Kimberly Hayes

Kimberly Hayes

Kimberly A. Hayes, age 58 of Key West , FL., formerly of Brookfield, IL.  Beloved mother of Erick (Angelica) Hayes and Jack Hayes; grandmother of Harleigh Hayes; dear sister of Kathleen (Theodore) Schwitzner; aunt of Renee Schwitzner, preceded in death by her parents the late John Hayes and Charlotte Hayes, nee Erickson.

Kimberly was a teacher for 33 years at Riverside-Brookfield High School prior to retiring and moving to Key West, FL. While in Florida she also taught in Monroe County, FL.

Visitation Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 3:00 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.
Will Lie in State, Friday, October 8, 2021 from 9:30 A.M. to time of Service 10 A.M. at Cornerstone Community Church, 9008 Fairview Ave., Brookfield, IL  60513.

Per State Mandate all attending indoor services are required to wear a mask.

Interment Bronswood Cemetery, Oakbrook, IL.

Memorials appreciated to the Kimberly Hayes RBHS Class of 2022 Scholarship Fund.  Checks can be written to RBHS with a note in the memo to read: Hayes Scholarship. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at RBHS, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside, IL 60546

Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Robertson Family condolence:

    We are so sorry for your loss! The Hayes family and our family have so much history. Kim was one of a kind and the kindest most giving person. She will truly be missed by so many. She touched so many lives and hearts. We will always love you!

  2. Nicholas Robertson condolence:

    Kim, its Nicky! I will forever miss you and love you. You have impacted my life in so many ways. You looked out for me when everyone else pretty much wrote me off. You were always so kind, giving and loving. I am so blessed, as my family is too for the good Lord bringing you into our lives. You will never be forgotten Kimmy. Your spirit will live on and may you rest in heaven with your mansion and streets filled with gold. Until we meet again. Love Nicky

  3. Cheryl M Hilliard condolence:

    My sincere condolences to the Hayes family in your loss of the sweetest person that I have ever known. I have not seen Kim in many years, but her caring and generous acts of kindness have always made me think of her often throughout the years. May you rest in peace Kim, you will be missed!

  4. Wendy Winkler condolence:

    I knew Kim only a few short years but she touched our whole family. She took my son under her wing in his freshman year and would not let him give up. She encouraged and cheered my daughter through theatre and gave her someone to admire. She became a friend to me along the way and one that I will never forget. You will be missed friend.

  5. JoDee Martinez condolence:

    Sweet Kim,
    The memories I have of you are filled with so much Love and kindness. You always had a heart of giving and helping. Vanessa and I always had so much fun when we lived with you. Your light will light up heaven and you are safe and right where you belong with our Heavenly Father. I just wish we could have made that trip out by you sooner when we last spoke. You will always be remembered and missed. Much Love JoDee

  6. Daria Skrzypczynski condolence:

    The gates of heaven have never opened so wide with so much joy as the minute Kim’s soul ran to unite with her Savior. I will always miss you my friend!

  7. Kathleen Lojas condolence:

    As a teacher, Kim was inspiring and never stopped trying to find new ways to help students. As a friend, she was gentle and kind. To her sons, you should know that she loved you without measure. The world will miss her.

  8. Jack Salce (student in Key West, Florida) condolence:

    The best teacher I have EVER had… sorry to all my other teachers but nothing was like ms Hayes the sweetest most kind and loving teacher to ever exist in the education system. I had Ms Hayes last year for my 1st period. All of my classmates and I loved seeing all of her adorable pictures of Harleigh. I am so sad and I can’t imagine the pain her family is going through. Rest in peace you are loved and will be greatly missed.

  9. Jan Goldberg condolence:

    Kim was one of the nicest teachers that I met during my almost 4 decades at RBHS. She left us way too soon and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. She was genuine and kind to students and staff. She took the time to listen. Her death leaves a void that will never be filled.
    My heart goes out to her family.
    Sincerely, Jan Goldberg

  10. Miranda Molina condolence:

    Being a freshman in high school is always a scary thing, but Ms Hayes was there for you when you needed support. I ended up spending the next three years of high school visiting her nearly everyday. She’d sneak Kit Kats and and I’d help with grading or filing. She was one of the major influences in my life as I completed my Music Education degree and graduated college. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Ms Hayes. My deepest sympathies to Jack, and his brother, and the whole Hayes family. Thank you for the wonderful memories Ms Hayes. – Miss Miranda.

