Mary Ellen’s extended family of Laremont staff, students and families who remind us that, ” Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing”.
Visitation for Mary Ellen will be on Tuesday, September 1, from 3:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. with a funeral service starting at 7 P.M. led by pastor Marie Sheperd. All services will be at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake , Il, 60030 for more information please visit www.strangfuneral.org or call 847-223-8122.
To the Slaboski Family: I am sorry to hear about Mary Ellen’s death. As you reflect on her life, hopefully seeing how she touched so many lives can serve as a comforting thought for you. May God comfort you during these difficult times as we await when God will bring back to life many of our loved ones who have passed away (2 Corinthians 1:3).
Mary Ellen was a teacher to my son at Laremont School- she was a sweet, loving and compassionate person. May she find eternal peace and happiness in God’s loving arms.
Thinking of the Slaboski family at this sad time.
Janet & Chuck Conlon
Buffalo Grove, IL
My son had Mary Ellen for three years at Laremont and loved her dearly! She treated her kids like they were her own and as a mother I treasured her! My condolences to her family!
I am very sorry to hear about Mary Ellens death. She will be missed.
Mary Ellen had a profound impact on my teaching career, having student taught with her in 2006. She taught me so much about working with students with severe disabilities. Her passion was seen every day in her classroom. I know she will be greatly missed and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from her.
Our son, Connor, was Ms. Mary Ellen’s student about two years ago. He loved her, and he misses her. She was always very patient, compassionate, and a wonderful teacher. Mary Ellen gave Connor a beautiful picture of her with him at the last day of school. Everyday, in the living room, we see the picture and her smiling face. She may be gone, but she will never be forgotten. Thank you, Mary Ellen.
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