LEMONT – Nancy Hoinacki, a lifelong Lemont resident and the Lemont Township Administrator, died July 10 after a six-year battle with cancer.
Hoinacki, 64, had worked with the Lemont Township for 23 years.
As the administrator, she was responsible for running day-to-day operations of the township office, maintaining facilities and working with elected officials.
Those who worked with her described her as someone with unmatched dedication for her job.
"She was 23 years on the job and very dedicated," Lemont Township Facilities Director Kathy Henrikson said. "She was very dedicated to her family, to her children and grandchildren and her job."
Lemont Township Supervisor Steven Rosendahl said that while elected officials like him come and go, Hoinacki has been the constant for the township.
"You can't replace somebody like Nancy," he said. "For 23 years, she's served the community and the people."
Henrikson said Hoinacki worked until June 20, despite the pain she was dealing with because of the cancer.
"It was just like, if she wasn't here, she was letting residents down," she said. "It's a very rare thing, that somebody would put the residents and the township before herself."
Rosendahl said the best way to honor Hoinacki is for the staff carry forward with its work just as she would have.
"She gave the community and the people she's worked for and with many years of loyal and dedicated service, and that will never be matched," he said.