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Nancy J. Robison

Published June 18,2020

Obituary's Biography:

Nancy J. Robison, age 66, passed away peacefully at her home on June 16, 2020, after a long illness. The youngest of three daughters, she was born on August 10, 1953 in Janesville, Wisconsin to Francis and Marianne Flaherty. When she was 13, her family moved to Lighthouse Point, Florida. Nancy fell in love with the beach, and even after she moved back to the Midwest as an adult, she often returned to Florida to bask in the warmth and sunlight—and to visit relatives, especially her sister Tracey, who passed in 2012. Nancy began her career as a teacher, but soon found her true calling as a counselor, helping kids and families through life’s difficulties. After spending some time with Warren Township Youth Services, she and her best friend Phil Kirschbaum opened Gurnee Counseling Center in 1986. Over the years they built a successful business, and she provided comfort, hope, and healing to hundreds of clients. Though she and Phil eventually retired, Gurnee Counseling Center still serves the community today. In 1985 she met her husband Dan Robison at a party on a boat in Waukegan Harbor—they married a year later. She gave birth to her daughter Becky in 1988, and her second daughter, Molly, in 1990. Nancy was a loving wife and mother who did everything she could to keep her family safe and happy. She encouraged her children to pursue their passions with heart, and she provided unfailing support. She also instilled in them an appreciation for knowledge—they watched Jeopardy! together almost every night. Nancy is survived by her husband Dan, her daughters Becky and Molly, her sister Trish, and lots of nieces and nephews. Due to the pandemic, her memorial service will take place next year. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to Warren Township Youth Services. Please make checks out to Warren Township Youth Services and include “Nancy F.” in the memo section; mail them to 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL 60031.

9 replies on “Nancy J. Robison”

  1. I had so much respect for all the amazing work she did at Gurnee Counseling. She was always so kind and friendly to me. And of course, she gave us her two amazing daughters. My love and thoughts are with your family.

  2. Nancy was a loving, compassionate woman, who I have known for over 40 years. We met as single ladies in our 20s, both working with youth in Lake County. We stayed connected, while
    wives, mothers with girls of similar ages and more recently, as mature women with wonderful adult children! Though at times, lengthy periods would pass between contacts, we remained friends as we traveled together through our stages of life. I am going to miss you Nancy, as I know many others will as well.
    (Dan and girls, please let me know when you will be celebrating Nancy’s life with her friends and family. )

  3. Nancy was a beautiful lady and the most compassionate person. Nancy helped me through my toughest times. My heart goes out to your family.

  4. Molly and family, my deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your mother. You are in my prayers.

  5. I am very sad to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. The love she had for her family and friends was so evident and radiated from her. May her family find peace and comfort in each other.

  6. Dear Dan and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing, my condolences to you and your children. Nancy was a highly regarded counselor and helped Warren Township even after she left to start her own practice. Our community lost a compassionate and wonderful individual.
    Sue Simpson, Warren Township Supervisor

  7. Nancy was an amazing person and therapist! She was always there to support, guide and laugh ! She will be missed!

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