EVANSTON, IL – Kathleen M. LeBlanc, 77, of Lake Zurich, died peacefully with her family by her side at NorthShore Evanston Hospital in Evanston on Friday, September 18, 2020.
Kathleen was born on August 11, 1943 to Charles and Anna Galamba in Wakefield, Michigan.
In 1989 Kathleen moved to Chicago, the city she loved. She entered Northwestern University where she majored in business administration with a major in accounting. This eventually led to her longtime finance department at NorthShore Health Systems.
Those close to Kathleen knew that she had a tendency to speak up and delve deep into her own interests and passions. Kathleen loved the arts, travel, food and her small group of dear friends, Cindy, Annamaria and Joan. During her previous years in Chicago, she worked evening and weekend at the Chicago Art Institute, giving tours and presentations. This resulted in many hours of art history studying, especially French Impressionists, as evidenced by the piles of books, artwork, and literature throughout their home. Kathleen’s travels with her friend Cindy took them to Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice, where she continued to pursue her love of art and cultures. Her travels also took her to Greece, where she stayed with her dear friend Annamaria, who showed her adventure and gracious hospitality. Kathleen loved talking about Greece and how it was a home away from home.
Kathleen is survived by her sons Craig (Katie) LeBlanc of Kohler, Wisconsin and Jim (Michelle) LeBlanc of Lansing, Michigan. seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Nathan, Henry, Justin, Matthew, Kyle, and Brecken; a sister, Frances Laurin; Nieces and nephews; other loving relatives and friends; and Craig’s Golden Retriever Cooper, for whom in her eyes she could never go wrong.
Contributions for Kathleen will be given to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
A celebration of Kathleen’s life will take place at a later date to be determined.
The arrangements were entrusted to Jerald Rocco. Condolences can be offered online at lakesidememorialchapel.com.