- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Students pay tribute to beloved Boylan teacher
Students and faculty at Rockford’s Boylan Catholic High School paid tribute to English and literature teacher, and theater director with Boylan for 34 years, Victoria Sleger at a public memorial service Jan. 31 in the school’s auditorium.
Sleger taught multiple generations before she passed away from complications of the flu Wednesday, Jan. 30.
“She was a tiny woman who had a huge impact,” said Lil Marx, who works in the main office at Boylan and helped with the theater.
Sleger spent countless hours in the classrooms and hallways at Boylan, but the place she loved to spend time most was on stage. She directed more than 61 shows at Boylan and was also in many shows at Starlight Theatre.
Jennifer Abel, The Rock River Times’ legals editor, circulation and classifieds manager, also remembers the teacher fondly.
“Mrs. Sleger was more than a teacher, director, mentor and adviser,” recalls Abel. “She was a friend. She was a tiny woman, but her personality and joy was larger than life. She had a profound influence, not only on my love for acting and the theater, but also in my everyday life. She had an uncanny ability to make everyone she came in contact with feel valued, loved, special, talented and smart. She pushed me to be the best I could be, no matter what part I had, large or small. The world was a brighter place with her in it, and I consider myself lucky to have known her.”
From the Feb. 6-12, 2013, issue