Marengo-Union Funeral Home

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Louis A. Jurisch

March 3, 1942April 9, 2020

Louis A. Jurisch, 78, of Marengo passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020 at home following a long illness. He was born March 3, 1942 in Cleveland, OH, the son of Louis and Elizabeth (Nagy) Jurisch. In 1964 he married Carolyn Muth in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Louis was a scientist, teacher, woodworker, carver, & avid gardener. Louis is survived by his spouse of 55 years, Carolyn; four children, Tony (Melissa) of Hillsboro, OR, Eric (Sophia) of Corona, CA, Heidi (Brian Barnes) of Anchorage, AK, and Karl (Lindsay) of Lakebay, WA; four grandchildren, and many nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Arthur. A memorial gathering and interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Marengo-Union Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.marengo-unionfuneralhome.com.


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Josh Pierce

May 2, 2020

Mr. Jurisch was a passionate teacher and one of my favorites.

I remember him accidentally teaching us the danger of oil hitting it's flash point, and also him going off topic encouraging us to buy magazines in our desired fields explaining that it's important to never let yourself stop learning even and especially when school is done.

I remember him gently breaking the news to me that my plans for a perpetual motion machine won't work but also encouraging me to continue looking into things and thinking. He was always encouraging, funny, and inspiring. He spoke with the students, not at them. He will be missed. Class of 2002.

Robert Frenz

April 18, 2020

Very saddened to hear of Louis' passing. Your family has my sincere condolences. I considered Louis a good friend at Huntley H.S. He was a great teacher and had a great sense of humor. He was truly one of the good guys there. It seems like just yesterday that we were at his retirement party at Checkers. I gave him a copy of the
National Review for his retirement reading. He will be sorely missed. Robert W. Frenz

Becky Anderson

April 15, 2020

I am an old student of Mr. Jurisch. I loved being in his class. He was an amazing teacher. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. He made class fun. I cried when I read he passed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Cathleen O'Donnell

April 15, 2020

Louie and I worked together for many years at Huntley High School, albeit in different departments. He openly welcomed me onto the (very small at that time) staff at HHS, and I remain grateful to this day for his honest friendship and support.

Louie's enthusiasm for students shone brightly. He exuded utter delight at their learning; at their working through the scientific methods he taught; at their ability to ferret out the "rubble" so as to focus on the precise solution in each individual case. Louie truly loved teaching and understood that the reward came, not through his own prowess within his field, but rather, through the rewarding achievements of his students.

Hence, he was more than a mere teacher. Louie was a leader, a questioner, a challenger, a mentor whose laser sharp focus on learning served as a model for us all. I am proud to have known such a man, and my hope that his family and friends find peace and solace in man they knew as husband, father, uncle, and friend.

Jim Alsbury

April 14, 2020

I was a student of Mr. Jurisch some 30+ years ago in Rockford at Jefferson High School. I remember him well, always being kind and warm. He would typically call everyone by their last name...Mr, or Mrs., and had a unique way of connecting with us. I'll never forget his one-liner to remember the formula for figuring the area of a circle..."if cake are round, pi r-squared." My deepest sympathy ~

Frank Schneidinger

April 10, 2020

I remember Louis so fondly from our carpooling days together driving to Morton. He was generous and kind and always helpful. One time I was taking a collection for the family of a deceased coworker and Louis’ donation was exceedingly generous. My wife and I send our sincerest condolences to Caroline and grown children. May God be with you all. Frank Schneidinger


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