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Lara J. Strzempa
(02-24-1971 - 01-05-2018)

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Lara J. Strzempa, 46, of Elgin, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Advocate Sherman Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer, a battle fought with positive hope until the very end. She was born on February 24, 1971 in Naperville the daughter of Melvin & Christine (Cass) Moehling.
Lara graduated from Crystal Lake Central High School class of 1989, she then graduated from Illinois State University with her BA and Master's Degree. She was and educator and former teacher, currently she was employed by Follett School Solutions as a Classroom Curation Specialist. She was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin. She was a loving wife, mother and daughter. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
She is survived by her loving husband Ernest “Ernie” Strzempa, their children Devin and Ella. She is survived by her father Melvin (Cheri) Moehling. Step siblings: Kelly, Casey, Christine and Michael O’Reilly along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. Her in laws Ernie (Lorraine) Strzempa, sister-in-law Lynnette (Pat) Reardon; nieces Kelsey, and god daughter Kayla; “Sisters”: Tina, Christine, Jean and Teresa.
She was preceded in death by her mother, maternal and paternal grandparents; cousins Trisha and Terry.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin. Burial will be private. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 PM in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin and on Thursday morning at the church from 9:45 AM until the time of mass. In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to Helping Paws of Woodstock. 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com
This obituary will be published in the Northwest Herald on Monday, January 8, 2018


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