Katie Flores Remembered as Loving Mother, Friend and Neighborhood Leader

Published August 31, 2021

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Kathryn Emily Flores
December 27, 1980 – July 21, 2021

Kathryn Emily Flores passed away on July 21, 2021, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2020. In more than 19 years as an educator, planner and coach, Katie uplifted the aspirations of countless school children. She was the loving wife of James Flores (12 years of marriage), and the adoring mother of sons Elliot (10) and Emmett (3). Katie brought constant joy to her family and many friends, all of whom came to admire her determination, courage, energy and her empathy for the struggles of others.

A native of the Indianapolis, Indiana, area, Katie was the daughter of Jim and Rita Rosensteele and the older sister of Matt Rosensteele, with whom she shared an extraordinary friendship. Katie graduated from Carmel, Indiana, High School, where she was an honor student and a member of the school’s acclaimed choral and dance groups. Katie then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies (summa cum laude) from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois.

After college, Katie moved to Chicago, where for eight years she taught Kindergarten in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and first demonstrated her ability to touch the lives of students, faculty and administrators. As part of her work experience, Katie traveled to Ghana for a cultural exchange program. After CPS, she moved to the University of Chicago’s STEM Education team, where she served as School Support Manager and Curriculum Developer. Most recently at the University of Chicago, she helped develop mathematics textbooks and provided long-term coaching support for elementary math teachers across the country. True to her life’s passions, Katie played an instrumental role in the center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, while also serving on the center’s “Fabulous Fun” Committee.

Katie was active in many community organizations. She was a leader with the McKinley Park Advisory Council, bringing neighbors together for stewardship days and other activities in the park. She helped found the McKinley Park Development Council to build a community-driven vision of what residents desired and hoped for their neighborhood. And she brought new life to a piece of the neighborhood behind the Library, working with NeighborSpace, to make possible the McKinley Community Play Garden as a nature space now enjoyed and appreciated by McKinley Park residents of all ages.

Katie is also survived by sister-in-law AnnMarie Titsworth, nephews Jonas and Daniel Rosensteele, sister and brother-in-law Christina and Drew Peterson and her nephews Dylan and Cameron Peterson.

She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary Tierney
She sounded like a lovely, lovely woman. Very sad. McKinley Park residents' quality of life has been much improved by this courageous person. RIP

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