Roslyn Mae Boxerman Woolf, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, and friend to many, known for her long years of service as a teacher with the Waukegan Public School District and her variety of community service involvements, found peace at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2007. After a two month battle with an aggressive form of leukemia, she entered the Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center in Skokie on November 9th, surrounded by her family and friends.
Roz was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Esther Boxerman; her brother, Melvin Boxerman; and her daughter, Lori Woolf.
Roz is survived by her beloved husband of over 55 years, David Woolf; daughter, Gail Woolf and spouse, Michael Strudler with their sons, Jason and Zachary; son, Michael (Mick) Woolf and spouse, Lauren Senoff with their son, Joshua; sister, Miriam Brill, in Clearwater, FL; and numerous relatives and friends.
Born on October 2, 1931, and raised in Waukegan, Roz graduated from high school in 1948. She was involved with dance from a young age, traveling to various locales for instruction and performance. She became the second graduate from the first modern dance classes at the University of Illinois, receiving a BA in Physical Education and Dance. On June 29th, 1952, shortly after college, Roz married her fiancé, David Woolf, a professional musician.
Focusing on a teaching career in elementary school, her first job was in Wilmette, then in the Waukegan School District at Lyons, Hyde Park and Cooke Magnet, until her retirement in 1988. While a teacher and mother of three, she received her Masters in Education through Roosevelt University in Chicago, was active in the PTO, and served as Vice-President of the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. After retirement, Roz continued to substitute teach, mentor younger teachers, and remain in the educational field with World Book Encyclopedia and Westat Educational Testing.
Roz was a long-standing active participant with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Altrusa, the Lake County Women's Coalition, the Festival of Trees, Friends of the Library, the Lake County Retired Teachers Association, and numerous Jewish organizations through Temple Am Echod.
She loved children, and was a natural with them. She was highly creative, understood how to motivate her students, and cared about their overall well being. She was truly a dedicated master teacher who was well loved and well respected by generations of students, parents, and teachers alike.
Roz was known as the cousin and aunt who always remembered the birthdays and anniversaries of the successive generations of extended family through phone calls and cards, serving as the lynch pin in keeping family and friends connected. Always concerned that her grandsons were receiving good educations along with their creative development, she shared articles on child rearing, teaching materials, and sent fun gifts for the kids.
Roz was very social, loved to entertain and attend events, parties, and weddings. She worked as a hostess at both Midlane Country Club and The Forge Club. She was a lover of the arts, music, and dance, enjoyed traveling, and held varied interests such as history, geography, child development, plants, architecture, and more. A pragmatic, spirited, and loving person with a great sense of humor, Roz's essence was indeed about living life to the fullest.
The family has set up a scholarship in her name to help a deserving high school student attend college. Contributions can be made payable to: "Waukegan Public Schools" by including "Roz Woolf Scholarship" in the memo section. Inquiries and donations can be addressed to: Mr. Brian Luosa, Director of Business Services, Waukegan Public Schools, 1201 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan, IL. 60085.
The Waukegan Public School Board of Education will issue a Lifetime Service Achievement Award on behalf of Roz through a proclamation at the January 8, 2008 Board meeting, 7:00 p.m., on the second floor of the Lincoln Center, 1201 N. Sheridan Rd.
The family will host a Celebration of Roz's life, Sunday, January 20, 2008, at Waukegan High School, 2325 Brookside Ave., from 1:00-3:00 p.m., for family, friends, and community members. A reception will be held immediately following the program.
If you are interested in sharing a story, memory, or anecdote about Roz, please send them to Mick Woolf, c/o WEFT, PO Box 1223, Champaign, IL. 61824-1223, or e-mail email@example.com.
Published in News Sun on Dec. 12, 2007