Donald Schmalz

Donald W. Schmalz, 80, died on Oct. 22, 2017. Born on Jan. 12, 1937, he received his M.A. in Music from Northwestern University and taught music in Oak Park School District 97 for many years. He played the violin professionally throughout Chicago and was the concertmaster for the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest for 53 years. He was the companion of Rosanne Mostardini. 

A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Schmaedeke Funeral Home, 10701 S. Harlem Ave. in Worth, followed by private interment. 

A memorial gathering in Oak Park is being planned for early 2018. Additional information is available at 708-448-6000 and at

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