Floann Hamilton of DeKalb, IL., 93, passed peacefully on January 19, 2023, in Chicago, IL. She is now at rest and joined again with the love of her life, her husband, Hallie. Fittingly, it was on his birthday.
Floann is survived by her children Kim (James) Shine, Bret (Ann) Hamilton, and Kord (Thomas Colletta) Hamilton, as well as her grandchildren Nicholas (Stephanie) Shine, Kelly Shine, Grace (Behrad) Hamilton-Emami, Zoe Hamilton, and Eli Hamilton, and great grandchild,Ramin Emami.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Hallie J. Hamilton, her siblings, James Moseley of Geneva, IL., Genelle Lamont, Jane Bearden and Geraldine Davidson of West Frankfort, IL., and Jan Dorris of Marion, IL.
Born June 8, 1929 in West Frankfort, IL., to Gladys and J.R. Moseley. Married August 18, 1958 to the late Hallie J. Hamilton of Bridgeport, IL, for whom she established the “Hallie J. Hamilton Journalism Scholarship” at Northern Illinois University, where he taught from 1958 to 1991. They moved to DeKalb in 1958 from Joliet.
Beginning in 1952, with a degree in Education from Southern Illinois University, Floann taught elementary school in Roxana, Mattoon, Elgin, Joliet, DeKalb, Sycamore and Malta, IL before becoming Coordinator of the Meals on Wheels program for DeKalb County. She later served for eleven years as Coordinator of Volunteer Services at the Voluntary Action Center (VAC) which included the Med VAC program. She was also an instructor for Kishwaukee College in the Continuing Education program. In 1985, Floann was honored for her “Outstanding Volunteer Service” to the DeKalb community.
For over 20 years, Floann was an active member of First Congregational Church of DeKalb, serving as Chairperson of the Women’s Fellowship and Moderator for the church, as well as teaching Sunday School. Her church activities continued with her move to Hillcrest Covenant Church, where she served as a Deacon, librarian, and reporter for the church newsletter – writing biographies and interviews.
Floann’s volunteer activities extended to the auxiliaries of the Kishwaukee Community Hospital (KCH), where she chaired the Scholarship Committee and the Potpourri Bazaar. It was also for KCH that Floann, in partnership with her husband, established the “Floann & Hallie Hamilton Diagnostic Imaging Scholarship.” At the Family Service Agency, she served as President of the Guild. Her numerous other activities included serving as a Laubach Literacy Tutor, and in several offices with the Northern Illinois University’s Women’s Club, Girl Scouts, PTA, CROP Walk, Relay for Life, Court Watch and The Children’s Waiting Room.
For her outstanding commitment to community service, Floann was honored with the “Woman of Accomplishment” award in 2006 by the Athena Society, in cooperation with the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.
Visitation will take place at Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S 4th St, DeKalb, IL 60115 on February 18th from 1:00-3:30 with a memorial service at 3:30. Cremation has taken place. In the spirit of community volunteerism in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Children's Waiting Room at the DeKalb County Courthouse, DeKalb’s Voluntary Action Center or any organization in your community that may benefit.