Marvin Harold “Marv” Abrahamson, 93, of Oak Park, died on Aug. 28, 2018, from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
He was deeply rooted in Austin and Oak Park, both as a resident and owner of Abrahamson’s Fur Salons. Mr. Abrahamson grew up in South Austin, at Adams and Central, and attended Robert Emmett Elementary School and Austin High School, where he played guard on the varsity basketball team until his 1943 graduation.
His parents, Lillian and Joe, also had three other children, Elmer, Sylvia and Melvin. Marv was the youngest. After a semester at Wright Jr. College, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving honorably in the Pacific, returning home in 1946 to join in the family business at Madison and Mayfield.
In the 1950s, the salon moved to 122 N. Marion St. in Oak Park, where Mr. Abrahamson welcomed his son, Bruce, into the business in 1978. He was a proud member of Rotary, the Oak Park Tennis Club and the unofficial “Mayor of Marion Street.”
Mr. Abrahamson was a Chicago Bulls season ticket holder for nearly half a century. A resident of Brookdale Oak Park at the time of his passing, he is survived by his companion of nearly 40 years, Mary Ann Jurgus; his sons, Bruce and Terry; his daughter-in-law, Vicki Lafer Abrahamson; his son-in-law, David Branch; and his grandchildren, Joey, Sam, Jake, Charlotte and Jenny.
Shiva will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Vicki and Terry Abrahamson, 840 W. Hutchinson St. in Chicago. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. until time of service, 12:30 p.m., at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St.in Oak Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates contributions to the Southern Poverty Law Center, www.splcenter.org.