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Former Mayor Joel Kagann Passes Away

The Village of Woodridge is mourning the loss of the longtime resident.

Story updated at 4:10 p.m. Friday:

Former Woodridge mayor Joel Kagann died Thursday, Feb. 7, village officials announced Friday. Kagann was born Sept. 16, 1936.

Visitation is set for Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Blake Lamb Funeral Home at 5015 Lincoln Ave. in Lisle.

Visitation will also take place Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Scholastica Parish at 7800 Janes Ave. in Woodridge, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at St. Scholastica.

Here's the text of the village's original press release: 

The Woodridge Community has experience a great loss in the passing of Joel Kagann, longtime resident and contributor to the Woodridge community.  Affectionately known as “Mr. Woodridge”, Joel served a storied career with the Village of Woodridge, first as the Village’s Chief of Police from 1962 until 1971, then as Mayor from 1973 to 1977, and Village Clerk from 1979 until 1981.  He subsequently was selected as a member and President of the Police Pension Board from 1990 until 2008.  During this time he served for 31 years as the Clerk of the 18th Judicial Court until his retirement in 2004. 

He continued his long career of contributing to the community through his involvement in the Boy Scouts, Lions Club, and serving as President of the Woodridge Special Events Committee.  In 2000 Joel and his wife Laurie were selected as co-recipients of Woodridge’s prestigious Building on Our Dream Award for their significant contributions in crafting the community of Woodridge.  The award spoke to their enduring spirit and years of devoted public service.  In 2009, on the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Woodridge, Town Centre plaza was re-dedicated as Kagann Plaza in recognition of Joel’s and Laurie’s contributions to the community. 

Joel and Laurie raised both of their children in Woodridge and son Joseph currently serves as a Trustee on the Village Board.  Mayor William F. Murphy shared, “Joel Kagann truly was ‘Mr. Woodridge’ and his legacy is enduring.  We have lost a true leader and will remember him for the myriad ways he shaped the Woodridge community.” 

In recognition of Joel Kagann’s passing, all Village of Woodridge flags have been lowered to half-staff.

penny February 08, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Joel was a very nice man, he will be missed...
Bill Thompson February 08, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Joel, aka 'Mr. Woodridge', was the ultimate public servant his entire life. This is a terrible loss for our community. He will be dearly missed.
Rob Weiss February 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I had the honor of meeting Mr. Kagann at our first "Keep the Village Green" committee meeting. He was generous enough to take time to share his wisdom and experience with us that helped us immensely. Atthough I only met him that one time, he made an indelible impression with me and I will remember him forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kagann family. A true community leader will be missed.
Gail Haviland February 13, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Joel and his family are a wonderful example of the Christian life they live, Both Joel and Laurie gave much of themselves to better their community and mankind. They are wonderful examples for others. It is impossible to recognize all Joel did as it was endless. God Bless the family.

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