Aida Guss, 73, Wife of Former Palatine Mayor Robert J. Guss Jr. Killed by Truck

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Aida Guss, 73, of Palatine, was walking southbound across Northwest Highway at Benton Street on her way to 6:30 a.m. Mass at St. Theresa Catholic Church when she was struck by a 2007 Toyota Tundra driven east by a 43-year-old Schaumburg man just after 6 a.m.

She is remembered by all as a ‘generous sweetheart.’ Aida Guss was married for 49 years to former Palatine Village President Robert Guss, who died in October 2007 at the age of 72.

Aida’s late husband, Robert Guss Jr., was a Palatine councilman from 1973 to 1977. Robert J. Guss was village president from 1977 to 1985. He led the effort to bring Lake Michigan water to Palatine and worked hard to establish a full-time fire department.

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