Barrington Hills village clerk remembered as dedicated public servant
Dolores Trandel, who served as Barrington Hills' village clerk from 2006 until her death earlier this month, was honored this week by village leaders who recalled her as a dedicated public official and important resource for residents.
Trandel, 63, died April 13 at her home in Cary.
"The passing of Dolores has left the village deeply saddened," Village President Martin McLaughlin said. "She will be missed but not forgotten."
Trandel began serving Barrington Hills in 1999 as a dispatcher for the village's 911 center. In 2000, she became deputy village clerk.
Barrington Hills resident Linda Cools remembered Trandel's ability to provide a wealth of knowledge to residents who came to her with questions.
"Dolores was our information bureau," Cools said. "Our human Internet."
Cools praised Trandel's decision to never act politically despite all of the changes on the village board.
"(She) never took sides and always committed herself to serving us all equitably and honorably," Cools said.
Before working for Barrington Hills, Trandel founded and operated Precious Pet, a pet store in her hometown of Cary. She also was an emergency dispatcher in Cary.
Trandel was proceeded in death by her husband, Eugene, and is survived by her five children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The American flag that flew outside village hall Monday will be presented to Trandel's family as a token of the village's appreciation for her dedicated service.