Knoch and Wehrli are two names that mean a lot in Naperville. Now, we’re remembering the life of a woman was both.
Jean Knoch Wehrli encouraged both her students and her children to “do your level best, in a cheerful spirit, right now.”
The mother of seven grew up in Naperville – attending Saints Peter and Paul Grade School and Naperville Central High School.
After graduating from the University Of Illinois in Champaign, she worked as a teacher in Forrest, Illinois, where she was known for loving her students and recognizing each one’s unique spirit.
She later married her childhood friend Don Wehrli, and moved back to Naperville, where she worked at Argonne National Laboratory and served on the Naperville Arts Commission and Naperville Park District Committee.
Many of the Wehrli’s children have continued their parent’s legacy of community involvement in Naperville. “If you have something better to do than the dishes, go do it,” Jean used to say.
Jean Wehrli died on December 12th. She was 88 years old.
Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.