WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — The mother of a West Chicago Community High School graduate who died 15 years ago showed up at the school to visit a memorial tree in her daughter’s honor only to find it’s been removed.
Amanda Meiborg was a valedictorian at the school in 2002. She died in October 2003 of cancer at age 19. The autumn blaze maple planted near the high school was the site for family and friends to pay their respects.
When Lee Ann Meiborg visited the memorial site on June 3, she discovered it had been removed during construction of an addition to the school. In a message posted on Facebook, she said the tree’s removal “cuts another tie to Amanda.”
West Chicago High School District 94 Superintendent Douglas Domeracki says the tree was most likely destroyed. A plaque memorializing Amanda Meiborg was returned to her mother.
A GoFundMe has been set-up to cover over the cost of relocating Amanda’s tree, or planting a new tree at a new location.