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Rick Calahan
Joliet Central
Class of 1973
Passed away on
April 30, 2020

Rick Calahan, a retired manager at AT&T of Oviedo, Florida, passed away on April 30th, 2020 while at home due to a sudden, rapid recurrence of bile duct cancer, which he had successfully staved off 3 years ago to spend those last precious years actively with family and friends.

A private family gathering will be held at Epiphany Lutheran Church, featuring a service presided over by Pastor Janice Mynchenberg.

Rick was born in Joliet, Illinois on March 24th, 1955. He graduated from Joliet Central High School as an avid member of the Marching Band and Golf Team. Rick married the love of his life, Judy, after both graduating college in Illinois. They were married for over 42 wonderful years, which encompassed hundreds of adorable Thursday date nights.

Rick started working for AT&T in 1977 and continued to work there for 38 years in various locations, finally retiring in Oviedo, Florida. He received his MBA from Brenau University in Georgia, during his stay there. When not on the golf course, he dedicated his time to several organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Seminole State College Community Band, American Legion Band, and Epiphany Lutheran Church.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Thresa and Raymond; and his brother, Philip. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; three unique boys: Marc [Angela Liang], Sean [Rachel Fitzgerald], and Brian [Laura Brancheau]; and his two adorable grandchildren, McKayla and Lucas.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following organizations in his honor:
Seminole State College Fund specifically directing the donation to the Seminole State Community Band Program.
Select “Other - please describe program”
Seminole State Community Band Program in memory of Rick Calahan

Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1498 Tuskawilla Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765

Finally, the family is requesting everyone to share a memory or special moment with Rick via the following online form:

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Norm Macdonald
Class of 1961
Passed away on
November 15, 2013

Macdonald III, Norman Angus, 71, of San Juan Capistrano, beloved husband, loving father and grandfather, cherished brother, treasured uncle and adored friend, passed from this life to join his Creator on Friday, November 15th at 5 PM after a courageous battle with leukemia.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, November 25th at the Capo Beach Church, Capo Beach, CA, followed by a 12 noon reception and celebration of his life at the San Juan Hills Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at or the South Coast Symphony Orchestra.

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Jan Uffelmann
Class of 1962
Passed away on
February 18, 2018

Janice Lynn Uffelmann (nee Hacker) entered eternal life on Sunday, February 18, 2018 peacefully with her family by her side. Born November 5, 1944, in Joliet, Illinois, Janice Lynn was the daughter of Mildred (nee Becker) and George Werner Hacker.

She attended Farragut School where she became a member of the all boys' Joliet Grade School Band playing a marimba. She was in the first graduating class in 1958 from Hufford Junior High and a proud member of the Joliet Township High Band, graduating in 1962 from JT. She attended Joliet Junior College and was a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign in 1966.

She was the beloved wife of Orrin Keith Uffelmann for 46 1/2 years; the loving mother of Bradley Allen (Rachel) Uffelmann and Mayme Aileen (Aaron) Studer; sister-in-law of Moleise Hemingway. She also had several first, second, and third cousins. Her beloved pets include, Lancelot, Gandalf and Joe.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Milly and George W. Hacker; grandparents, Mayme and William Becker and Anna and George F. Hacker.

Jan taught 3rd grade at Lockport Elementary School from 1966-67 and kindergarten at A.O. Marshall from 1967-73. She volunteered in the library at Eisenhower Academy while her children attended school, and she was room mother and chaperoned on all field trips. In 1982, Brad joined the Joliet Grade School Band, playing clarinet, thus opening the door for many years of fitting, repairing, cleaning and ordering many new Joliet Grade School Band Uniforms while both Brad and Mayme were in the band; a job she adored. In 1984, she became a member of the Joliet American Legion Band, where she served as secretary for 11 years. After resigning from Joliet American Legion Band, she joined the JJC Community Band and helped form the Joliet Township High School Alumni Band, where she was treasurer. In 2011, she was confirmed as a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church where her great-grandparents, Jacob and Maria Elizabeth Werner and Christian and Sophia Hacker, were married in the mid 1800's; became a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and the Altar Guild, where she was treasurer. She loved sewing, making many of her outfits, her children's and a few for her husband. In the late 90's, she became interested in genealogy, just wanting to locate the origin of her great-grandparents, but finding many relatives that became friends. She was an avid Colorado Avalanche fan attending many games in Denver.

The family would like to thank the staff of Joliet Area Hospice, the Infusion Center at Silver Cross Hospital, 6-2 at Silver Cross Hospital, 4 East at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. Grace Suh, and the staff of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.

Lying in state at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 310 N. Broadway St., Friday, February 23rd from 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 10:00 A.M. Rev. Karl Hess officiating. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to ASPCA, Paws Chicago, Tree House, Animal House Shelter Huntley and St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church will be appreciated.

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