Patricia Makris Memorial Award
To Rosanne Frances Cisek
1947 – 2016
Rosanne Frances Cisek has been described by her family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors as fun, smart, warm, generous, caring, dedicated and “the cuter one”…all that knew her know that all of these adjectives are true.
Rosanne loved to party and entertain, especially at her pool with great summer gatherings, but she never wanted to be in the spotlight, which brings us to this evening. Rosanne did not want to be recognized for all her hard work in
Cicero School District #99 and her dedication to The
Inc. She served on the Board of
Directors of The Children’s Center for over 29 years. She always felt there were others who did
more than her and were more deserving.
She was always recruiting new people to join the Board of Directors and
donate their time and talents. Her idea
for a fundraiser was to create a “Calendar” featuring Cicero/Berwyn Firemen and
then hold an auction to win a date with one of them, she, of course, would win. Center
She was a dedicated daughter, lived in
with her parents until they passed. One of her “claim to fame family stories”
was that her grandmother came from Chicago , on a boat with Charlie
Chaplin. She attended Poland Siena High School
and Pestalozzi-Froebel Teacher’s College, now known as . She was the eldest of four siblings, and aunt
to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family was always a priority. She loved doing things with all of them. National Louis
Her friends from college, friends she met through student teaching, taught with, worked with and played with remained friends and stayed in touch to the day she passed. She travelled to
and . She traveled to Morocco to recruit teachers for the
District. She repeatedly vacationed in Spain Florida and Lake Geneva. She spent her entire teaching career from
1969 in Cicero District #99. She taught
1st and 2nd grade.
She was an Assistant Principal at Columbus East and Principal at
Sherlock. She retired in 2004. She had a passion for the young children, but
always made time for conversations with the junior high students. Rosanne expressed a constant interest in her
teachers well being, making sure they had what they needed in their classrooms.
Rosanne helped parents, children, supplied families with food, clothes and even bought a student a graduation dress. She was willing to do whatever she had to do to help children. We honor Rosanne tonight in the community she was dedicated to and to her passion for children and her teachers.
We are proud to present the 2016 Patricia Makris Memorial Award to ROSANNE CISEK posthumously through her family.