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May 16, 1939 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Chunmo Leung died peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 23, 2023 at the age of 84. He lived a relatively long life for someone with his health complications because of his strength of will and his wife’s dedicated care for him.
Chunmo is survived by his loving wife, Jin Liu, his daughters, Cindy (John Wissel) of Ohio, Mary (James Curry) of Chicago, Margaret “Peggy” (Luca Lorenzetti) of Agugliano, Italy, and Julie (Aaron Stigberg) of Chicago, his grandchildren, Amelia and Declan Curry, Melania and Maya Lorenzetti, Tristan and Sage Kenny, Ethan and Ava Wissel, his sisters, Liang Mingchu, Liang Youngjuan, Leung Look Woon, and Leung Kam Yu, and his brothers, Fred Leung and Wilfred Leung. He was predeceased by his father, Leung Pui Chee, and his mother, So Jing Juck.
Chunmo was born on May 16, 1939 in the province in China now known as Guangdong. He left China during the political strife of the Chinese Revolution and moved to Hong Kong at the age of 14. At the age of 19, he moved to the United States and received an undergraduate and masters degree from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, he met Kathleen Martin, his first wife. They married in 1969 and had their first two children, Cynthia and Mary in the United States. They moved to Hong Kong for a brief time where their youngest daughters, Margaret and Julie, were born.
He returned to the United States with his family to Chicago in 1975. Chunmo served his community in many ways. He spent the majority of his professional life as a math teacher at Senn High School. Before the program was disbanded, he taught in the school’s bilingual program where he helped countless students as they transitioned into life in the United States as new immigrants. He was involved with the Chinese Mutual Aid Association where he often helped non-English speakers navigate the process of getting settled into the city. Chunmo helped to instill the principle of community service within his daughters who he would take to Chinese community events, protests to improve Section 8 Housing conditions, and parades to celebrate their cultural heritage. He was a dedicated father.
Chunmo’s family introduced him to Jin Liu Li in Ghoungzhou, China a few years after his divorce to Kathleen. They were married in 1990, when Jin Liu joined him and his youngest three daughters in Chicago.
Chunmo was a devoted husband and he considered himself fortunate in his marriage to Jin Liu. With Jin Liu, he led a comfortable life and enjoyed many trips and cruises with her - visiting friends and family in California, Canada, and China, among other places. He also enjoyed many weeks in the woods of Wisconsin at Camp Nawakwa with his youngest three daughters and their children.
Thanks to Jin Liu, Chunmo continued to have an active social life, even after his health started to fail. They would go out to spend time with friends and family, usually while enjoying dim sum or another meal at his favorite restaurants. He spent a lot of time with his daughters, Mary and Julie, and their families who lived nearby. He would also make sure that Peggy and her daughters were able to spend many summers here so he could enjoy their company. And he always welcomed visits from Cindy and her family. He was generally an introverted man, but always enjoyed the company of his friends, and particularly, his daughters, grandchildren, and most especially his wife, Jin Liu, the love of his life.
Visitation at Simkins Funeral Home 6251 Dempster St. Morton Grove, IL 60053 on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Interment Rosehill Cemetery. (847) 965-2500