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Remembering the Local Students Who Died Young

This weekend, friends and family will gather in New Lenox for a balloon release memorial to remember local students who died during high school or shortly after.

There's too many names.

One name on this list would be too much, but as word spread on Facebook, more and more were added. 

This Sunday, June 24, family and friends will gather at the to remember local students who died in high school or shortly after. 

In the last year alone, the numbers have been staggering. Patrick Juris. Brett VanEtten. Bart Lenz. Matt Zack. Tommy Schuman. Zach Orel. 

Former student council member Kim Phillips saw what was happening around her and wanted a way to remember the classmates who were passing too young.

She created a Facebook event that quickly spread to more than 5,000 people. As of Friday, more than 1,700 said they plan to attend Sunday's memorial. People continue to add names to the list of those who died young, and we've re-printed the entire list below. 

The memorial is at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at the Village Commons. 

The following list is from the Facebook event "Remembering Our New Lenox Schools' Angels." The names are students and faculty members who died while attending a local school or shortly after. 

Lincoln-Way Central Knights

  • Bernnie Baldoff-Class of '70
  • Pam Gilbert-Class of '73
  • Barry Dailey-Class of '73
  • Kendal Waldvogal-Class of '73
  • Roxanne Newton-Class of '73
  • Denise Curry- Class of '73
  • Jim Dodson- Class of '73
  • Ridgley Putnam- Class of '73
  • Terry Smith-Class of '73
  • Steven Adams-Class of '74
  • Steve Bachmann- Class of '74
  • David Hill- Class of '74
  • Pat Cullen- Class of 75'
  • Tom Barnett-Class of '76
  • Cheryl Richardson-Class of '76
  • Scott Ekstrom class or '76
  • Bill Burkhardt Class of '76
  • Cora McDonnell-Class of '76
  • Jim Darling-Class of '76
  • Keith Zwolinski-Class of '76
  • Tim Yapp-Class of '76 
  • Fred LaBotz-Class of '76
  • Len Japp-Class of '77
  • John Schubert-Class of '77
  • Kris Ruthenbeck-Class of '78
  • John Strilich-Class of '78
  • Carry Farrell-Class of '79
  • Carrie Heniff-Class of '79
  • Dale Heim-Class of 79
  • Pat Portrey-Ancel-Class of '78
  • Donna Roberts-Class of '79
  • Dan Walter-Class of '79
  • Donna Homerding Golden-Class of '79
  • Bill Hornung-Class of '79 
  • David Lord-Class of '80
  • Jeff Wondersac-Class of '80
  • Cindy Thacker-Class of '80
  • Jeff Norton-Class of '80
  • Lori Simms-Class of '80
  • Daniel Deckelmann-Class of '80 
  • Theann Nelson-Class of '80
  • Laura Bucksar-Class of '80
  • Brian Paben-Class of '80
  • Theresa Sulkowki-Class of 80'
  • Jerry Gerndt-Class of '80
  • William Fellers-Class of '80
  • Frank Kallis-Class of '80
  • Cari Beadleston-Class of '81
  • Michelle Feeney-Class of '81
  • Don Gryczewski-Class of '81
  • Loretta Morgan-Class of '81
  • Mike Pegram-Class of '81
  • Ken Sobbe-Class of '81
  • Brian Roberts-Class of '82
  • Colleen Schubert-Class of '82
  • Stan Wollek-Class of '82
  • George Keel-Class of '82
  • Jerry Grove-Class of '82
  • Joe Gill-Class of '82
  • Richie Lewellen-Class of '82
  • Keith Niemann-Class of '82
  • Elaine Childers-Class of '83
  • Danny Coday-Class of '83
  • Janelle Speicher-Class of '84
  • Kim Chambers- Class of '84
  • Michelle LaBuda-Class of '84
  • Christopher Lamble-Class of '84
  • Garret W. Lavalley-Class of '84
  • Scott Lashmet-Class of '85
  • Hiedi Horchler class of '85
  • Steve Crane-Class of '86
  • Laura Shannahan-Class of '87
  • Jimmy Corrado-Class of '87
  • Reggie Honea-Class of '87
  • Mark Pitchlyn-Class of '87
  • Carrie Dobosz-Class of '88
  • Tanya Bettenhausen Blanks-Class of '88
  • Eric Jager-Class of '88
  • Jeff Bunna -Class of '88
  • Alicia Scagnelli-Class of '88
  • Jeffrey Bergstrom-Class of '88
  • Jason Ramsey -Class of '88 
  • Dave Stroner-Class of '89
  • Jeff Meyer-Class of '89
  • Jim Koon-Class of '89
  • Paul Farkas-Class ofl '90
