Lenore Nye

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lenore Kasten Nye, 94, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at her home in Rochelle, Ill.

She was born Dec. 1, 1917, in Oak Ridge, to Theodore and Annette Willer Kasten.

After graduating from Central High School in Cape Girardeau in 1934, she received a bachelor of science from Southeast Missouri State University in 1937 and master's from Peabody College in 1945.

She married Earl Johnson in 1962, who died in 1969, and then married Philip H. Nye in 1979, who died in 1992.

Survivors include nieces, Mary S. (Robert) Stanley and Martha S. (Edgar) Fiehler of Jackson, Judy S. (Paul) Woehrmann of Milwaukee, Linda K. Slade of St. Louis; nephews, Robert (Nita) Sheets of Cape Girardeau, Michael Kasten of Jackson; and stepsons, Philip H. (Maggie) Nye of Rochelle and William G. Nye of Phoenix.

Lenore taught school in Cape Girardeau nine years and in the Elgin, Ill., School District 28 years, where she influenced the lives of a great number of young people with her dedication to her profession of teaching.

She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Rochelle, Rochelle Women's Club, Friendly Society, Delta Kappa Gamma, Rochelle Township Historical Society (life member), Art Institute of Chicago (life member) and Rochelle Hospital Auxiliary.

Her interests included reading, golf, music, bridge and extensive travel throughout the world.

Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle. Private burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Oregon, Ill.

Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church before the service.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church (music fund), 1100 Calvin Road, P.O. Box 215, Rochelle, IL 61068 or Kishwaukee College Foundation (Nye Endowment), 21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150.

Arrangements by Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle, with online guest book at www.ungerhorner.com.