Cathleen Ann (Wittevrongel) Hall, 73, Woodstock, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in her home.
She was born Dec. 4, 1940, in Moline, the oldest of four children.
A gifted and innovative teacher in Arlington Heights School District 25 for 37 years, she taught at many different schools, touching the lives of countless children, families and staff members. As an educational leader, Cathy developed programs including a publishing curriculum with McDougal Littell, designed to inspire and engagxe children in developing a love for learning. She took new teachers under her wing, mentoring them through their early years and beyond. Helping people see and reach their potential was foremost of her gifts as a teacher.
Her encouraging smile and quiet strength made everyone feel an important part of the school.
As a lifelong learner herself, her adventurous spirit and desire to experience new things led her to travel the world. Before becoming ill, she accomplished her goal of reaching all seven continents.
Survivors include her husband, James E. Hall; two daughters, Mary Kay (Hall) Sisson and Ann Marie (Hall) Buch; two son-in-laws, Derek Sisson and Jason Buch; three grandchildren, Ryan Buch, Payton Buch and Adia Sisson; three siblings and their partners, Shelley Wittevrongel (David Phillips), Jim Wittevrongel (Emily), and Beth Johnson (Pam Newberg).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine Aurelia Kinney (Wittevrongel) Stevenson and Marcel (Witt) Wittevrongel; and a nephew, Matthew Allen Johnson.
A memorial service was held Sept. 19, at Meadows Funeral Home, Rolling Meadows. A funeral mass was held Sept. 27 at Resurrection Catholic Church, Woodstock.
Contribution may be made to the Cathy Hall Education Fund at Village Bank and Trust, Arlington Heights.
Arrangements were made by Meadows Funeral Home.