Ann Gootee (1952 – 2021) obituary – Wheaton, IL

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Ann Theresa Gootee (née Schoettker), 69, died at her home in Glen Ellyn, Ill., In the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 6, 2021, after a determined and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Her beloved husband Jim was by her side until the end. Ann was born in Covington, KY, on March 14, 1952, to Lawrence (Larry) and Ethel (née Grone) Schoettker. Ann was a loving wife, mother-in-law, mother-in-law, sister and aunt who will be sadly missed by her family and many friends and colleagues. Ann is survived by James (Jim), her devoted husband and best friend of almost 38 years; stepchildren Lisa (Joe) Morano; Renée (Craig) Olson; James (Karen) Gootee; Michèle Bolvin; Denise Richardson; step-grandchildren Nicholas (Mary Ellen) Bolvin; Matthieu Bolvin; Michael (Laura) Olson; Jordan Olson; Danielle Olson; Nathan Gootee; Alexandre Gootee; and Kyle Richardson. She is also survived by her brothers Leonard (Linda) Schoettker of Pittsburgh, PA, and Andy (Cindy) Schoettker of Cincinnati, OH, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Larry and Ethel Schoettker, and her brother Jim (Sylvia) Schoettker.

Ann graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, KY in 1970. She graduated from Thomas More University in 1974 with a BA in Mathematics. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Mu sorority where she developed many deep and lasting friendships, maintaining close bonds with her sorority sisters for over 50 years.

In her professional life, Ann was an executive in human resources and held many such positions during her career, working for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Exelon, United Airlines, Quaker Oats and PepsiCo. She retired from PepsiCo in 2002, but continued to offer her knowledge, experience and advice as a consultant for several years.

Giving back was extremely important to Ann, and she was very active in this regard in her community and her church. She has served on the board of directors of her homeowners association in several management positions, including that of president. Following her diagnosis, first with breast cancer and later when it metastasized, Ann became actively involved in breast cancer support groups and the MBC through the LivingWell Cancer Resource. Center, openly sharing their history and experiences and providing advice and support to others, and walked a few times as a proud survivor of the time at the Northwestern Cancer Survivor Celebration and Walks Along The Rim from Lake Chicago. Ann and Jim, through their charitable foundation, also support cultural and spiritual organizations including the Joffrey Ballet and their current church, the Glen Ellyn Bible Church.

Ann also volunteered her time and herself in her spiritual community. In her former congregation, Village Green Baptist Church, Ann served as a senior instructor and for a few years led the church’s refugee outreach program whose mission was to assimilate foreign refugees and immigrants from their community to the United States. United, helping them learn English vocabulary, household chores and social skills, and American customs and traditions. One of Ann and Jim’s favorite interactions with the refugees in the program was cooking and serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with a glorious roast turkey and all the trimmings. She also served as Chair of the Sharing Life Campaign, a fundraising campaign for the Church, and actively and enthusiastically participated in the weekly Bible study. As another member of the congregation said, “Whenever there was a need, Ann and Jim always stepped up their efforts.” At their current church, Ann and Jim regularly attended Sunday services via live broadcast, Covid, and a compromised immune system preventing in-person attendance.

Ann lived a fully engaged and active life during her time on earth, fully informed by her and Jim’s deep and lasting love for each other, the deep friendship and support of his many friends and colleagues, in especially Judy Kinman and Mary Jo McFadden, and especially her faith and trust in her Lord. Ann, we will cherish your memory, for all the good you have done and the lives you have touched. Jim and his family would like to acknowledge and thank Ann’s excellent oncology team at the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University led by Dr. Regina Stein for their compassion and unwavering dedication to Ann’s care throughout. along its difficult journey. Ann had complete and utter confidence in her team.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021 at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187, 630-668-0016. The memorial service will be held Saturday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Glen Ellyn Bible Church, 501 Hillside Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, Pastor Kelly Brady officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following organizations: Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University; Living Well Cancer Resource Center, Geneva, IL; Glen Ellyn Biblical Church, Glen Ellyn, IL.

Posted by Chicago Tribune on October 24, 2021.


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