AURORA—Nancy Noel Tobin, 71, of Aurora, formerly of Mount Carroll and Belvidere, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, peacefully at her home.
A visitation will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Rd. Elmhurst. There will be a second visitation from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Belvidere Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment in Belvidere Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to either WTTW PBS television or WBEZ NPR radio, as she was a fierce supporter of public broadcasting. Donations can also be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The daughter of Linus and Monetta (O'Leary) McKeown, she was born Oct. 1, 1947, in Rockford. She married Paul Tobin on June 14, 1969, at St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere.
She attended St. James Catholic School, graduated from Belvidere High School, and received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University. She began her teaching career, took a decade off to be at home when her own kids were young, and then taught Spanish and English at Forreston High School until her retirement.
She loved reading, seeing musicals, traveling, and was a life-long learner. Her three grandchildren were the center of her universe; she was a very loving, involved "Nana", frequently taking them swimming, having them over for sleepovers, and attending their sport and school events. She organized family trips to Disney World and Beachwalk on Lake Michigan that made memories the grandkids will cherish for their lifetimes.
Nancy had a passion for people and loved helping those less fortunate, whether it be with a donation, a ride to the doctor or babysitting, or a shoulder to cry on.
Survivors include her children Shannon (Jim Miller) and Douglas (Amy); grandkids Samuel Tobin, Gabrielle Miller, and Alexander Tobin; "sister-like" cousin, Kristine Hammerstrand; her dog Molly; and many friends and extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and many aunts and uncles.