Ernest Tiemann

Ernest Frederick Tiemann, 74, of Oak Park, died on April 3, 2017 in River Forest, surrounded by family, after a brief battle with cancer. An enthusiastic photographer, lover of words, and avid traveler, he visited all 50 states in the USA and lived in and toured over 70 countries. A devoted Lutheran, he was actively involved at River Forest’s Grace Lutheran Church, leading Reel Talk, and participating in Cornerstones, Romeos and Adult Education. He enjoyed producing a photographic series of the church’s beautiful stained-glass windows.

Mr. Tiemann started his career teaching high school English in New York City. After obtaining an M.A. in Language and Communication from NYU, he taught at Hong Kong’s International School and in Portland, Oregon. For a decade, he worked in publishing, obtained an MBA in Marketing and Management from SIUE and served as president of the St Louis Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He returned to his alma mater, Concordia University, to head the Continuing Education Department. 

After seven years, he joined the University of Maryland and enjoyed a 10-year stint teaching at military bases throughout Europe and Asia. He loved the opportunity to experience the world and shared his adventures through poetry and photography. After he retired, he taught the Triton College course on Great Films, movie-watching being another one of his passions. 

Ernest Tiemann is survived by his former wife, Evelyn; his children, Leslie (Markus) Sleuwen, Kara (Jerome) Scott, Margot (Elias) Cepeda, and Nate (Cassi) Tiemann; seven grandchildren; his sisters, Ruth (Fred) Bartling, Esther (Glenn) Rowley and Sharon (Jon) Bayer; and his many nieces, nephews and extended family. His charismatic and positive presence will be missed. 

A memorial service, followed by interment of his ashes in the Grace Memorial Garden and a luncheon, will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest. 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to the Hope for Grieving Children Africa (c/o Heritage Companies, 1011 Lake St., Suite 404, Oak Park 60301) or to the Ernest F. Tiemann Charitable Fund (make checks payable to Renaissance Charitable Foundation, write “Ernest F. Tiemann Charitable Fund” in the memo section of the check and send the check to Kara Scott, 1406 E. 54th St., Chicago, 60615).

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