Laura Mae Deutsch

June 23, 1967 - March 22, 2019

Laura Mae Deutsch of Batavia, Ill., a dedicated wife, mother and teacher who lit up a room with her infectious laughter and smile, passed away Friday March 22. She was 51.

Laura was a mother to three children and a teacher to many more. At a young age, Laura discovered her passion for teaching and followed it with vigor throughout her life.

Born in Evanston, Ill., on June 23, 1967, she grew up in Northbrook, Ill. She graduated from the University of Iowa and earned a Master of Education in early childhood curriculum and instruction from National Louis University.

She taught elementary school in Highland Park and St. Charles, Ill., and later in her career, she taught teachers as an instructional support coach. Through her love and dedication to her profession, she touched the lives of hundreds of children. Every child who came across Laura’s path thrived. She had a gift for finding the best in each student and inspired scores of children, in particular children facing difficulties, to believe in themselves and rise to the high expectations she knew they could achieve.

Laura forever stressed the importance of reading and read countless books to her students over the years. Sharing the magic of books and the worlds children could enter through the power of words was something Laura treasured throughout her life. 

A beautiful soul, Laura radiated sunshine. She poured love into her family—her husband Billy and children Ryann, Clayton and Hogan. They were the center` of her life and she was so proud of each of them.

She is survived by husband William John Deutsch; children Ryann Paige, Clayton Jones, Hogan Tucker; mother Berniece Marie Jones Kemble of Geneva; sisters Sandra Marie Jones of Evanston and Rebecca Kay (William) LeFebvre of Woodstock, Ga., nieces Cynthia and Mishell. She was preceded in death by her father Wayne E. Jones.

Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday March 30 at United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton Street, Geneva, Ill. A Celebration of Her Life will take place later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Laura Deutsch Memorial Fund for Child Literacy:

Guest Book

  • Archie Gottesman I am so very sorry! Sandy I remember Laura being home when your lovely family had me as a guest in your lovely, warm home so often. I remember Laura as funny, silly and light and so warm even way back when. I hope that in time the great memories of her will give you comfort.
  • Ken Motley Family - Words seem inadequate to express my sadness at the loss of my cousin Laura. Joyful memories of someone as special as Laura - and her great smile-will remain with me always as it will for all family and friends that ever spent a moment with her. I believe the strength of character and determination Laura demonstrated will serve as comfort and healing through these difficult times ahead. God Bless All. Ken
  • Tim Schmuker Bill and the Deutsch Family, I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. My deepest sympathies to you and your family during this very difficult time. May the fond memories of your wife bring some consolation to you.
  • LuAnn Kemble We are so sorry for your great loss. Laura was a lovely woman and brought kindness and joy to our world. Praying for peace, strength, and loving memories. John, LuAnn, Brian, and Holly Kemble
  • Rhonda Yegge My son had Laura as a teacher and inspired him to work hard and improve in writing, which was his weakest area. He willing came home and practiced writing because that is what his teacher taught him to do. Homework was never a fight that year because he knew if it was assigned it was important. I'm sorry for your loss and blessed that my family was touched by Laura in her time at Wasco. Prayers to you from the Yegge family.
  • McNamara's Bill, Ryann, Clayton & Hogan, our Prayers go out to all of you in what has to be a crushing time. We are so sorry that we were unaware that Laura had taken a turn for the worse several months ago. Words can't express how much we feel for you and the pain you are experiencing. Laura was an amazing person with a truly selfless and compassionate nature. No greater testament to who Laura was is seen in what Ryann, Clayton and Hogan are as people. God Bless you all and may the Lord Bless Laura. All our love to you, John, Judy, Ashley, Alexis and Austin.
  • Chad Clarey What sad news, learning of Laura's passing. So many make a living, yet Laura made a career in the business of making a difference for children and families. Proud to have known her and to have been able to call her a friend. My condolences to the kids, and to her husband. A huge loss; far too young. God Bless.
  • Debby Cange A beautiful person, friend and so much more. Laura will be so missed but her smile will live on in her children and with us all as she made an impact on everyone she met. Cheers to you sweet Laura, Debby