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Staff Report
5:00 am CDT May 6, 2019

Patrick Houlihan Flynn, of Wilmette, beloved and devoted husband of Kari Mitchell Flynn; proud and loving father of Gia, Stella, and James Flynn, died. Flynn was the cherished son of Carol and David; and caring brother to Molly, Emily and Andrew. Flynn will be greatly missed by many. A memorial service was held.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SitStayRead at Literacy was very important to Patrick.  For info:  call Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home at 847-251-8200.  

Thomas Muench 

Thomas Muench, a former Wilmette resident, died peacefully April 18. Muench was born on July 6, 1938 in Chicago. His family moved to Wilmette, where he spent his youth. Muench attended Catholic schools culminating in his graduation from Xavier University in Cincinnati. While on a Catholic mission to Europe, he discovered his passion for mathematical economics in a library at Heidelberg University in Germany. He returned to the United States to complete his PhD in Economics at Purdue University. After completing his ROTC obligation as one of Robert McNamara’s whiz kids at the Pentagon, he took a position in the University of Minnesota’s Economics department. He then spent a couple of years at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst before returning to the University of Minnesota. For over 30 years, Muench found his home at SUNY Stony Brook as Professor of Economics serving as department chair multiple times. Muench filled his retirement years with much activity. He was a frequent campaigner for Democratic candidates and causes. Muench used his Economics background to do pro bono consulting on housing segregation. One of the activities that gave him great joy was to learn the Irish language and participate in many Irish heritage events. Muench’s children treasured him for his adventurous spirit and his love of language. They have fond memories of hiking at Quabbin Reservoir in Mass., canoeing the boundary waters in northern Minn., and camping in the Canadian Rockies. Many a Robert Service poem was read around the campfire. His children have inherited his fondness for Steinbeck, Hemingway and Edmond Rostand. Muench leaves behind his loving wife Chantal Botteman; his daughter Katrine (Phil Herzog), his son Paul (Helen), his son Eric; his grandchildren Eve, Henry (Katrine), Andrew, Karl, Jason (Paul), Ryan and Emily (Eric); his brother Robert (Ruth), his sister Mary Lou, his brother John (Maureen); his nephews and nieces Emily, Patrick, Matthew, Terrence, Elizabeth, Ellen and Kathleen (John). Reposing Moloney’s Lake Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 132 Ronkonkoma Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma, NY where a religious service was held last month. Interment Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY. 

James “Jim” Lawrence Myers 

ames “Jim” Lawrence Myers, 90, a Wilmette native, died April 29. Born Nov. 18, 1928 to Harold Bain and Evelyn Gooch Myers of Wilmette, he graduated from New Trier High School, Dartmouth College, and Dartmouth’s Tuck School (MBA). He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. His career spanned executive positions with Eastman Kodak, Campbell Soup, Pfizer, Flagler Systems, Inc. (president), and Cassidy Air Conditioning. He was a member of the Florida Council of 100, Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Palm Beach, and the Miller Development Co. For numerous years he was treasurer and board member of both Planned Parenthood of Palm Beach County and Opportunity, Inc. He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed playing for the children at Opportunity, Inc. He was a competitive tennis player, playing for the Dartmouth tennis team, and was ranked #1 in Florida, 1978, in the father/son division. Myers was a devoted father, spending many years managing his son’s Little League teams and coaching them in other sports. He will be lovingly remembered for his deep caring, integrity, wisdom, and sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Laurel Dudley Myers; four sons from a previous marriage with Katharine “Bunny” Jones: Jim Myers, Jr. (Becky), Bill Myers (Joann), Ken Myers, and Ted Myers; step-daughter Lisa Lusher; grandchildren James “Jay” Myers III (Colleen), Scott Myers, Kate Myers, and Jack Myers; step-grandson Daniel Shannon (Ilissa); and great-grandchildren James Myers and Brooke Shannon. 

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