  11. SharonSedivy condolence:

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. She was the sweetest, caring, sincere lady. Gone much too soon. Prayers to her family.

  12. Vanessa Laade condolence:

    Kim, you were truly a one of a kind person. I am forever grateful for being apart of your life, sharing a birthday with you, and living with you as a child. I enjoyed all the years growing up in Brookfield with you and the boys. We always had so much fun. You truly will be missed. I’m so heartbroken by this loss. You were a big influence in my life and you inspired so many with your positive outlook on life. I’m going to miss your smile and laugh. I love you, Kim!

  13. Rod and Barbara Johnson Family condolence:

    Erick, Angelica, Jack and Harleigh,
    Rod and I send our deepest sympathy and love for the passing of your beautiful and wonderful Mom. Our family has been blessed by her caring heart, joyful energy, and her love for making each of us feel like we were her favorite. Her ability to teach each of us about grace, gratitude and God’s goodness will be in our hearts until we meet again.

  14. Mary Larsen (Steve) condolence:

    Dear Kathy and Family
    My prayers for peace in the loss of your sister.
    The pain will fade but her life will be remembered.
    Our cousin was a sweet and gentle person. Always trying to soothe and bring joy to those around her.
    Her loss will be felt by many whose lives she touched in many ways.
    Keep her memories close and talk about her often
    Those memories and her boys will keep her presence among you.
    Mary Larsen

  15. Patty (Buresh) Hiemer condolence:

    Ms. Hayes,

    Words cannot express just how much you impacted my life. I will forever be grateful for your kindness, your open mind, and your sincere love of literature. Thank you for being an incredible teacher, mentor, and human. You are one of the reasons that I pursued a career in education. I will never forget you.

  16. Barbara Dunn condolence:

    Kind, helpful, and spiritual are the words that come to mind when I think of Kimberly. As a teacher, she inspired many with her gentle ways. As a colleague, she empathized with and supported her fellow teachers. As a mother and grandmother, she loved her family above all else. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.

  17. Paula Miller condolence:

    I am so very saddened to hear this. Kim was a consummate teacher and mom. I loved working with her; she always did her best for our students. May she Rest In Peace and Love. Godspeed Kim. Paula

  18. Alex Habenicht-Wiley condolence:

    Ms. Hayes was the best English teacher I had at RB. She was fun, sweet, and danced to the beat of her own drum. She made reading classics fun. My deepest condolences to her family as they grieve this tragedy.

  19. Sandi Gagen condolence:

    “Although only breath, words which I command are immortal”~ Sappho

    It was during my very first week teaching alongside Ms. Kimberly Hayes that she shared these words with our students. In the same week, she shared with us her love of stained glass- she told us that stained glass only gained its beauty after it had been broken. Kimberly displayed an image of “The Thinker” on her wall and consistently encouraged her students to be creative, expressive, and insightful and they rose to the occasion- every one of them… every time! She made our brains hurt and our hearts melt. Kimberly was a fierce mother, a master teacher, an eloquent speaker, a creative soul, a poetic writer, and a true friend. Her lessons, her words, her giggle, her essence…. immortal.

  20. Mark & Lori Novotny condolence:

    Our heart and prayers go out to the entire family upon hearing about Kim’s illness and then her passing. We have been blessed to be part of Kim’s extended family. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. We pray that you all will find peace and comfort as you move through this difficult time. Our most sincere condolences to you all. Love, Mark & Lori

  21. Andrew Johnson condolence:

    Hard to find the right words, but Kim was like a second mother to me. She taught and raised so many, both inside and out of the classroom. She raised strong kids, with good hearts. She made everything fun, and cared so deeply about every person. From summers with water fights, the candy shop, and just sitting on the stoop, to nights running endlessly around our houses, chasing lightning bugs, and watching sunsets, there are so many pure memories. We’ll always miss you too much Kim, but witness your impact every where we turn.

