Rita Behrenbruch, 74

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Rita Louise Behrenbruch (nee Kavanaugh), 74, of Oak Park, died on Jan. 13, 2020. Born on Dec. 31, 1945, she was devoted to her family and educating and caring for those around her. She had a wide range of skill sets that she used to help others. Graduating from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1968, she began her life after college as a social worker in East St. Louis helping children who needed services. She then became a high school English teacher in Missouri and New Jersey. 

In 1975, she earned a nursing degree and then performed nursing services at Loretto Hospital and Rush Hospital. After she had accumulated many on-the-job experiences, she started a program to instruct nurse's aides. In 1987, she decided to put her love of learning and books to use in a different capacity, working as a librarian in the Oak Park Public Library system at Dole Branch Library for about 10 years. In 1999, she focused her efforts on educating young students. 

Until her passing she was a tutor for elementary school students at Huntington Learning Center and took great joy in working with students to improve studies, knowing the efforts they put in would prepare them for the future. She cherished travels with her husband, touring exciting destinations on five continents throughout their 43 years of marriage. She poured her love and attention into her daughter, Shawn (Bob) Deutschman as well as her grandsons, Matthew and Luke. 

A service to celebrate Rita's life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at Oak Park's Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 744 Fair Oaks Ave. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church.

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