June Noonan, 94

Wright Preservation Trust volunteer

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June Mahoney Noonan, 94, died on Oct. 23, 2012 at Loyola Hospital. Born on March 8, 1918, her church affiliations, which gave her peace and hope, were enhanced by fellowship with amazing people who felt blessed by her presence in return.

Family was always a priority. Her six children, sons and daughters-in-law; 14 grand-children and their spouses; 14 great-grandchildren, with one great-great-grandchild on the way, all brought her much joy, and she made them feel special and loved.

Her family extended far beyond blood to wonderful friendships with those of all ages, whom she held near and dear to her heart. She sought the best in everyone and all are better for it.

Mrs. Noonan loved Lake Geneva and that has been an integral part of her family's lives. The extended Sybil Lane family always gave her much to look forward to. She often referred to Sybil Lane as the best kept secret on Lake Geneva.

She spent countless hours volunteering for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. Wright's work fascinated her, and she enjoyed the friends who shared that interest with her immensely. She was recognized for her 25 years of volunteering to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust by a brick in her honor which can be found outside the Home & Studio.

This spring, she was one of the honorees of the Oak Park-River Forest "Celebrating Seniors: 60 Over 60" awards. Her volunteering over the years included Meals on Wheels, West Suburban Hospital Surgical Lounge (for 15 years), the River Forest Public Library, the 19th Century Sewing Club, and the Oak Park-River Forest Historical Society. She worked for the District 97 Board of Education and, in her retirement, she continued to support Oak Park schools and was often at OPRF High School watching plays and attending numerous activities.

June Noonan was a lifelong learner and challenged her mind by taking classes over the years. At the age of 92, she learned how to use a computer and enjoyed the capabilities it afforded her. No doubt many of you received an email from her. Her family was blessed by her interest in genealogy. She left a legacy of well-organized documentation of both the Noonan and Mahoney families, which will honor her as it is passed on to future generations. She was a giver and her financial generosity was shared among many organizations.

She had the opportunity to shake Helen Keller's hand as a young girl and it seems fitting to end this tribute with Helen Keller's words, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

A memorial service was held on October 27 at First Presbyterian Church in River Forest.

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