Josephine Sanberg, 92, of Oak Park, died on Feb. 9, 2023 at Rush Oak Park Hospital. Born on Jan. 26, 1931, she gave of herself and raised a cohesive family and nurtured love and understanding. She encouraged all the children to explore what their interests were and delve into what they could become.

She celebrated everyone’s achievements no matter how big or small. As the matriarch, her unceasing passion for knowledge, education, music, philosophy, the arts, and work gave her the ability to lead her family through the happiest and the saddest of times. She loved bringing her children to museums, beaches, amusement parks, and many cultural events the city had to offer.

Every weekend she would cook and host spaghetti dinners for her children and grandchildren, a tradition that lasted decades, which they all cherished and anticipated with feelings of great pleasure and happiness. Every holiday and birthday was to be celebrated. Life was to be celebrated.

During the week she engineered and forged a career in banking, eventually becoming a trust officer, and served as a beacon of inspiration for all the family members, especially the young girls.

She dressed with style and class, played the piano and loved to dance. She was beautiful and had the warmest of hearts. The mother, intellect, humanitarian, and woman of the arts will be greatly and dearly missed.

Josephine Sanberg was the mother of Eric, Claudia, Jamie, Rolfe Jr., and the late Edith; the grandmother of Eliza, Morgan, Colin, Alex, Vanessa, Jason, Nigel, and Jamie-Michael; and the great-grandmother of Hanna, Lilly, Dylan, Gavin, Andrew, Lincoln, and Finnegan.

Family and friends will meet at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 W. Cermak Road, Westchester on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 3 to 8 p.m. 

Private Interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery.

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