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James H. Wennersten of Carol Stream James H. Wennersten, 76, passed away on Jan. 31, 2012, from congestive heart failure. He was born on Nov. 16, 1935, in Chicago, to Mildred and Harold Wennersten. James grew up in Chicago, attending Irving Park Grammar School and Carl Schurz High School, where he was an all-state center halfback soccer player, pianist and cellist. He played baseball at Wrigley Field on Saturday mornings with teacher Roger Hornsby. He attended North Park College, where he played the number one position on the tennis team. While at North Park, he was also invited to perform for Soulima Stravinsky, brother of the famous Igor Stravinsky. He received his bachelor's degree from Augustana College, where he was a piano performance major and was awarded the Presser Foundation Scholarship after winning a competition. He continued his studies in piano at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He obtained his master's degree in audio visual from Indiana University. He then taught 2nd and 5th grade for eight years at Rhodes School in River Grove, Ill. While there, he also coached junior high basketball. He dedicated his working career as audio visual director at Glenbard North High School, where he taught for 28 years from the inception of the school. He received the "Those Who Excel" teacher award from the Illinois State Board of Education in 1987. He served on the Carol Stream Library Board for 17 years. He was president of the Carol Stream Library Board when the library was built in 1978. Jim was proud of his Swedish heritage and was longstanding member of Verdandi Lodge of the Independent Order of Svithiod. He was an accomplished self-taught artist. He exhibited his silk screen prints in over 400 shows in 11 states. Jim was a passionate photographer, interested in capturing the beauty of nature, the many faces of Chicago, and the lives of people. He was an avid supporter of theater, having seen over 900 plays, musicals and concerts with his wife Julie. His greatest accomplishment was the love he showed his family. Jim was married to his dear wife Julie for 52 years. He was a loving father to his three children, Jay Wennersten and wife Karen, Jamie Wennersten, Jennifer Zinn and her husband David. He was a devoted grandfather to his grandsons, Adam and Aaron Zinn and dear brother of Richard L. Wennersten. A visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. For more information and guest book see www.hultgrenfh.com or call 630-668-0027.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Feb. 2, 2012
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