Josephine Korcek was proud of her two Northern Illinois University-educated children, Mike and Debbie. Dropping out of high school after her sophomore year, Josephine recognized the value of education. At age 80, she earned her high school GED. Upon the untimely death of her daughter in 1994, Josephine and her son created two memorial scholarships in Debbie’s name. Born in Chicago, Josephine and her husband Julius moved to Mount Prospect in Dec., 1947, to start a family. She passed away in October of 2011 six months shy of her 95th birthday.