MaryAnn Eckstein

MaryAnn Eckstein died peacefully on June 8th, 2018 surrounded by her family in Boulder, Colorado.

MaryAnn was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of 4 children of Anna and Andrew Miller. She attended St Mary’s Catholic High School and made lifelong friends, the Marybelles. She received her her BS and masters in teaching and taught for over 25 years in the Oak Park public school system. Her love of learning and creative teaching methods are carried on by the teachers she mentored and the students she inspired. Post retirement from District 97, she continued to teach memory course for adults at Triton College.

MaryAnn was very active in the St Giles Community welcoming new members, editing The Vineyard and using her love of puzzles, games and sense of humor to help plan the yearly treasure hunt. She learned to swim at age 67 so that she could play in Lake Michigan with her grandchildren. She never ceased to be amazed at the beauty of the orange sherbert sunset over the lake.

MaryAnn is preceded in death by her parents, brothers (Larry, Ray and Robert) and her husband Tom. She is survived by her children: Henry, Anne and Liz and her grandchildren Jady and Amy Laura.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 28th at 10am at St Giles Church, 1025 Columbian Ave with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Oak Park Education Foundation (

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