Everyone at Y.O.U. is deeply saddened by the loss of Gene M. Schiltz, 78. Gene was a dedicated Evanston Public School social worker for 30 years. He was also a long-serving member of the Y.O.U. board, including serving as President in the 1970s. In addition, he served pro bono for many years as Y.O.U.'s first clinical consultant, helping us develop much of our clinical philosophy and record keeping system. It was Gene who helped us understand what a critical role depression plays in the life of the young people and parents we serve.
As our founder Don Baker remembers, “Gene was the social worker at Chute School when I was a work study worker there in 1967-1971. He encouraged me to reach out beyond my job description and coached me on how to do that. Gene was very important to both me and to Y.O.U.” Gene’s legacy, vision, warmth, and compassion lives on in Y.O.U.’s work today.
For those interested in honoring Gene, Visitation is this Sunday, October 23, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077. The Memorial Mass will be held this Monday, October 24, at 9:30 a.m. at Sheil Catholic Center, 2110 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60201.