Archive for February, 2010

Gerrie Parr

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
— PERICLES
Gerrie Parr

Gerrie provided ten years of dedicated leadership and service as Chair of the Champaign County Democratic Party from 1994 to 2004. During her tenure the Party celebrated many successes, including the election of the first Democratic County Board majority in history.

Memorial Celebration in Champaign March 14, 2010:

You are cordially invited to gather with us to celebrate the life and honor the memory of Gerrie Parr on Sunday, March 14, at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL. The ceremony begins at 3 pm, with drinks and appetizers to follow from 4 – 6 pm. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please feel free to stop by to visit with friends between 4 and 6 pm.

You are also invited to bring a picture, quote or written memory about Gerrie if you would like. This is completely voluntary. There will be space to display these memories around us as we mingle with one another. A 3 x 5 card is the ideal size for the display. There will also be a sealed box for depositing memories you would like to keep private; the box will be burned in our fireplace, un-opened.

We look forward to seeing you on March 14th. You are welcome to forward this note to others. If you need more information or have any questions, please contact her daughter Dani Schooley.

Warm Regards,
The Parr / Schooley / Altman Family

Obituary:

Geraldine A. (Gerrie) Parr, 63, of Champaign, IL passed away Friday, February 12th at the home of her sister Linda Altman in Waukegan, IL. Gerrie was born on July 28th, 1946 in Cadillac, MI. She graduated from Waukegan Township High School (’64) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (’68) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

Before her retirement, Gerrie served as Auditor of Champaign County. She was also Chair of the Champaign County Democratic Party for 10 years. In addition to politicking, Gerrie spent her time skiing, sailing, reading, and cooking. She loved to travel and did so extensively in the last several years, including trips to Tahiti, China, France, Peru and Egypt.

Gerrie is survived by her daughter Daniellinda Schooley of Chicago, her father and step-mother Dan and Mavon Parr of Clearwater, FL, and her sister Linda Altman of Waukegan. She was preceded in death by her husband Kurt McKenzie, her mother Dorothy Parr, and her brother-in-law Jerry Altman.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 18th at St. Pat’s New Church, 15000 Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth IL. Gerrie’s family will be available to greet relatives and friends at the church beginning at 12:15pm. After the service, the family will host a late lunch at a nearby restaurant.

An additional Memorial will be held in Champaign at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made in Gerrie’s memory to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, c/o Northwestern University Office of Development, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611-3078 (or donate online here). Political contributions can sent to the Champaign County Democrats, c/o Jennifer Gentry, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1455, Champaign, IL 61824-1455.

Arrangements were under the care of the Salata-Gurnee Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL. Be sure to visit their website and sign the online guest book.

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