Rolfe Sanberg Sr., 77, of Oak Park, died April 5, 2005 at Hines V.A. Hospital from complications due to cancer.
Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Sanberg graduated from Lane Tech High School and was a painter who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He also studied opera and sang for a small opera company in Chicago.
As a young man, he worked as a lifeguard on Chicago beaches, then served as a medic in the U.S. Army in occupied Germany following World War II. In the 1960s, he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and participated in the 1968 Democratic Convention demonstrations.
An intellectual, he was self-educated and pursued his passions?#34;music and the arts. Even in his final days, he stayed busy sending letters, accompanied by news articles, to friends, family, politicians and reporters.
Mr. Sanberg became an expert wine salesman and a shrewd stock market investor. He was an avid gardener and bird watcher. He loved children and helped shape young minds by teaching at Third Unitarian Church in Chicago, sharing his interest in, and knowledge of, the arts and encouraging intellectual curiosity.
“He was continually giving and lending books, films and music on so many diverse subjects,” said his son, Rolfe Jr. “There was never a limit to the layers, depths and horizons in the journey of knowledge that he took people on.”
Mr. Sanberg died listening to music, surrounded by family. He asked that his body be donated to science, and his remains cremated?#34;the ashes to be spread in the compost pile in his garden.
Rolfe Sanberg Sr. is survived by his companion, Mary Hunter; his brother, Lance; his former wife, Josephine; his children, Edith, Eric, Claudia, Jamie, and Rolfe Jr.; his grandchildren, Morgan, Vanessa, Jason, Eliza, Collin, Jamie-Michael, Alexander, and Nigel; and his great-granddaughter, Hanna.
Services are pending at Third Unitarian Church of Chicago.
Eileen DeRose, 86, longtime OPer
Eileen DeRose (nee Nergaard), 86, of Oak Brook, Palm Springs, Calif., and Oak Park, where she lived most of her life, died March 23, 2005.
The daughter of the late Olaf and Volberg (nee Davidson) Nergaard, she was the wife of Anthony Valentino; the mother of Sharlene (Russell) Lissuzzo, Jeannie (James) Ihrig, and the late Anthony L. (Nancy) DeRose; grandmother of Russell (Tamara) Lissuzzo, Rise (Joseph) Wendt, Anthony (Andrea), and Ross (Susan) Lissuzzo, Pamela (Christopher) Kentra, Christine (Victor) Lees, and Charles Tarochione, Jennifer (Christopher) Gleason, Margo (Benjamin) Sherrer, and Katie (Brian) Aylor; great-grandmother of Emily, Russell III, Rily Lissuzzo, Christopher, Gena, Olivia Wendt, Paul, Sofia Lissuzzo, Luca Lissuzzo, Jason, Mathew Kentra, Graeme, Anna Lees, Anthony, Abby Gleason, Bennett, and Samuel Sherrer; the sister of the late Raymond and Arvid Nergaard; and the aunt of many.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Giles Church on March 26, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.
Monica Siarny, 22, born, raised in OP
Monica Rose Siarny, 22, of Charlotte, Mich., formerly of Oak Park, died April 3, 2005 at home of cancer. A graduate of Ascension School and Oak Park and River Forest High School, she was a fourth-year student at Case Western Reserve University in Michigan.
She is survived by her parents, William and Cynthia (nee Skarbek) Siarny; her brothers, Gerard, David (Julie) and Matthew (Michiko) Goto; her sister, Elizabeth Siarny; her grandparents, Herbert and Catherine Skarbek and Ann Siarny. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, William Siarny.
Funeral Mass was celebrated April 8 at Ascension Church by Rev. Larry McNally and Rev. Cliff Marquis, S.T.
Memorials in Monica’s name may be sent to the University of Michigan Brain Tumor Research Fund, c/o Harry S. Greenburg Neurology Dept., 1914 Taubman Center, Box 0316, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109-0316. Arrangements were handled by Gamboney & Son Funeral Directors.
Michael Carney, 63, Bear fan, former broker and tax clerk
Michael E. Carney, 63, of Oak Park, died suddenly April 6 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
A lifelong Oak Parker, he was a resident of The Oaks residential community. A graduate of Ascension School and a member of the Oak Park and River Forest High School class of 1959, he started out as a broker on LaSalle Street, then became a tax clerk for the Cook County Tax Department. He was an avid Chicago Bear fan.
He is survived by his sons, John and Joseph; his mother, Mary Comerford Carney; his sister, Deborah Sullivan; and his brothers, Robert, James, Ned, and Kevin Carney. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and his father, Robert.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at Ascension Church by Rev. Ted Schmitt, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Arrangements were handled by Gamboney & Sons Funeral Directors.
?#34;Compiled by Ken Trainor