Roger Lindberg, 73, D97 speech pathologist, performer, photographer

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Roger Eric Lindberg, 73, of Oak Park, died on Aug. 21, 2013 after a brief illness. A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and Culver Stockton College, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Correction and Elementary Education, then attended Northern Illinois University, completing all coursework toward a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Early in his career, he created the first speech therapy program for the Maryville (Missouri) School District. He was a speech-language pathologist for District 97 for 37 years, working at Hawthorne, Holmes, Hatch, and Lincoln Schools. He will be fondly remembered by his students as the "peech teacher" who loved working with his students, many of whom were in his classes from first through sixth grades.

Like his father before him, Mr. Lindberg was a 47-year member of the Chicago Swedish Glee Club, the second oldest men's choir in the nation. He was also a 20-year member of Oak Park musical theater and shared his many musical, acting, and dancing talents with Theatre First, Village Players, MacDowell Artists, Elmwood Park Players, Open Door Theater, and JiveFive.

An avid and accomplished photographer, he enjoyed many trips throughout America and Europe. He was also a trivia expert with a vast knowledge of classic films, actors, and directors and was virtually unbeatable in Trivia Pursuit.

Roger Lindberg is survived by his wife, Susan; his children, Eric and Kate (Myrna Vazquez); his grandson, Matheos Vazquez; his sister, Karen Klein; his nephew, Aaron Klein (Julie Lane); his niece, Raleigh Klein (Josh Jugum); his great-nephews, Cole Klein and Elliott Potter Klein; and his great-niece, Alissa Barbato Klein. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Betty Lindberg, and his grandfather, Gustav A. Lindberg, after whom Oak Park's Lindberg Park is named.

Services and interment were held privately. Donations to the American Film Institute, at www.AFI.com are appreciated.

 

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