Kathleen Matschke

January 12, 1956 - November 20, 2017
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Belvidere, IL

Kathleen Matschke, 61, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2017 at her home.  Kathleen was born in Hammond, IN, the daughter of John and Nona Wojtowich, and raised in Harvey, IL. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in music from the American Conservatory, and Master’s degrees in both special education and music education from Roosevelt University.  Kathleen was a very gifted teacher who spent the last 12 years of her long and fruitful career at Jefferson High School working with special needs students.  She always felt blessed to work in the profession she loved, and often became very attached to her students.  She seemed tireless, and didn’t let her dedication as a teacher compromise her dedication as a wife, mother, and homemaker.  In addition to touching and changing the lives of so many young people with special needs, Kathleen created and produced numerous wonderful musical performances for children.  She also enjoyed gardening, dancing, and had a passion for cooking (many others had a passion for her cooking also).  Kathleen always put forth her best effort, sought diligently to do what was good and right, and gave of herself continually.  She was loved and respected by many in all walks of life, and felt that what mattered most was the mark left behind as she touched other souls, be they wise or simple.

She and her family sincerely thank all of those who offered many prayers and provided much help; the outpouring has been humbling, and it brought great comfort to Kathleen.  As many of you know, even at the end she remained steadfast in her faith and was at peace in her heart.

Kathleen is loved and missed by her husband, Jeff, her children, John and Lea, her step-son Jeff II (and his wife, Alayna), whom Kathleen raised as her own son from a very young age, her father, her brother Adam and his wife, Chris, their son, Alex, her nephew, Mark Whennen and his wife, Asako, their son, Kai, and many other friends, students, and extended family members who came to know and love her, a kind and gentle lady, diligent, faithful and true.

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Born: January 12, 1956
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Rebecca Lemery posted on 12/7/17

RIP KATHLEEN MATSCHKE. U WILL BE MISSED BY MANY MANY PEOPLE... U WERE AN AWESOME TEACHER FOR MY DAUGHTER, MARJORIE GONZALEZ. I AM VERY SOORY FOR UR LOSS TO MS. MATSCHKE FAMILY... WE ALL LOVED HER AND SHE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR MEMORIES

 

Jeffrey, Marietta & Joseph Susanke posted on 12/6/17

Our Sincere Condolences to the Matschke family. Joseph had Mrs. Matschke for Music teacher at Jefferson High School (Special Ed). He loved her as much as the Music Class itself. I'm so sorry to hear this...my heart goes out to all. She was an amazing lady! Rest In Peace Mrs. Matschke....Prayers to all Friends & Family.

 

Bill & Linda Bean posted on 12/3/17

I had the pleasure of Meeting Kathleen sometime back, and was very aware that I was in the presence of a very special person to say the least. May she now be soaring with GOD's angels in Heaven.......... My wife and I would like to express our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Jeff and their children. May GOD bless and comfort all of you and if I can be of assistance just let me know. Pastor Bill Bean

 

Gwen Matschke posted on 12/2/17

In loving memory of a beautiful soul, who brought light to my brother's life like no other.

 

Anita Pryor posted on 12/2/17

Sorry t0 read about Katheen, my prayersgoing out to you and your family.

 

Scott MacLaren posted on 12/2/17

Jeff I am deeply sorry to here about your loss, I know it was a long but courageous battle. Your wife, although I never met her must of been a very special person and will be greatly missed, but she is now at peace and will forever be by your side. Stay strong and someday the two of you will meet again.

 

Gregg Matschke posted on 12/2/17

Kathleen, you seemed to glide right through the perils of this life, sure in your faith and content with your happiness. Thank you for leaving all that goodness in your wake.

 

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