Marianne Page (née Kucharski), 68, of Vandalia, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 5, 2020.
A 10:00 A.M Memorial Mass will be held for Marianne July 10, 2020 at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, Vandalia, IL with the Rev. Fr. Scott Snider and Rev. Fr. Zach Edgar officiating. Due to COVID-19 health concerns social distancing and facial coverings are recommended.
Marianne Kucharski Page was born on October 13, 1951 in Chicago, IL to Chester and Anita (Gualano) Kucharski. After earning a teaching degree from Illinois State University, Marianne earned her Master’s in Education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL. She was a member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, Vandalia, IL; and Vandalia Retired Teachers Association.
Marianne married Robert Lester Page on November 25, 1973 in Chicago, IL. For the next 33 years, Marianne was a beloved first grade teacher in Vandalia working much of that time at Jefferson School. During her career, Marianne taught nearly 1,000 children how to read and passionately supported many students with special needs. Marianne also trained numerous student teachers, many from the graduate classes she taught at Greenville University. Marianne leaves a powerful legacy in the world of Vandalia education. Multi-talented and musical, Marianne played the harp at many events in the Chicagoland area. Her artistic successes ranged from her own paintings to the extraordinary projects that she would offer her students. But Marianne’s greatest gifts were her relentless curiosity and her beautiful generosity of spirit.
Marianne was an inveterate traveler who engaged people wherever she went. And she went everywhere: Italy, Poland, Australia, Tahiti, the Galápagos Islands and countless other places. No matter where she travelled, Marianne learned the culture, loved the food, and made lifelong friends. Her vibrant social presence and her giving, positive nature will continue to inspire her family and numerous friends.
Marianne is survived by: Husband – Robert Page, Vandalia, IL; Brothers and Sisters-in-law – James & Mary Kucharski, Cross Village, MI; Thomas Kucharski, Evanston, IL; Paula Miller, Chicago, IL. Nieces and Nephews – Chris Kucharski & Veronika, Wausau, WI; Paul Kucharski, New York, NY; Joseph Kucharski, Detroit, MI; John Kucharski & Krystyn, Washington, DC; Nicholas Kucharski & Jayna Moloney, New York, NY; Rachael Kucharski & Nick Infusino, Chicago, IL; Mary Ann Kucharski, Grand Rapids, MI; Peter Kucharski, Denver CO. Preceded in Death by: Parents and 1 nephew – Andrew Kucharski In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.
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