🙏 Dr. Joseph N. Rathnau - Mentor to hundreds of CPS Shop teachers

🙏 Dr. Joseph N. Rathnau - Mentor to hundreds of CPS Shop teachers .. Doc your legacy lives on 🙏

He was my Chicago State University graduate advisor and professor. He recommended that I go into teaching after I had a car accident. He told me my body could only do so much Manual Labor. I listened to his advice and have four children and a good job now.

Doc would not allow anyone to touch any power tool until we learned how to use the hand tools first and wrote the safety procedures for that power tool. Still use this method when teaching a shop class.

"There are only two speeds in the woodshop, slow and slower."

When writing my thesis, he would stop reading and say, see you next week if he found more than two mistakes on a page.

Dr. Rathnau was an open and honest man, giving advice not for himself but in the interest of his students. I am forever grateful to have met you.

Thank you to the Rathnau family for sharing him with all of us.


Loving husband of Lorene Rathnau (nee Janoski)

Dear father of Claire (Michael) Minella, Joy (Greg) David and Regina.

Adored grandfather of Adrianna, Matthew, Marc, Gabrielle and Lilianne.

Visitation Friday, July 23rd from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Chapel Prayers Saturday, July 24th, 9:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights. Proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, 7025 West 126th Street, Mass 10:00 a.m.

Interment Resurrection Cemetery.


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