William (Bill) Faellaci, 86, passed away on March 15, 2013 surrounded by family. He was born August 11, 1926 in Newman, IL to Lucille and William H. Faellaci, Sr.
Growing up in Chicago, IL, Bill enjoyed playing softball and tennis, boy scouts, movies, rowing in Lincoln Park and swimming in Lake Michigan. He attended Foreman High School where he participated in ROTC, Latin club, and student council until his graduation in June 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served at a base in Oakland, CA where he watched the battleships return to San Francisco at the end of WWII. After his discharge in 1946, Bill and his brother Gil attended Illinois State Normal University, where Bill studied to become a high school mathematics teacher. He made many life-long friends during his college years, graduating in 1949. He continued his education by completing a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1951. From 1961-63, Bill participated in summer institutes for mathematics teachers at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where he and his young family enjoyed eating lobster, clams and swimming at the beach. He also attended summer institutes at Michigan State University and Hope College in Michigan.
Bill taught mathematics and served as math department chair at Crystal Lake High School in Illinois, with a long, distinguished tenure of 37 years. He also taught college mathematics at McHenry County College in Illinois. Bill enjoyed the camaraderie and occasional pranks with his fellow math teachers, and he was known for his bow ties and high standards. A dedicated educator, Bill challenged, encouraged, and mentored his students. He gladly offered tutoring sessions in his home that included a “study break” of ice cream and cookies or popcorn. Bill continued to stay in touch with his former students and teacher colleagues and he is remembered fondly by them.
After Bill’s retirement from Crystal Lake High School in 1987, he taught for three years at Ravenscroft in Raleigh, NC. Having missed the excitement of the big battleships during his time in the Navy, Bill was excited to teach college math over a period of ten years to enlisted personnel on board aircraft carriers and other Navy ships as they conducted their training exercises in the Middle East and other regions. In recent years, Bill served as a substitute teacher and tutored students in high school math. His teaching career spanned 60 years.
Bill met Mildred Enns while at Illinois State Normal University. They married in 1949 and settled in Crystal Lake, IL. They were married 21 years and had three children. From 1971 to 1982, Bill was married to Andrée Hest. In 1983, Bill married Patricia Schauble. They have been married for nearly 30 years, and lived in Crystal Lake, IL briefly until their retirement and move to Raleigh NC.
Bill embraced a full and active life. He coached high school tennis, played in numerous tournaments, and was on the court with family and friends until last year. Bill and Pat travelled often and especially enjoyed sailing on Royal Clipper Ships. Fun times with family, laughter with friends, good food and a glass of wine were the simple pleasures of life that Bill valued. He often reminded people to take time to “stop and smell the roses”. People loved Bill’s warm, friendly nature and mildly sarcastic good humor. He will be sorely missed by many.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother, Gilbert Faellaci; children, John Faellaci, Jeffrey Faellaci, and Janet Fairman; step-children, Katherine Schauble, Greg Schauble, and Lynn Schauble; grandchildren, Jared Faellaci, Dean Faellaci, Evelyn Fairman, and Laura Fairman; step-grandsons, Ian Smith and Max Echevarria; and great-grandchildren, William Faellaci, Madeline Faellaci, and Elizabeth Faellaci.
A memorial service and committal will be held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1520 Canterbury Road, Raleigh, NC 27608 on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception in the Parish Hall for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Hospice of Wake County (250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607), to the Raleigh Tennis Association to support youth tennis programs in Raleigh (c/o Beth Beam, PO Box 99217, Raleigh, NC 27624-9217), the Pipe Organ Fund of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church or to a charity of your choice.