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HERstory

Meet the Naperville women making history right now! This blog highlights the stories of Naperville women nominated by the community through the HERstory campaign. 

Nov 23

Meet Joan Thompson Uebele

Posted on November 23, 2020 at 3:20 PM by Denise Cartina

"Joan Thompson Uebele grew up in Illinois and Michigan. She attended Naperville High School before attending university. After college graduation, she served in the operating rooms and classrooms of Edward Hospital, Good Sam, Rush University, Rush Copley, Rush College of Nursing, Waubonsee Community College, and Kenya Methodist University. Joan was known for her many hobbies, including baking pies, riding horses, gardening, writing academic nursing articles, and playing the violin in several different bands. She loved nature and enjoyed hiking and camping. Joan always treated others with kindness and compassion. She passed away from cancer in 2015."

Nominated by Roberta Boecker Priz

Nov 23

Meet Evelyn Schum

Posted on November 23, 2020 at 3:19 PM by Denise Cartina

"Evelyn Schum graduated from the Copley Hospital School of Nursing in 1941. She worked as a nurse in many capacities throughout her life, including many years at Copley Hospital. When her husband returned home after serving in WWII, the two moved to Naperville and raised four children. Evelyn was an active community member and involved in many organizations, including as a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and organized mission activities such as involvement in the Naperville Food Pantry. She was active with the Naperville YMCA, serving on their Board of Directors, and chairing the International Committee for many years, often arranging housing for international students visiting Naperville. She also taught fitness classes at the YMCA. She passed away in 2018 in the Naperville home that she lived in for 70 years."

Nominated by Roberta Boecker Priz

Nov 23

Meet Wilma Roescke

Posted on November 23, 2020 at 3:17 PM by Denise Cartina

"Wilma Roescke was a leader in the Naperville community. She helped shape Naperville’s schools, which began as president of the School Board of High School District 107, and then overseeing the merger of Elementary District 78 and District 107 to form District 203. She was president of the District 203 School Board for 7 years until she was appointed as the first female on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Naperville. She was a founding director of the Board of the Bank of Fox Valley. She was also the first Sister City Commissioner, founded the Naperville Chapter of the Cancer Society, helped found the Family Service League, and much more. She passed away in 2017."

Nominated by Roberta Boecker Priz