ROCKTON – Robert B. Andreoli, 87, of Rockton, IL peacefully passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. \r\r\n\r\r\n Born December 30, 1927, in Kenosha, WI to Divina (Fortino) and Frank Andreoli, who both emigrated from Italy. Bob was a first generation Italian American and the second oldest of 9 brothers and sisters. After the early childhood death of his older brother, Salvatore, Bob became the oldest sibling. During his childhood he was a voracious reader who loved to learn and he also became a talented artist in drawing and painting. Bob graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha and then enlisted in the US Army. He trained as a tank driver at Fort Knox, KY and served as a cook in the Army of Occupation near the 38\r\r\n\r\r\nth\r\r\n\r\r\n Parallel in Korea after WWII. By the grace of God, he was honorably discharged before the outbreak of the Korean War. Bob then attended Whitewater Teachers College in Whitewater WI and graduated with a Degree in Education with an emphasis in English, Spanish and Art. During college he met the love of his life, Doris Ann McCarthy of Janesville, WI, who was also earning her teaching degree. After graduating from college they were married on August 16,\r\r\n\r\r\n1952 and moved to Williams Bay, WI. \r\r\n\r\r\n Bob’s first teaching job was as the Walworth County, WI Arts Education Supervisor where he traveled throughout the county and taught art classes at all of the area schools. He also worked as a US Postman during the summers. It was here that Bob also began another of his passions, acting in several local community theatre productions. His next job was as an English Teacher and Librarian at Clinton High School in Clinton, WI. Bob then took a break from teaching and decided to use his love of art to become a sign painter. He soon realized that his true passion was teaching. \r\r\n\r\r\n Doris and he moved to Rockford, IL where Doris taught at C. Henry Bloom Elementary School. Bob was offered a job at Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL in 1955\r\r\n\r\r\n. Soon after, they moved to Rockton where they raised their two children Barbara Ellen (born 1958) and Richard Frank (born 1962). After raising their children Doris went back to teaching second grade at Rockton Grade School. Bob taught English and Art and started the Spanish Program. \r\r\n\r\r\n Senor Andreoli, as he was affectionately known, was the kind of teacher who used his great creativity, sense of humor and passion to help his students become involved and forget they were actually learning because they were having so much fun. Spanish class was like a game and he always had music playing or funny skits or stories. Bob and his wife Doris also enjoyed taking kids from his Spanish classes on trips to Mexico and Spain where he introduced them to the culture of people in Spanish – speaking countries. Bob also was always whistling or singing and had a deep appreciation for music. He even was in a Barbershop Quartet for a while. During many summers, Bob also worked nights as a Toll Collector at the Illinois State Tollway South Beloit exit. \r\r\n\r\r\n Bob was a member of the Lions’ Club serving one term as president. Bob also became the Play Director at Hononegah High School where he used his love of acting to give hundreds of students a chance to put on memorable performances, have fun and learn after school as well. He also got to use his sign making skills as he produced silk screened posters for the plays. Bob taught for 35 years, 31 of those years at Hononegah, and retired in1986. During his tenure at Hononegah he was chosen as Teacher of the Year twice. He was also called back after his retirement to once again be the Play Director for several years, where he got to inspire a whole new generation of Hononegah kids. \r\r\n\r\r\n He and his great friend, Bill Keenan, started two community theatre programs. The first was in the mid 1970’s and it was called the Centre Stage Players. This was a venture at what was then called The Muddy River Youth Center (now the Rockton Community Center). The program presented an opportunity for lots of kids to perform in plays outside of school and gave them something to do during the summer. After retirement, he and Bill restarted Centre Stage Players as an adult theatre company and they produced plays for several years. During this time Bob was also recalled by Hononegah to be a Consultant in designing the new, state of the art Performing Arts Center. Having taught thousands of Rockton, Roscoe and Prairie Hill area students, one of Bob’s greatest joys was having former students come up to him and say “Do you remember me?”. They would then proceed to tell him how they loved having him as a teacher or play director. This happened all of the time. Even during his last, lengthy hospitalization he had many former students who were nurses, respiratory therapists and others go out of their way to introduce themselves and tell him how much they appreciated him and what a difference he made in their lives. This made the time being in the hospital much more bearable and truly helped him survive. \r\r\n\r\r\n Predeceased by Doris (McCarthy) Andreoli (wife of 35 years), parents, sister Betty Andreoli Wicker, brother-in-law, Pat Wicker, brother-in-law Rodney Smith, son-in-law Mark Glasscoe, brother Salvatore Andreoli. \r\r\n\r\r\n Survived by Richard Andreoli (son), Barbara Andreoli Glasscoe (daughter), brother Don and Meg Andreoli, brother Roger and Sharon Andreoli, brother Frank and Teena Andreoli, sister Jean Andreoli Smith, sister Rosalyn and Ed Deardorf, brother Albert and Linda Andreoli. \r\r\n\r\r\n A funeral ceremony will be held at 11:00 am Thursday August 6, 2015 in McCorkle Funeral Home - Rockton Chapel 767 N Blackhawk Blvd Rockton IL with Chaplin Mark Maxted officiating. Burial will be in Rockton Township Cemetery. \r\r\n\r\r\n A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday.