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24 | February 16, 2017 |

24 | February 16, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger life & Arts D210 remembers longtime athletic secretary Meredith Dobes Freelance Reporter It is often those behind the scenes who do not receive the recognition or the awards for the vital work they contribute. Terri Rossi, a longtime athletic secretary in Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 and former First Lady of Frankfort, could be categorized as someone whose work was primarily done behind the scenes, but her caring, charismatic personality radiated out for the Lincoln-Way community to see. Today, her personality is what many remember her for. Rossi, 63, of Frankfort, died Feb. 4 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice House in Joliet. She leaves behind a legacy in both the high school district and the Frankfort communities. “We were so fortunate to have had Terri Rossi in our lives and in the Lincoln-Way East football family for over 15 years,” said Rob Zvonar, East football head coach. “Terri leaves a legacy of selflessness and kindness that will never be forgotten. She constantly put the needs of others before herself and did everything she could to help the coaches, student-athletes, parents, faculty and administration have a better experience at Lincoln-Way.” Rossi started her career at the school district as a financial secretary at East, transferred to the role of athletic secretary at Lincoln-Way Central and finished as the athletic secretary at East. She retired in 2015 and was an honorary captain of the East football team. Her colleagues remember her as a great friend who would always put others first and go out of her way to help. “She took care of everybody,” said Brian Papa, former East girls soccer head coach. “There was not a time I met her she wasn’t willing to help. If I didn’t know something, and she didn’t know it, she’d find it out for me. … She was an awesome person — a good, good person.” Rossi also had an impact on students’ lives at Lincoln- Way. She worked to organize and start the Lincoln-Way East bookstore, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland said. “There’s hardly a studentathlete at East who didn’t know Terri Rossi over the last probably 10 years or so,” Holland said. “She was outgoing, friendly and well-liked. ... The memory of her that I will take away is the positive impact she had on the students and staff at Lincoln-Way East High School.” Holland said he remembered first meeting Rossi when she was involved in planning a Save the Water Tower Ball in the 1990s in Frankfort — an effort to maintain the historic water tower near the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce building. Rossi’s husband, Ray Rossi, was the mayor of Frankfort from 1993-2005. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody say anything negative about Terri, and that speaks volumes about who she was,” Papa said. In addition to helping out when needed at East and demonstrating kindness to students and staff alike, Rossi kept things organized and paid attention to all of the little details that made things easier for everyone else, he added. Some of Papa’s favorite memories of Rossi are moments he would come to her with concerns or frustrations, and she would listen and tell him that everything would work out. “People just remember her,” he said. “I know how I’ll remember her and the fond memories I have of how she helped me get through instances. It’s usually the Terri Rossi, who was a honorary captain of the Lincoln-Way East football team after she retired from the district in 2015, does the coin toss for one of the Griffins’ football games. Photos Submitted people behind the scenes who don’t get the accolades, and she’s one of those people behind the scenes.” Zvonar added that Rossi made the athletic office at East a better place and made everyone who entered feel welcomed. “Terri had a genuine love, care and concern for those whom she was around,” he said. Rossi is survived by husband Raymond “Ray” Rossi; children Amanda (Michael) Marshall, Brandon (Kristin) Rossi, Carmen Rossi and Drake Rossi; siblings Sharon (Dave) Pavletich, Floyd (Patti) Wilson and Scott (Jane) Wilson; and grandchildren Brock Marshall, Chase Marshall, Gianna Marshall, Gage Marshall, Miabella Marshall, Madeline Rossi and Tyler Rossi. Terri Rossi (center) stands with some Lincoln-Way East football players . Rossi, a longtime Lincoln-Way employee and avid football fan, died Feb. 4. life & Arts the Mokena Messenger | February 16, 2017 | 25 Candy-making event comes to Mokena Public Library Ryan Esguerra Freelance Reporter The Mokena Community Public Library District decided to treat its guests to something special in the latest weekly program at the library. On Feb. 5, the library hosted Mokena resident Sue Peltzer, owner and demonstrator at Delicious Creations, located in Hickory Hills. Delicious Creations is a full retail candy shop open to the public with a made-to-order bakery specializing in candy making and cake decorating. “We do demonstrations like this at a lot of the libraries and churches around the area,” Peltzer said. “The librarian was looking for people to come and do demonstrations when she saw my shirt. ... And she asked what Delicious Creations was, and it went from there.” The class, which was Valentine’s Day-themed, was open to people ages 18 and older who were looking to make special treats with someone special. In front of the group, Peltzer demonstrated the process of melting her specialty chocolate down, as well as a step-by-step process teaching the class how to use chocolate to make candy. With a light-hearted approach, Peltzer led a lively class in the creation of chocolate-covered caramel turtles, peanuts, raisins, pretzels, white chocolate orange crunch bark and chocolatedipped marshmallows with sprinkles. Participants were allowed to take all of their creations home after the program. “This was a good group of people to work with,” Peltzer said. “I love the fun classes that are loud, communicative and make a little trouble with Sue Peltzer (middle), the owner of Delicious Creations, helps Mokena resident Jim Cronkhite (left) and Rich Dudek, of New Lenox, make their candy creations Feb. 5 during a demonstration at the Mokena Community Public Library District. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media each other.” Peltzer went on to say that she designs her creations to be easy enough to make that they can be made outside the demonstration room. “This is just another event, especially during Valentine’s Day, that people will participate in and use when the class is done,” Peltzer said. “I would say at least half the people make at home the chocolates that they learn to build here.” New Lenox resident Betty Dudek and her husband, Richard, make it a point to come to programs hosted at the Mokena library each week. Dudek said that this week’s event, in particular, ranks high on her list of library programs. “I usually go to all of the events that they have on Saturdays, and this one ranks real high up there for me,” Dudek said. “It was very interesting, and she did a really good job. ... I am going to try to use these recipes in the future; I am going to go to her shop, buy some things Donna Saxton tops her marshmallow cone with sprinkles. and try.” The candy demonstration is one of many programs hosted at the Mokena Community Public Library District. Peltzer, who said she has attended demonstrations on how to crotchet, praised the library for its ability to organize quality programs that people can come to for free. “The library offers great programs to people,” Peltzer said. “Stuff like this is nice for the village because they offer these programs to people for free. “People can come out, have a good time and not get charged for it, which is nice.” Attention Builders: Advertise with 22nd Century Media Reach 92,000+ Southwest Suburban homes. ® Contact Lora Healy Donna Saxton helps Chester Katarzynki fill his cone with chocolate during the demonstration. Emilia Weindorfer, of Mokena, puts the finishing touches on her chocolate-covered pretzel. 708.326.9170 ext. 31