Faith Boettcher Sage moved to Libertyville with her parents and brother in 1934. Before the move, they lived in Chicago. Her parents picked Libertyville because of the good school system.
“Can you imagine, with everything else going on, anyone being concerned about how good the schools were?” she asked.
Her brother since has moved to North Carolina and has offered her $1,000 to leave, but she will not take his money.
Sage has been involved in too much to leave it all behind, she says. She would miss her memories the most if she left. Libertyville is an excellent place to raise children and the people are very friendly. “I love everything the town has to offer,” Sage said.
Life is Fun in Libertyville
“I like to help people,” she said. “Life’s been fun, even after losing two husbands.” She credits being involved in Libertyville and her belief that when bad things happen, another door would open to help her through the rough spots in her life.
She enjoyed high school, she says, and was very athletic, playing on several teams. Her 1949 high school class holds a reunion every five years, the last one in 2009. That was probably the last one, she says, because there are fewer of her classmates every year.
She became involved in Republican politics in 1960, even serving as president of the party in the early 1970s before she was elected township clerk in 1977. She was a township official until 2008.
Technology changed a lot while she was busy serving the people of the area.
“I started writing my notes on an IBM Selectric, copying them, and eventually progressed to a computer,” she said.
Serving on Bicentennial Committee
One of the highlights of her public life was being on the bicentennial committee. They planned several events over the course of a year to mark the event, including a parade and a pageant. She helped write a book about the event that is available at the library.
All the while this was going on, Sage, her husband, and six kids lived in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Libertyville until their children were old enough to want to be involved in school activities, and they moved, buying a house in town that Sage still lives in.
She remains involved in the goings-on about town. She periodically attends township board meetings. She serves as president of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and is an active member of the Keep Libertyville Beautiful commission.
She recently joined the Center Club. She loves yoga and swimming. She also plays bridge with her friends from high school and grammar school.