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In Memoriam: John Avery Granger


Your memorial contribution in John’s name will be placed in the Robert C. & Maureen A. Granger Scholarship Endowment Fund.

The original listing can be found here.

John Avery Granger, beloved son of Maureen and Robert Granger, died May 21, 2021. John was born in Aurora, IL, February 15, 1950. He graduated from West Aurora High School, attended Northwestern University, and earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois. He had a long career as an independent computer analyst and software specialist. John was preceded in death by his father, grandparents Roland and Ireane Avery, Harriet and John Granger and an aunt, Marigene Jordan. He is survived by his mother, brothers Jeffrey and Michael (Hajar), Michael and Hajar’s children and grandchildren, and his sister Martha. He is also survived by his life partner Cecylia Babiarz, uncle Ray Jordan, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cecylia Babiarz included the following about John: “If you consider John Granger a friend, please keep him in your heart. He cherished love and friendship. He sought the wisdom of ancient sages. He called himself “a man from the future” and defined himself as “creative awareness”. John: May awareness and love bring you eternal peace.”

Private graveside services are planned.


Your memorial contribution in John’s name will be placed in the Robert C. & Maureen A. Granger Scholarship Endowment Fund.

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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