David Effgen co-founded SEA, local special needs advocacy group

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David Effgen 61, died at his Oak Park home on July 19, 2013 after a five year battle with multiple myeloma cancer.

Mr. Effgen was born in 1952 in Westwood, Massachusetts and graduated from Fordham University in New York. He and his family moved to Chicago in 1988 and have been Oak Parkers for over 20 years.

Mr. Effgen was proactive in his son Andrew's special education in Districts 97 and 200. He co-founded the Oak Park parent advocacy group SEA (Supported Education Association) which continues its partnership with Oak Park school districts in support of students with disabilities.

He is also known in Oak Park as a member of the instrumental group, "Compass Rose Sextet" which has performed

in many Oak Park, Forest Park and Chicago clubs, restaurants and public festivals. He was the guitar player in the ensemble. He also contributed his music for many years to Pilgrim Church's gospel music ministry and played in many churches throughout the
Chicago area.

Mr. Effgen's zeal for life, passion for music and unwavering devotion to winning for those he loved are the legacies that he leaves behind for his family and friends, said his wife Caroline.

Mr. Effgen is survived by his wife, Caroline, and sons Andrew, Nikolas and DeAndre Thomas. He was the loving son of his mother, Dorothy Effgen and the late Hans Effgen. He was a devoted brother to Rick, Mike and twin brother Don as well as sisters Susan, Trish, Dee and Kate. He also leaves behind 20 nieces and nephews and their young families.

A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Effgen's life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. at Pilgrim Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park. Those wishing to contribute to the service should contact Caroline Effgen at 708-203-4964. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to:
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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Roger Griggs from West Hempstead  

Posted: August 17th, 2013 1:15 PM

Our heartfelt sympathies go to Carol and the boys at this time of loss and distress. We are always here for you and are assured your faith will keep you going.

Laura Perna  

Posted: July 31st, 2013 1:22 PM

My heart goes out to Caroline and the family. He was a great guy and will be missed.

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