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