Thora Mache Rourk, Age 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Born January 29, 1933 to the late Norman and Ethel Olson she has resided in Mokena, IL the last 50 years of her life, Thora was loving wife of Clarence P. Rourk US Army WWII (deceased), Mother of Susan (Robert) Wolfe, Charles Rourk, Theodore (Paula) Rourk and Christopher (Cheryl) Rourk, Grandmother of Christy (John) Sabo and Lauren Rourk and Great Grandmother of Robby, Sierra and Kayla.
Thora had a lifelong career in education which included a Degree in Education, 30 years as a 1st – 2nd grade teacher for Ann Rutledge School in Lincoln Estates, IL and as a 1st – 2nd grade teacher for Summit Hill School in Asbury Hills, IL. After Retirement she continued to educate as the Regional Manager for the AARP Drive 55 Alive Program, as an ESL Trainer in Northern IL, as an ESL Trainer at Host Learning Center in Harlingen , TX, as a Christian Science Reading Room Coordinator and as part of the Christian Science Media Committee.
As it was her final wish, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held on Saturday Sept. 7, 2013 at Mokena VFW Post 725, 19852 Wolf Rd, Mokena, IL 60448 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm with service at 4:00 pm. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Palos Heights Christian Science Church or Tinley Park Paws Animal Shelter.