  • Steve Stranich-Class of '90
  • Ray Koterba-Class of '90
  • Tom Oard-Class of '90
  • Tony Capista-Class of '91
  • Robert Gawenda-Class of '91
  • Kim Schneider-Class of '91
  • Ray Solner-Class of '91
  • Kris Palmer- Class of '91
  • Todd Seniw-Class of '92
  • Tony Taglisferi-Class of '92
  • Brandon Etheridge-Class of '92
  • Amy Palomino-Class '92
  • Rich Penner-Class of '92
  • Kathi Lundquist-Class of '93
  • Jeremy McSheffrey-Class of '93 
  • Doug Oswald-Class of '93
  • Dustin Smith-Class of 93
  • Jim Stranich-Class of '93
  • Anthony Eder-Class of ' 94
  • Frank Shah-Class of '94
  • Nate Murphy-Class of '94
  • Bill Casillas-class of '94
  • Brian McGill-Class of '94
  • Morgan Topel-Class of '94
  • Ryan Palesh-Class of '94.
  • Carrie Harris-Class of '94
  • Mike Koenig-Class of '94
  • Marty Larson-Class of '95
  • Michael Wharton-Class of '95
  • Steve George-Class of '95
  • Todd Burke-Class of '95
  • Kevin Stock-Class of '95
  • Jannelle Gibbons-Class of '95
  • Kevin Kodatt-Class of '95
  • Lauren Cacciato-Class of '95
  • Dave Higgins-Class of '95
  • John Jager-Class of '95
  • Brian Albano-Class of '95
  • Matt Williams-Class of '96
  • Dave Dondlinger-Class of '96
  • Thomas Altoff-Class of '96
  • Joel Marquardt-Class of '96
  • Chris Ochoa-Class of '96
  • Shawn Pahnke - Class of '96
  • Jason Prieboy-Class of '96
  • Marty Larson-Class of '96
  • Michelle Jobe-Class of 97'
  • Brian Heim-Class of '97
  • Amanda Cooper-Class of '97
  • Michelle Bingham-Class of '97
  • Nick Barnes-Class of '97
  • Emily Latham-Class of '97 
  • Matthew McClure-Class of '98
  • David Garza-Class of '98 
  • Kristi McCollum-Class of '98 
  • Dave McKay-Class of '98
  • Brett Dewalt-Class of '98
  • Charlie Erickson-Class of '98
  • Matthew Norton- Class of '98
  • Mike Settle- Class of '98
  • Russell Brown-Class of '98
  • Jeff Niemiec-Class of '98
  • Stacy Gribat- Class of '99
  • Jimmy Komperda-Class of '99
  • Danielle Ingram-Class of '99
  • Renee Kovac-Class of '99 
  • Jon Bartlett-Class of '99
  • Gary Ryan-Class of '99
  • Brandon White-Class of '99
  • Nicholas Storey-Class of '99
  • Josh Pfeiffer-Class of '00
  • Erik Manheim-Class of '00
  • Jessica Troyer-Class of '00
  • John Vern Flanigan-Class of '00
  • Eric Leeson class of '00
  • Jimmy Rossolille-Class of '00
  • Jeff Niemic-Class of '00
  • Tom Henney-Class of '00
  • Dave Christensen-Class of '00
  • Joshua Pfeiffer-Class of '00
  • Patrick Holley-Class of '00
  • Phil Brodnick-Class of '00
  • Larry Steinkamp-Class of '00
  • Mark Feltenstein-Class of '01 
  • Ryan Martinez-Class of '01
  • Brian McFadden-Class of '01
  • Stephen Sankowski -Class of '02
  • Ronald Egger-Class of '02
  • Justin Honeycutt-Class of '02
  • Tom Mckay-Class of 02'
  • Chris Norberg-Class of 02'
  • Ronald Egger-Class of '02
  • Chris Lynch-Class of '02 
  • Justin Dodge-Class of '02
  • Steve Lent-Class of '02
  • Pat Tucker-Class of '03 
  • Jason Rudolph-Class of '03 
  • Mellissa Vogel-Class of '03'
  • Billy Swinford-Class of '03
  • Ryan McGuire-Class of '03
  • Nick Angel-Class of '03
  • Jacob Lowell-Class of '03
  • Chris Sommers Class of '03
  • Chris Kutz-Class of '03 
  • Nick Ancel-Class of '04
  • Eric Zelensky-Class of '04
  • Robert Barry-Class of '04
  • John Carroll-Class of '04
  • Zack Orel-Class of '05
  • Kaitlin Haas-Class of '05
  • Steve Jaskula-Class of '05
  • Billy Graham-Class of '05
  • Brian Flowers-Class of '06
  • Justin McDaniel-Class of '06
  • Joey Mayer-Class of '06
  • Dan Werfelman-Class of '07
  • Patrick Juris-Class of '07
  • Jessica Mejia-Class of '07
  • Jeff White-Class of '07
  • Patrick Mclaughlin-Class of 07'
  • Bart Lenz-Class of '08
  • Brad Miller-Class of '09
  • Brett Van Etten- Class of '09
  • Matt Zack-Class of '09
  • Kevin Farrell- Class of '09
  • Josh Briskey-Class of 09'
  • Charlie Wolniak-Class of '09
  • Mike Yakima-Class of '10
  • Daniel Healy-Class of '11
  • Ryan Burke-Class of '11
  • Julie Gorczynski-Class of '11
  • Thomas Schuman-Class of '12


