Tuesday, August 7, 2012

In Memoriam Kim Kasprzyk - Former FGS Treasurer and Director Passes


August 7, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Kim Kasprzyk former FGS Treasurer, FGS Director and Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) board member who died on Sunday, August 5, 2012, surrounded by her family. Services will be held in Libertyville, Illinois beginning on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Please see Kim’s obituary for more details.

At FGS, Kim was instrumental in the success of the FGS 2011 conference held in Springfield, Illinois when she served as Registrar for the conference. According to Pat Oxley, President of FGS, “Kim was so efficient, conscientious and even-tempered through the whole process. She worked in parallel with Cath Trindle, our out-going Treasurer in training to be our new Treasurer. Kim was willing to help with any task put before her. I cannot say enough about what a warm, wonderful person she was and how much I loved working with her.”

At ISGS, Kim was the Newsletter Editor since 2008 and was also responsible for maintaining the society’s Military Certificates program.

Kim was passionate about family history and when asked to describe herself, her work and what mattered most, she said:
Genealogy has been a part of my life for over 22 years, way before computers and the luxury of doing research in the comfort of my own home. Since then my “addiction” consumes almost as much time as a full time job. Besides trying to do my own research I’m active in the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the German Interest Group of Wisconsin and I run the Cook County, Illinois GenWeb page. My real full time job is as a nurse auditor in the emergency room at a local hospital. I’m married to a musician and have 4 step-children and 3 step-grandchildren. Besides genealogy I enjoy travel, weaving, gardening and reading.
The FGS and ISGS organizations, as well as the entire genealogy community, will miss Kim including her smile and her passion about genealogy. Her contributions to family history will live on through her good works and the many lives she touched.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.