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BROBERG RALPH FRANK BROBERG Ralph Broberg passed away peacefully on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Goodwin House, Falls Church, VA. Born in Chicago, IL, August 17, 1920, Ralph grew up in Berwyn, IL with his parents, the late Ralph Oscar Magnus Broberg and Lillian Pavel Broberg. A graduate of Morton Junior College in Cicero, IL, he received his engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1942 (Go Blue!). He moved to Arlington, VA in the late 1940's to work for the Navy Department as an Aeronautical Engineer, and retired in 1980 from the Naval Air Systems Command. He was active in the Washington (DC) Hearing Society, where he met his lip reading teacher, the former Rose Violet Feilbach, She became his beloved wife in 1954; and they were married 55 years until her death in 2009. Ralph doted on their only child, Pamela; and their grandchildren, Mickey Singer and Rose Margaret Broberg, who adored and survive him. His myriad of friends loved Ralph's gregariousness, kindness, sense of humor and generous nature. Rose and Ralph "adopted" many young people during their longlife together and often times hosted international students from many different countries. A member of Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church from shortly after its founding in 1940, Ralph served as Treasurer for decades, on the Church Council and many other committees. In retirement, he and Rose traveled the globe. Ralph also worked as a volunteer Loaned Executive for United Way and did the CROP Walk and Christmas in April among other activities, and logged more than 1,000 hours in the cardiac exercise program at Virginia Hospital Center. His funeral will take place July 26 at 11a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6201 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22205. A Celebration of Life will take place August 3 at 2 p.m. at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, 3440 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church, VA 22041. Ralph contributed time, talent and money to so many charities, please feel freeto donate to one of your choice in his memory.Ralph contributed time, talent and money to so many charities, please feel freeto donate to one of your choice in his memory.
Published in The Washington Post from July 26 to July 27, 2014