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Steven R. Lennon

June 5, 1949 - August 9, 2021

Steven R. Lennon

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Steven R. Lennon, 72, of Roscoe, Illinois, passed away on August 9, 2021, due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. Born June 5, 1949, in Rockford, Illinois, son of Robert and Darlene (Anderson) Lennon. He attended Rock Valley College and went on to receive his Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. He worked for many years as an art teacher and a principal. During his career in education, Steve worked at Poplar Grove Elementary, Perry Elementary in Belvidere for the Boone County School District, Oglethorpe County School District in Georgia, and Kinnikinnick Elementary in Roscoe, where he retired in 2008. 

Steve was a member at First United Methodist Church in Belvidere. He married Linda Berthold on November 8, 1996, in Belvidere, Illinois. His greatest love was for his family, but Steve, a proud lefty, had many hobbies and interests. He loved nature and the great outdoors; especially boating, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, hiking and biking. Steve loved to learn and to teach, and sharing with his kids and grandkids what he learned. He was a true artist and an amazing painter. Steve had a witty, quirky sense of humor, and optimistic attitude. He would often putter around the house, finding many things to tinker with. Steve showed his love for his wife, Linda, through his art and for all six grandchildren by making them all growth charts. He was the world’s most devoted Minnesota Vikings fan for having never lived in the state.

Steve is missed and loved by his wife, Linda; children, Lisa (Kevin Boulier) Lennon, Julie Lennon, Andrew (Christen) Lennon; stepson, Ryan (Shaniah) Alishio; brother, Michael (Bobbie) Lennon; sister, Polly (Jerry) Smith. He will forever be Papa to Evvie and Ellie Lennon Boulier; Calvin and Ada Lennon; and Nahla and Asher Alishio. He will always be an Uncle to Caleb and Carey Lennon; and Robert Hill. Steve will also be lovingly remembered by his cherished miniature schnauzer, Key West.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to our Visiting Angels, Deb and Kim; our gratitude to the dedicated, caring staff of Lincolnshire Place and Transitions Hospice; and our love to Bruce Poulter for hotdogs, pickles and puzzles. 

Steve is preceded in death by both parents and his first wife, Bonnie (Wych) Lennon.

A private memorial is being held while the family plans for a community celebration of Steve’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s honor can be mailed to Anderson Funeral & Cremation, 218 West Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, Illinois 61008, in care of the family, to establish a memorial at a later date. To share a remembrance and light a candle, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

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A private memorial is being held while the family plans for a community celebration of Steve’s life.

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I learned recently of Steve’s passing and today is his first month. My deepest sympathy goes to all his children, wife and family.
I have great memories of Steve as a principal at Perry School where I taught for many years and as a neighbor in the Beister Subdivision where I lived too. He was always a very warm, caring, and kind person and an excellent and fair administrator. I always felt lucky to teach at Perry during his administration, and it was a bonus to run into him or his family in the neighborhood. Even Julie helped me in many occasions babysitting my children Andrew and Grace.
I am so sorry Steve is not with us anymore, but his memories will live on. My prayers and thoughts are with you all in these sad times.

Bea Anderson (formerly Larson)

Beatriz E Anderson 2021-09-09T11:11:48

My Deepest condolences to the Lennon Family. I met Steve almost 35 years ago when my children attended Perry School. Steve was the Principal at that time and had such a good repour with the Faculty, Children and Parents. He was 100% committed to his position and you knew he loved what he did. In addition to all the other hats Steve wore he was greatly involved in the PTA at that time and helped us switch to PTCO – Parents Teacher Child Organization in order for us to keep every penny we made at our school. I worked with him on many projects along with PTCO. He was a very kind hearted man and will be missed dearly. God Bless.

Kristine Daehler 2021-08-27T13:37:56

My sincere condolences to Linda and the Lennon family. What a lovely man he was. I happened to drive by Perry School this past week and thought of him. Rumor had it he was the best Principal they ever had. I do remember him when he married his first wife, Bonnie. I remember too, that he was friends with my brother. He lived a wonderful life and the memories in his photos will never tarnish. He lives in all your hearts forever, as you will never forgot him. He lives on there. God Bless you all.

