Margot “Frau T.”Tymoszenko nee Spitznagel, age 92, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 26th, 2016

TymoszenkoMargot “Frau T.” Tymoszenko nee Spitznagel, age 92, of Lombard, passed away February 16 at her home.
A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, March 5 from 1:00 PM until time of Memorial Service at 3:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.
Mrs. Tymoszenko is survived by her loving son, Michael (Debie Haley) Tymoszenko of Lombard; her dear grandchildren, Stephanie (Randy) Sladek of Villa Park, Michael Jr. (Amy) Tymoszenko of Villa Park, Brittany Tymoszenko of Glen Ellyn and Joseph A. Tymoszenko of Glen Ellyn; her beloved great-grandchildren, Anna Tymoszenko of Villa Park, Michael N. Tymoszenko III of Villa Park, Ava Sladek and Ella Sladek of Villa Park; her sister, Enid (Klaus) Janssen of Germany; and her niece and nephew,  Uta of Ireland and Andreas of Germany.
Mrs. Tymoszenko is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J, and her brother, Henning Spitznagel.
Mrs. Tymoszenko was born in Essen, Germany on March 14, 1923. She studied Medicine in Germany, married her husband, Joseph who was stationed there by the USAF, and came to the US in 1957. Mrs. Tymoszenko received her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago in the 1960’s. She moved to Lombard in 1969 and lived here for the last 47 years. She taught German at Glenbard East and Glenbard West High Schools from 1963-1983. Mrs. Tymoszenko was a well-known and well-loved teacher by her students. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, the Opera, and traveling.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimers Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, are appreciated.
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7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Carla Miller Hanrahan says:

    I was Frau T’s student at Glenbard East from 1978 to 1982. She was an amazing teacher and an amazing woman. She was tough, demanding, and didn’t tolerate any nonsense. She was also genuinely interested in getting to know me as an individual and made me feel special and loved. I still remember lessons I learned in Frau’s class. After reading of her death, I had to take out the high school graduation gift she gave me, a Cross pen. It is one of my treasured possessions. Frau T is always in my heart.

  2. Michelle Sinka-Teschky says:

    I was not a student of Frau T’s because I had to study French at Glenbard East. My mother was also born in Germany (in 1921) and I already spoke German so I had to learn another language. I went on Frau T’s last school trip to Germany (Summer 1984). I have very fond memories of her. She visited my mother and me once and it seemed that the two were very similar. I’ve often thought of her through the years. May you all embrace the memories…and take comfort in that so many students were touched by her presence.

  3. Michael Bolling says:

    Frau T was my high school German instructor in my junior and senior years at Glenbard East (graduating class of 1967). Although only a German student for 2 high school years, she worked closely with me and provided the necessary encouragement and discipline to complete 3 years of study in 2 years. Following graduation, I lost touch with friends and faculty from high school as I attended college, graduate school. and then relocated to Massachusetts. I returned to IL in 1998, but gave little thought to my high school years until I attended one of the events of my 45th class reunion: a tour of the high school building in July 2012. That prompted me to search the internet for Frau T. Shortly thereafter, I contacted her and took to dinner, which I subsequently repeated a few times. Although it was difficult to remain in continuous contact because I was traveling to my office in Providence, RI every other week, I arranged a 90th birthday party for her at my home with a few of my friends also attending. I believe that she enjoyed the celebration of reaching age 90. I believe that may have been the last time I saw Frau T, but I did speak with her on occasion by phone. I hope that her other former students will appreciate that she spoke fondly of most and the educational trips she sponsored for the benefit of her students. She often said that she hoped that someone would sit down with her for interviews that might be used to write a book chronicling her life and the times in which she lived, including the war years in Germany. Unfortunately, that opportunity was probably lost as she, like so many of her generation are no longer with us.
    Although very tough in the classroom, she was a warm and loving mentor and, hopefully, will be remembered by all of us for that reason.

  4. John Henderson says:

    I’ve only know learned that Frau T has passed away. I tried to call her numerous times throughout the past few years and never got an answer. I loved Frau T a lot, she was a wonderful teacher and I attribute my love of languages and adventure to her guidance and wonderful stories. My life would not have been the same without her influence and I wish I still had a chance to tell her in person. I will remember her forever.

  5. It was today that I read that Margot had passed away. I knew her ever since I was a child and my parents Erich and Else were very close friends to her. Since she had moved to the US she visited us once a year in Germany and she wrote a most moving letter to my mother and me when my father died in 1971.
    I also met her several times in Lombard and unfortunately in the 1990s our relation ended. I also remember her son Michael and hope that he is doing fine.
    I will never forget her.

  6. John R Carpenter says:

    I will never forget this teacher, 49 years after attending my last day in her classroom. Frau T was volatile, demanding, headstrong, honest, and loving, all at once. If you were her student and displayed honest effort, she would go to the ends of the earth for you. A lot has been written about her stern side…as I think back, the love she had for teaching and students always overshadowed the stern exterior. Lombard has lost a truly great teacher and citizen.

  7. paul milner says:

    My Dear Frau T. What a loving woman! With a history of Germany comparable to my father, who also knew her, she was one of the most amazing H.S. teachers I have know. Von Dein Siegfried, schlaft im Ruhig!

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