Lincoln-Way staff members

  • Mr. Nedzel
  • Mrs. Griffin 
  • Mr. Davis 
  • Kelly Ludwig
  • Mrs. Karges
  • Rich Babich
  • Clarence Laufer
  • Tom Manheim
  • Mr. Niznik
  • Mr Powell
  • Doug Riley
  • Lee Rosenquist
  • Glen Duckworth
  • Della Hussey
  • Steve Nodyke

District 122

  • Ron "PAPA" Schaper - Founder of NL Mustangs Football
  • Conner L. Kemp-Oaster-Oakview 
  • Hannah Bulian-Liberty Jr.High
  • Jenna Schaper-Martino Jr. High
  • Carrie Cupp-Martino Jr. High
  • Alicia DiSandro -Martino Jr. High
  • Mr Marshall-Oaster Oakview
  • Mrs. Martha Osuch-Caroline Bentley School (2007)
  • Michael Gurt-Liberty Jr. High
  • Scott Mann-Oaster-Oakview
  • Mark Koepke-Haven
  • Josh Brisky - District 122, Haines Elementary (2009)
  • Amy D'Amico - District 122, Haines Elementary

Providence Catholic High School Celtics

  • Danny McLaughlin-Class of '87
  • Ron Robles-Class of '91
  • Danny Baldermann-Class of '91
  • Pat O'Brien-Class of '91
  • Joe Robbins-Class of '93
  • Bob McGee-Class of '94
  • Alan Brach-Class of '99
  • Vince Martin-Class of '00
  • Jesse Starks-Class of '00
  • Jenna Schaper- Class of '03
  • Ryan Rassman-Class of '03
  • Alex Dombrowski - Class of '09


St. Jude School

  • Becky Schweitzer McHenry
lala June 24, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I am sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.
Crystal Jensen June 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Dearest Jackie, My heart aches for you and your family in this time of heart wrenching loss. There are no words adaquate enough to be said to ease your pain. I wish there were. Just know that you are in my thoughts.
GDLV June 30, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Jackie, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I don't know you, but as a mother, I feel your pain. God bless.
Joe Weber April 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Add my best friend pretty much older brother Adam J. Homer as of nov. 25 2013
Cath May 01, 2013 at 05:30 AM
David Carl Steen-passed away October 2008 at age 30 He attended Lincoln Way and Graduated in 1996 Cross Country Runner-remembered by many classmates and coaches and teachers and family and friends.

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