Robert A. Guenzler, age 90, Aurora, IL resident and former longtime resident of Joliet, IL and Palos Heights, IL, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2021 at Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL. He was born on September 8, 1931 in Freeport, IL. Robert leaves behind his 68-year-old beloved wife Mary Ann (nee Hagmeyer; his loving daughters Susan (Herb) Getz, Marsha (Randy Stevens) Guenzler-Stevens and Pamela (Wayne) DeBoer; his beloved grandchildren Allison (Dave.)) Caldwell, Ashley (John) Boumgarden, AJ (Leeza Papalanis) Getz, Katherine Getz, Amy DeBoer, Matthew (Whitney) DeBoer and the great-grandchildren Helena and Ingrid Boumgarden and Margot Caldwell. Howard and Josephine Guenzler. Bob graduated from Joliet Central High School in 1949, where he met his future wife, Mary Ann. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he studied both vocal music and French horn. Drafted into the US Army a month after his marriage to Mary Ann in 1953, Bob returned to IWU on the GI Bill for a 1956 Masters in Music. Bob began his career as a music educator in high schools in Charleston, Illinois, and then spent most of his life career in District 218 in the southern suburbs of Chicago, studying at Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harold L. Richards, and Alan B. Shepard High Schools taught and / or was an administrator. An active member of the Illinois Education Association and the NEA, Bob was an advocate of the teaching profession and those who answered the call to inspire future generations. As a senior member of the National Association for Music Education, Bob served as the national chairman of the Retired Music Teachers Association. Bob was a professional member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus for 28 years, traveling to rehearsals and performances at the Orchestra Hall, where he and his colleagues took part in Grammy-winning performances. In the years following his retirement, Bob continued to perform in regional choirs and played the French horn in community orchestras. He loved singing in the church choir at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, where he and his wife were active members. Bob loved his wife, Mary Ann, and as her MS progressed he became her main carer. Together they have never lost their passion for learning and engagement in the community. From registering voters to serving as electoral judges to loyally supporting their Alma Maters, Bob and Mary Ann were active citizens. Bob and Mary Ann received the 1998 Illinois Wesleyan Alumni Loyalty Award. His deep love for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren meant countless visits to sporting events, concerts, school events, and family celebrations and dinners. His deep kindness to everything he encountered made him popular with so many. For those looking to make a lasting tribute to Robert’s life, commemorative donations can be made to the Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music. A memorial service dedicated to Robert’s life will be held on Saturday, January 15 at 11:00 am with family and friends visiting between 9:30 am and 11:00 am at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville, held. The Inurnation will take place at a later date at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville was entrusted with the arrangements. For information, please call 630-355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com
Published by Naperville Sun on January 9, 2022.