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On Tuesday, January 9, Sue Zapinski was sworn in as the newest member of Westmont Park District’s Board of Commissioners. Sue was appointed by the Park Board to replace 37 year member of the Board, Commissioner Sandra Smith. Sadly, Sandra Smith resigned from the Board on December 13 and passed away on December 14.
We welcome Sue to the Westmont Park District.
Sandra Jean Smith
May 20, 1944 to December 14, 2017
Celebration of Our Loved One
Sandra had a successful life that included her love for her community, her devotion to athletics, and her commitment to her friends and family. Sandra graduated Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and followed with her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School. Sandra committed her time to the community with a 37 year association with the Village of Westmont and surrounding communities Park District. Sandra was a Park Commissioner for Westmont Park District who was always advocating the need for recreational activities for all, but especially for girls. Sandra loved traveling to just about any place in the world. But two of her favorite places were Hong Kong and London. This spirited her enthusiasm for everything British. Sandra participated in a few car clubs in the Chicago area. She seemed to never miss a car show from May to September. Her original foray into this “man’s arena” was to express her forever love of the Ford Mustang. After having her British interest piqued, Sandra ventured into the world of Jaguar.
Sandra had numerous dogs in her household, the majority of them being German shepherds. However, her last beloved dog, Blu, was a golden retriever. This love of the breed catapulted Sandra into the group “As Good As Gold” where she assisted with the adoption process.
A Celebration of Life memorial will be held on Saturday, February 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Ronald J Gunter Administrative Center located at 55 East Richmond St., Westmont, IL.
In lieu of flowers, donations are being requested to the Westmont Park District-55 East Richmond St, Westmont IL 60559 Attn: Donations “Smith Woods” C/O Robert Fleck, Executive Director, or call 630-969-8080 with questions. Public is welcome to attend.
It is with great sadness that the Westmont Park District notifies our community that we have lost two members of the Board of Commissioners. On Thursday, December 14th Commissioner Sandra Smith, a 36 year member, passed away. Then on Sunday, December 17th, Board President, Commissioner Diane Main, lost her three year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Respectfully, Robert Fleck, Executive Director
Diane was a member of the Board of Commissioner for 38 years and 2014 Chairman of the Illinois Association of Park District Board of Trustees. She leaves an amazing legacy that was commemorated with the naming of Diane Main Park on July 4, 2017. She believed in the purpose and benefits of the parks and recreation programs. She was truly an advocate for the Westmont Park District, its staff and the entire Westmont Village Community. Diane was the epitome of faith, spirit, and grace during her battle with cancer. Our hearts and prayers are with her husband Bob and the entire Main family. We consider ourselves richer for having been the benefactor of her contributions.
Sandra Smith served Westmont as Secretary of the Park District Board of Commissioners for over three decades. She was a champion for the parks and women’s issues. As she sadly tenured her resignation earlier this month, the Board expressed their intention of renaming Twin Lake Woods to Smith Woods in her honor. She glowed with pride and acknowledgement of her years of service with people who had become a second family to her. She was our friend and advocate, she will be missed.
DEVELOPMENT OF ROBERT W. BERNAS PARK COMING SOON
The much anticipated construction of the Westmont Park District’s newest neighborhood park, Robert Bernas Park, is slated to begin later this summer. Funded in part with a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Bernas Park on South Wilmette Street will be the District’s largest neighborhood park at 6.78 acres. Passive recreation, habitat and open space are the driving forces behind the design of this latest addition to the great open spaces in Westmont. An open picnic shelter, playground, restroom facility, permeable paver parking lot, walking path, fishing pier, boardwalk and wetland restoration will be some of the features found at this beautiful park. Construction is expected to be complete in September of 2018. We look forward to seeing you in our parks.