​Great Coworker

Shared by Christine Tyburk Rodgers on 4th January 2019

I worked with Amy at Northern Trust from 1996-1998. Amy was not only fun to work with and very smart, but she was always willing to help someone on her team. I remember struggling for hours trying to find the problem with an investment account statement, I asked Amy for help and she found the issue in five minutes. I also had the pleasure of working with Jon at that time. We often talked about the Beatles, but once Jon took a liking to Amy that soon became the topic of our conversations! Jon- my deepest condolences to you and your family. 

Amy’s Love of Music

Shared by Ellen May on 3rd January 2019

Amy was a huge music fan. When we were at Notre Dame, we’d often order pizza, sit on my dorm room floor, and listen to records (yes, RECORDS) that my roommate Kristen and I would borrow from the campus radio station. Amywas open to all kinds of music, no matter how obscure the band was. 

One year during college (I think it was the end of freshmen year), Kristen’s older sister drove Kristen, Amy, and I to Chicago to see the band The Replacements. We stood right by the stage and the speakers, screaming along with the band at the top of our lungs. That night in the hotel room as we were trying to fall asleep, Amy and I whispered VERY loudly to each other about the ringing in our ears. We were so worried we had permanently damaged our hearing (which we didn’t!)

That was one of MANY Chicago concerts Amy and I shared, both during and well after our ND years. We always managed to work our way to the front of the venue and as close to the stage as possible. And sing along at the top of our lungs.

Laundry Day

Shared by Bob Krok on 3rd January 2019

Amy was trying to decide which College she should attend. Dad suggested she narrow her choices to the top 3, and then make a plus/minus list for each choice. Notre Dame only had 1 negative, and that was that it was too close to home. Dad informed Amy that we would just pretend that Amy was several hundred miles away. That meant she could not come home at the drop of a hat nor have Mom do her laundry. Amy agreed. You guessed it. Amy showed up at home with her dirty laundry 2 weeks after school started.

Sudoku magic

Shared by Bob Krok on 3rd January 2019

After College one day, Dad was doing a Sudoku puzzle and Amy came to watch. As usual, Dad was making numerical notes in several potential squares. Amy patiently watched for a while, and finally asked Dad why he was making those notes. They were just confusing to Amy. She promptly erased the notes and completed the puzzle in about 2 minutes!

Sisters' love

Shared by Bob Krok on 3rd January 2019

In her younger years, Amy treated her sister Shannon, who was 6 years younger, as a baby instead of a sister and was always hugging and kissing her and mothering her. Finally in college, Shan became a real sister to Amy and Amy shared her love of music with Shannon, taking her to concerts and introducing Shan to Amy's favorite bands.

Sealed with a kiss???

Shared by Bob Krok on 3rd January 2019

Once when Amy and her younger sister were fighting and getting on mom's nerves --- mom made them sit on the steps and they had to kiss and apologize before they could leave the steps. As mom went about her business, the girls decided they were never going to kiss or apologize, so they agreed to say that they did so. The problem was solved , the battle over and peace ensued. If only the threat of a kiss could bring about peace on bigger problems.

Shy but smart

Shared by Bob Krok on 3rd January 2019

When Amy was 4 she was reading regular books so when she went to kindergarten, being a shy child, she was afraid to do show and tell and talk in front of the class.So Mom wrote out what Amy wanted to say and Amy read it ---the teacher was impressed.

My "FUN" Friend

Shared by Katie Lembas on 1st January 2019

I met Amy during our freshman year living in Siegfried, but we didn't really become good friends until sophomore year when she started living with one of my freshman roomies, Libby.  I never had the good fortune to live with Amy during or post college, but I was always in her room because she was so much fun being around!  We had some goofy joke between us and I would always leave a candy wrapper on her corkboard outside her door - I have no idea why, but we would laugh about it!  Anytime I hear the song Buttercup, she is the very first person who comes to mind.  We loved that song and danced to it just this last January at my wedding.  Such great memories I have of hanging out in the dorm, taking business classes together (and her outscoring me on every exam even though we rarely studied), going out our senior year and dancing, spring break in Texas and our post college days living in Chicago.

We stayed in touch throughout careers, marriages, having kids, my subsequent divorce and now remarriage.  Amy has been with me through it all and has always been a "fun" person in my life.  You see, she always found the fun.  I could tell her everything and she was such a great listener.  She would not let me get down and could always get me to laugh with her.  I love her laugh and will miss her tremendously.  

ND roomies

Shared by Elizabeth Joshi on 30th December 2018

I met Amy at the end of freshman year at ND.  We were both looking for roommates for the following year and I was really hopeful that we would like each other.  I remember going with her to Hacienda and eating lots of chips and salsa, and realizing that I made a new friend.  I came out of a very structured and restrictive boarding school, lacking a lot of confidence and feeling a little lost with my new found college freedom.  I struggled in my freshman year to find my place at ND and meeting Amy was one of the best things that ever happened to me.  She made me feel instantly comfortable and accepted.

Over the next year and in senior year (I studied in Spain my junior year), Amy and I were roommates.  While we were quite different in many ways, we complemented each other perfectly.  We spent so much of our time together - hanging out in the dining hall, going out together on weekends and taking several trips together.  I loved how we had a bunk bed our senior year - one of our favorite things was to come back after a night out and recap the night while in the bunk bed.  I had the top bunk and she had the bottom one.  We had such great talks.  Amy really knew how to listen.  She made each person feel important.  

I tend to be a bit of a worrier and was that way in college.  When we would be in the dining hall and I would be finishedeating my frozen yogurt with granola (almost a nightly routine), I would start to get antsy and think about all the studying I needed to get back to.  Amy would always say in her sweet voice, "Just settle."  She would say it in such a way that it never sounded bossy or condescending.  Rather, it made you feel like she just really wanted to spend more time with you.  That's something I will really miss about Amy: she liked to linger, enjoy moments, pay attention to what was happening in them - and not be so anxious about what was next.

Amy was truly one of the nicest and smartest people I have ever known.  Only someone like Amy could graduate with a finance degree from a rigorous program at ND and literally take the huge text book out of its original plastic wrap the night before the final exam!  She had a brilliant mind but was so down to earth and relatable that some might not realize how gifted she truly was.

Amy, I will remember our amazing times rooming together and traveling together to California, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Florida.  I will miss seeing you when we both lived in Chicago.  My deepest condolences to your amazing parents, Shannon, Jon and your children.  You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten.

My first friend at ND

Shared by Ellen May on 28th December 2018

I first met Amy in the bathroom on the 2nd floor of Siegfried Hall at the University of Notre Dame 30 years ago. It was freshman orientation weekend, and every freshman in our dorm was gone, attending a “very important meeting” elsewhere on campus....except for Amy and me. Because, as it turned out, Amy and I shared a tendency to be late to almost everything. Our chronic lateness became the first of many things we bonded over. As our parents waited impatiently outside the bathroom for us that day, we also realized we were both “townies!” 

Being late all the time has caused its share of problems for me, but it also brought one of the most loving, positive, patient, generous, and gentle people I have ever known into my life. I will miss you fiercely, my friend. 

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