  22. Chloe Floros condolence:

    I have never seen a teacher that genuinely cared about her students as much as Mrs. Hayes did. She made her classroom feel like a second home and I will never be able to thank her enough for everything she did. Mrs. Hayes was a kind, beautiful, and amazing person and she will be missed dearly.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hayes family, i’m so sorry for your loss.

  23. carolyn billington condolence:

    Dear Kathy, Jack, Erick and his family.
    I share with some of the hollow hurt we feel inside at the loss of Kimberly. Only Jesus can bring good out of this broken world’s suffering so we look to him to bless you with comfort that will be more real than anything else.

  24. Shaquita Slater condolence:

    Ms.Hayes had a beautiful spirit. I’ll never forget the how she encouraged me & made me feel confident about my smile. I believed in me because she believed in me. She was so supportive, nurturing, patient & kind when I needed. She will truly be missed. My condolence to the family. May her spirit forever live in our hearts.

  25. Deb, Peter & Jeremiah condolence:

    Our deepest condolences to Kathy, Theodore, Renee, Erick, Angelica, Harleigh, Jack, and all family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of dear Kim. What an incredible gift Kim was to everyone! So impressed by her incredible positivity, infectious smile and amazing laughter. What a true friend, incredible person who was so real, so genuine, so Kim. It is hard to believe. Thank you Kim for you and all your beautiful memories. Love. Deb, Peter, and Jeremiah

  26. Alex Raftakis condolence:

    Ms. Hayes was my yearbook advisor junior year of high school. Rouser was one of the best courses I ever took at RB, and Ms. Hayes made it so special with her kindness and her belief that her students had great potential. I’m so sorry for your loss Jack and Erick.

  27. John and Nancy garcia condolence:

    Eric and Jack and family sorry for your loss we moved on grand Blvd in 1996 across the street from your house your mom was always nice to us

  28. Karen Schwitzner condolence:

    To Kim’s family and many friends, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a caring and loving person who will be greatly missed. My heart aches for you all.

  29. Ed Mokrzycki condolence:

    The world is a much better place because of Kim. Her empathy, creativity, talent, and love were all freely shared with others. As a fellow teacher and friend for 36 years, I, like all that came in contact with Kim, benefitted from knowing her. Boys know that she always loved you with all her heart and spoke highly of you. God grant you peace and know she is still watching over you.

  30. Karla Barth condolence:

    Mark, Gma Weezie and I send our deepest condolences to you Eric and Jack and Kim’s family. I’m sorry I never got to know your mom better, but I know she was a wonderful person. God be with you. Love Karla, Mark and Gma Weezie.

  31. Maura Streisel condolence:

    I was privileged to meet Kim in Key West and work with her for two years. In that short time, we became friends. What a beautiful person—inside and out!! I knew her as a proud mother and grandmother, an honest friend, and a dedicated teacher. Her loving spirit clearly impacted thousands of students and dozens of colleagues in an amazing 35 year career. She will live on in my heart. Love, prayers, and peace to her family.

  32. Quin Mccottry condolence:

    My heart hurts for those that never got a chance to spend time with my dear friend Kim. I have the best memories with you as we both watched our boys grow into young men. Or should I say I watched and tried to mimic the way you lived and loved Jack and Erick to also give that same love to my 3 boys. Far more than a friend and teacher you were more family than my own family. I thank you for so many lessons and long talks in those memories I’ll smile and know your spirit is still with us.

  33. Samantha condolence:

    I had Mrs. Hayes freshman year, and will always remember her sense of humor, her love for teaching and her purple house. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. RIP.

  34. Konrad Miskowicz-Retz condolence:

    Dear Hayes Family: —

    The Knights of Columbus St. John Council 3738 (Westmont, IL) express their deepest sympathy on the passage of Kimberly into eternal life. The council will include her in its prayers for repose of the soul. God’s peace be with you, —
    Bradley Alexander, Grand Knight;
    Knights of Columbus;
    St. John Council 3738;
    25 N. Cass Ave.;
    Westmont, IL 60559

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