DECATUR -- Colleen Reedy Legge, 65, of Frankfort died January 9, 2015, at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home with family at her bedside.
She was born on July 17, 1949 in Decatur, the daughter of Mary Margaret Shay Reedy and William Smith Reedy.
Ms. Legge graduated from Lovington High School in 1967. She attended Quincy College and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of English; from Eastern Illinois University in 1996 with a Master of Science in Educational Administration – Principalship; and from Eastern in 2000 with a Specialist Degree in Education – Superintendency.
She taught English, Spanish, and speech in Illinois and New York for 14 years. She was also a part-time professor at Lake Land Community College. Ms. Legge was a school administrator for 18 years. She was Assistant Principal at Mattoon Middle School from 1995-1998 and Mattoon High School from 1998-2000. She was Principal of LaSalle-Peru Township High School from 2000-2002 and Principal of Eisenhower High School in Decatur from 2002-2007. From 2007-2009 Ms. Legge was Superintendent of Schools at Jersey Community Unit School District in Jerseyville. She served as Superintendent of Schools in Kankakee School District #111 from 2009-2013 and retired in June of 2013.
Ms. Legge also worked as a counselor at the Moultrie County Counseling Center and at Junior Achievement of Rochester, Minnesota.
Ms. Legge was a member of Zonta of Kankakee, Kiwanis of Mattoon and Kankakee, Rotary Club of Jerseyville, trustee of Provena St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and Large Unit District Association.
She served as a school board member and president of St. Mary’s School in Mattoon and on the Editorial Board of Catholic Times. Ms. Legge was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of Frankfort. She received all her Holy Sacraments at her ancestral parish, St. Isidore Catholic Church in rural Bethany.
Survivors include a son, Paul (Kim) Legge of Byron Center, Michigan and a daughter, Jennifer (Steve) McQueen of Chicago. She has five grandchildren - Braylen Legge and twins Zoey and Macey Legge of Byron Center, Michigan; and Benjamin and Cecilia McQueen of Chicago. She has one brother Ed (Cindy) Reedy of Lovington and seven sisters including twin sister Ilene (Mike) Tintor of Chatham; Mary Jo Fischer of Mt. Zion; Patti (Mike) Dougherty of Chicago; Jan (John) Thornton of Sugar Land, Texas; Ann (Steve) Randich of Joliet; Carol Pearson of Decatur; and Sue (Kevin) Webb of Glen Carbon. She has twenty nieces and nephews and seven great nieces and nephews. She has two aunts Patricia Genta of Mattoon and Cecilia (Jack) Frankovich of Decatur. Ms. Legge was predeceased by her parents and several aunts and uncles.
Colleen will be missed by her children and grandchildren, siblings, family, friends, and colleagues. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, and her career in education.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home; vigil prayer service will take place at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Bethany. Burial will follow in St. Isidore Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Colleen A. Legge Teacher Scholarship of Kankakee School District #111, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.
The family of Colleen Reedy Legge is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.moranandgoebel.com.
Obituary written by family members.