Michele J Petit 2021-08-22T12:26:44

I was so sad when My daughter Michelle told me of Steves passing.
We were new to Belvidere in 93 and my 3rd grader would start at Perry school . Steve made the transition so smooth acutely his
whole teaching staff did over the yrs that is the Legacy he has left with that school he made it what it is today the best in the district! My son Brian only was with hin for 1 yr because then he retired for Ga.
His wife later in 2013 ended up meeting us at the Cancer center care of my mother in law who had lung cancer she passed in 2015 .
Both are the most caring amazing people you will ever meet ❤

Laura Power 2021-08-17T08:36:02

I had just talked to a friend about Steve a week or so before I heard of his passing when they had asked me who my favorite teacher had been. I had him as my 5th grade teacher at Poplar Grove way back in 1974. He made such an impression on me and I carried a lot of the lessons with me throughout my life. Then when I had kids, I was so excited to learn that Steve was at Perry Elementary and my kids would get to know this wonderful man. I ran into him a few years ago at the minor league game in Rockford and we had a great visit. Thoughts and prayers to all his family!! RIP Mr. Lennon.

Sue Shere 2021-08-16T18:25:25

Our condolences Linda to you and your extended family. Julie and I met Steve when he married Bonnie Wych who was my neighbor from across my backyard all those many years ago in Belvidere.
Steve and I worked together painting houses and barns to earn our tuition at Northern Illinois University. Steve was also one of my groomsmen at our wedding in Rockford in October of 1973. After Bonnie passed and we moved to Marietta, Georgia we lost touch with Steve, but again came into his life when he moved to Athens, Ga where our son met up with him just before he graduated from UGA. We lost a really sweet and caring guy. Both Julie and I are proud to call him a true friend!! We’ll met up again someday Steve …till then God bless you and keep you in his arms.

Julie & Jim Petit 2021-08-15T17:38:43

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family! You were blessed to have such a wonderful father and grandfather. I remember Steve at Perry when I substituted there. He was such a welcoming principal!

Linda Jarvis 2021-08-15T08:58:16

R.I.P Steve , so many memories with our family . We all
Loved you and all the crazy fun we had . From right out of high school , your great sense of humor and cleverness was amazing. No doubt you are in heaven with all that loved you and went before you ,Sincerely ..Rich and Roxanne Marshallsay

Roxanne Marshallsay 2021-08-13T06:49:03

Mr. Lennon was my 5th grade teacher at Poplar Grove Elementary School in 1974. He was my favorite teacher – – I still remember the story he shared with the class about why he wrote ‘upside down’ at the chalkboard. He explained that as a left-hander there were never enough left-handed desks and so he had to learn to curve his hand that way when he had to sit in a right-handed desk as a student. (Those of you old enough to remember what I’m talking about will understand!) As a fellow lefty, this story left a lasting impression on me and Mr. Lennon always let me know that us lefties are unique and special and that I should celebrate my left-handedness, not be ashamed or embarrassed by it. I am better for having had you in my life, Mr. Lennon…you will be missed. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. <3

Lesa McCoy Fischer 2021-08-12T21:51:35

Such a great principal so sad to hear this

Shannon Freeman 2021-08-12T14:13:40

To Mr.. Lennon’s family: Mr. Lennon was a HUGE part of my childhood. Due to less than ideal homelife and circumstances it was not always easy for my sisters and I to get to school. Mr. Lennon was my principal at Poplar Grove Elementary then. He would pick up my sisters and I and drive us to school so we would not miss. He kept an eye out for us when no one else did back then. His kindness and humanitarian nature made such an impact on me. I have many, many times in my life done the “better thing” because I thought about his kindness and wanted to channel his goodness. I have thought about him so many times, wondered how he was doing. I know he has made a difference in many lives, but not any as much as mine.

