MaryAnn Eckstein, 81

Inspiring Oak Park teacher for over 25 years

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MaryAnn Eckstein, 81, died peacefully on June 8, 2018, surrounded by her family in Boulder, Colorado. Born on April 12, 1937 in Chicago, she was the youngest of four children of Anna and Andrew Miller. She attended St. Mary's Catholic High School and made lifelong friends, who called themselves the Marybelles. MaryAnn received her B.S. and master's degrees 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 courses for adults at Triton College. MaryAnn was very active in the St. Giles community, welcoming new members, editing The Vineyard newsletter 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 by the beauty of the orange sherbet sunset over the lake. 

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

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at Oak Park's St. Giles Church, 1025 Columbian Ave., followed by a reception. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be sent to the Oak Park Education Foundation ( 

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