Audrey Claesson, 94, died peacefully in her home on Monday, January 3, 2022. Audrey was born on July 30, 1927 in Sugar Grove, IL, the daughter of the late Ruel and Hazel (Graham) Mighell.
Audrey graduated from Sugar Grove High School in 1945 and from Northern Teachers College, now N.I.U., in 1949. She was united in marriage to Carl Claesson in 1949. Her 30 years of teaching started at Big Rock High School where she spent 7 years teaching Home Economics and then the remainder of her teaching career was spent at Kaneland School District teaching 6th grade until her retirement in 1992. She then volunteered in her daughter, Carol’s classroom in Hinckley Big Rock Elementary for the next 23 years.
Before retirement Carl and Audrey did extensive traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, with Sweden being their favorite. After Carl’s death in 1992, Audrey continued traveling to California, Sweden, and enjoyed many bus trips with the seniors and also her lunch dates with her retired teacher friends.
She was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Sugar Grove Historical Society and an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox.
A loving mother and devoted grandmother and great grandmother, she is survived by one son, Kevin (Kathy) Claesson, of Elburn; three daughters, Carol (Dan) Kohler of Hinckley, Carla (Dohn) Peterson of Sugar Grove and Cari (Jeff) Shulkin of El Dorado Hills, CA; nine grandchildren, Amanda (Dale) Hartzell, Stephanie Claesson, Brian (Aleasha Jocius) Claesson, Joshua (Jennifer) Kohler, Jacob Kohler, Adam (April) Sobieray, Connor Peterson, Aaron Shulkin and Noah Shulkin; eight great grandchildren, Abby, Breana, Elijah, Giana, Blake, Grady, Gracelynn and Calvin, a sister-in-law, Mary Claesson and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ruel and Hazel Mighell, husband, Carl, two sisters, Elizabeth Wilson and Mona Knuth, and a brother, Stanley Mighell.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, with the funeral service beginning at 1:00 PM at the Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove. Interment will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be made either to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church or Sugar Grove Historical Society. We ask that all visitors wear a mask. For more information or to sign the online guestbook call 630-466-1330 or visit HealyChapel.com.
Published by Beacon News on Jan. 9, 2022.