To Mr.. Lennon: I will NEVER forget you, Mr. Lennon. Thank you, from the depth of my heart for making me a better person just by you being you! May God Bless you and keep you until we meet again in Heaven!! Because I know an Angel like you will meet me at those Pearly Gates in welcome when my time comes. May God Bless your family will Peace and Acceptance. Amen.

RENEE L BRYAN 2021-08-12T08:35:44

Uncle Steve will always hold a special place in my heart and is surely a huge part of my childhood memories. Many holidays were spent at his house, Christmas Eves in particular where the family seemed huge, together, connected….while cousins played and football games were played in the background. My thoughts go out to you Linda as I’m sure he was your best friend. To my troop of cousins…all three….I love you so much, we should meet and talk more often, and I’m sending HUGE hugs and LOVE your way. He helped guide all three of you up until now…now do him proud and carry on the love in some spectacular way moving forward. Love you! He will be missed. XOXO

Robert Hill 2021-08-12T00:29:09

Mr Lennon was the sweetest man! My son was three when we first met him and called him “Mr. Lemon” which always brought a laugh. He filled in at Ledgewood and Stone Creek when my kids were little and he truly made all of the kids feel important and special. I saw him about a year ago at Mary’s Market, I think he was with his son possibly. We chatted for a few minutes and he was as full of light and cheer as always. My family extends our sympathies and will keep your family in our prayers.

Kayla Cotone 2021-08-11T22:47:25

It saddens me to hear that this amazing teacher has passed away. To all the family I’m sending prayers & sincere sympathies

Brenda M. Wagner Storez Wilcox 2021-08-11T22:13:52

I was just thinking about this amazing man just the other day. 😥 Mr. Lennon was my 5th grade teacher at Poplar Grove Elementary in 1974. He was my favorite teacher, at the time we switched classes so I had him for math and science. He was such a kind person and a great teacher. I remember him telling us about his color blindness in case his clothes didn’t match that day. Then when he was retiring I went to see him AND he still REMEMBERED me all those years later and also one day while I was running on the bike path he passed me on his bike, I called out his name, he turned around and stopped and talked with me still knowing who I was. Sending prayers to his family. Just know there are many, many people better for knowing this amazing teacher, thank you Mr. Lennon! You will truly be missed.🙏😥

Janet Salley 2021-08-11T19:58:23

Lived 2 houses away while our children grew up. Had many good times with him. I’ve always had much respect for Steve. So sorry for the family’s loss

Debi Jannisch 2021-08-11T18:39:57

Mr. Lennon was my principal in 4th and 5th grade at Kinnikinnick. I remember him being such a kind man who cared deeply for his school and students. I’ll never forget going to his office for letting a girl that I liked write her name on my hand at recess as a 5th grader. He calmly listened to me, laughed about what happened, and then talked to me about other ways I could let girls know that I liked them. The world truly lost such a great man and educator!

Derek Willging 2021-08-11T17:27:02

Mr. Lennon was my 5th grade teacher at Poplar Grove Grade School. I remember him reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway to us. Still to this day it is one of my favorite books and he was one of my favorite teachers.

Kathy Albrecht 2021-08-11T14:35:07

Steve will always be Uncle Steve in my heart. He loved his kids with all his heart. I will forever cherish the holiday gatherings when we were younger. My condolences to the family and may Uncle Steve be your forever guardian angel.

Cherie Hill-Fowler 2021-08-11T13:39:39

Linda I am so very sorry that Steve passed. It just doesn’t seem right for him to leave you, because y’all had so much love for each other and so much living to do !!!! Your memories will make you smile and one day you will be with him again , and this time it is Forever! Sending you love and prayers 💕

Jill Bittle 2021-08-11T13:05:56

Condolences to Steve’s family sent your way from here in Arizona. He will forever be our friend. A more genuine person would be hard to find. Even though we haven’t seen him for a long time, our friendship could pick up right where it left off. On a happy note.

Kathy and Steve Steinke 2021-08-11T11:52:25

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