Marvin Harold “Marv” Abrahamson, 93, of Oak Park died Tuesday morning from complications due to Parkinson’s Disease. Deeply rooted in Austin and Oak Park, both as a resident and owner of Abrahamson’s Fur Salons, Marv grew up in South Austin, at Adams and Central, attending Robert Emmett Elementary School and Austin High School, where he played guard on the varsity basketball team. He graduated in 1943.
His parents, Lillian and Joe, 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 Joe and Elmer in the family business on Madison and Mayfield. In the 1950s, the salon moved to 122 N. Marion St. in Oak Park, where it remained into the 21st century. He welcomed his son Bruce into the business in 1978.
Marv was a proud member of Rotary, the Oak Park Tennis Club, and the unofficial “Mayor of Marion Street.” He 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 succeeded 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; his grandsons, Joey, Sam and Jake; and granddaughters Charlotte and Jenny.
Shiva was held on Sept. 1 at the home of Vicki and Terry Abrahamson, 840 W. Hutchinson St., Chicago. A memorial visitation was held on Sept. 2 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org) are appreciated.