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Edmund J. Studnicki
Edmund J. Studnicki, 94, of Streator, Illinois, died May 23, 2020. Born in 1926 to Joseph and Anna Studnicki, Edmund was the epitome of the Greatest Generation, living out the values of responsibility, patriotism, faith, service, honesty, charity, and hard work throughout his entire life.
After graduating from Streator High School in 1945, Edmund was drafted into the U.S. Army. He completed basic training at Camp Joseph Robinson in Arkansas and then officer's training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Edmund proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to the 350th Infantry (L Company), stationed in both Italy and Yugoslavia. After WWII ended, Edmund returned to Streator and continued to serve in the Army Reserves.
While working on his undergraduate degree in Education at Bradley University, Edmund met the love of his life, Dolores Besserman, at the Indian Acres dance hall in Streator. They married in 1951 upon his graduation. Edmund then went on to receive a Masters Degree in U.S. History from Bradley, as well as an Advanced Degree in Doctoral Studies from Northern Illinois University.
Following a one-year teaching stint in Annawan, Illinois, Edmund returned to Streator, serving as both teacher and principal of various Streator area schools for the rest of his 40-year career, including positions at Grand Ridge, Oakland Park, Northlawn, Greeley, and Kimes Schools.
Edmund was an active member of the former St. Stephen's Church, serving as eucharistic minister and high school religious education teacher for many years. He further served his parish by teaching at St. Stephen’s School upon his retirement from the public school system.
Edmund lived out his faith daily and was a loving husband to his wife, Dolores, as well as a dedicated caregiver to her in her later years. Edmund and Dolores were married for 69 years. Edmund genuinely cared about people and saw the good in everyone he met, especially his students. He was a true gentleman and a selfless person, who never had an unkind word to say about anyone. He provided a rich example of how to live one’s life fully and was an inspiration to those who knew him. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, reading, and especially spending time with his family.
Edmund was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna; brothers, Anthony, Edward, Joseph, Theodore, and Raymond; sister, Josephine Metzger; and son, David (Joan) Studnicki.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Dolores (Streator); sons, Gary (Peggy) Studnicki (Streator) and Bruce Studnicki (Bloomington, IL); daughter, Julie (Mike) Munie (North Augusta, SC); daughter-in-law, Joan Studnicki (Streator); brother, Henry (Dolores) Studnicki (Wood River, IL); grandchildren: Sarah (Matt) Dukes (Marquette Heights, IL), Susan Studnicki (Streator), Adam (Sarah) Studnicki (Streator), Michael Studnicki (Clinton, IL), Monica (Joel) Brooks (Washburn, IL), Megan (Brad) DeMoss (Streator), Nathan Studnicki (Streator), Amanda Studnicki (Gainsville, FL), Jessica Munie (Atlanta, GA), and Stephanie Munie (North Augusta, SC); and nine great-grandchildren.
In keeping with social distancing guidelines, a walk-thru visitation hour for the public will be held Wednesday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held at St. Stephen’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Streator Salvation Army.
I have found memories of my JH teacher from Oakland Park.His friendly smile,his disciple was met out justly.He left an impression that will stay with me forever. My condolences to his wife and all his family.May the Lord comfort and bless you. Thanks be to God
William Zipay Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM
He was our principal at Kimes. Such a wonderful gentleman who really cared about his students. He was one of the first faces I saw each morning greeting students. My deepest condolences to his family.
Mari Feb 26 2021 12:00 AM
To the Family, I am saddened at the news of Ed's passing. When I arrived in Streator to become Principal at Otter Creek, Ed was a Principal in the Streator School System. He greeted me warmly and pledged his cooperation whenever I needed it. He was one of the most positive people I have ever known. He was always there to serve the students and was an example of what a school teacher and administrator should be, caring, positive, and always welcoming to the students. He was a great role model for kids and teachers alike. He was a fine educator, but an even better man and friend. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the process of adaption to life without this wonderful man.
Larry Sebby Jun 1 2020 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary Jean and Mike Dzurisin May 29 2020 12:00 AM
We are sorry to see the passing of our long time neighbor, but yet happy to see him at peace. If anyone deserves a place in Heaven it is certainly Ed. We fondly remember him and of course the whole family. We especially remember Ed and Delores sitting on the back swing and listening to her infectious laugh. What truly nice people. We think often of the sad ending they have had to endure. What happened to Dolores should happen to no one.
Jackk and Jo Daugherity May 28 2020 12:00 AM
I was his student in 1970. He was such an amazing teacher, I have never forgotten him and all he stood for. He was such an honorable and kind man. Thank you for sharing your family member with all of his students. Sorry for his passing.
Julie Glos Wig May 27 2020 12:00 AM
Ed Studnicki was my principal when I taught at Kimes School for many years. He was such a pleasure to work with as a teacher, and a joy to watch as he interacted with the students. Such a kind, good-hearted man - and I'll always remember him as he is smiling in the picture here! Our sympathy to all the Studnicki Family.
Joyce (Roger) Reinmann May 27 2020 12:00 AM
A kind and intelligent gentleman. He was my eighth-grade teacher at Grand Ridge.
Janyce Connell Eviston May 26 2020 12:00 AM
He was my history teacher at Oakland Park. The ONLY time I ever really liked history! He made it interesting. My condolences to the family.
Mabe May 26 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Edmund Studnicki
Patricia May 26 2020 12:00 AM