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Donald H. Elfstrom a nearly 50-year resident of Wheaton Donald H. Elfstrom, recently of West Chicago, died Nov. 3, 2012, at the DuPage County Convalescent Center after a long illness, following a fall at his home in May 2008. He was born July 1, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended school there and graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids in 1952. He was part of the school's R.O.T.C. program and entered the United States Air Force after graduation. A first lieutenant, he was assigned as the base photo officer at Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base near Salina, Kan. The Korean War ended before he was sent overseas. He was honorably discharged and later received a master's degree in education and journalism at the University of Iowa in 1958. Don had been a teacher in the District #200 School System for nearly 30 years when he moved his young family to Wheaton. He had taught English and journalism at Wheaton Central High School and later Wheaton Warrenville High School. For many years he was in charge of the yearbook; he also sponsored students on several trips to England. He was an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheaton since it began in 1959. Singing in the choir was always his joy. He sang supporting roles in musicals presented by Wheaton Drama, Inc. He was also a member and soloist in the Silvertones, a Wheaton Park District singing group. Travel, photography, collecting books and stamps were his serious hobbies--these, along with music, remained his interests all his life. He loved camping with his family and took them on many trips out west, throughout Michigan and Illinois, and to the Smokies and Florida. His main joys were just being with his wife, children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of West Chicago; four children, Kristin (Craig Tiernan) of Dubuque, Iowa, Rebecca (Doug Slagell) of Hampshire, Ill., Eric (Kelly) of West Chicago and David (Marlo Oostmeyer) of West Chicago. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Christian James, Ashlee, Zachary, Cameron and Keghan Tiernan, Kyle and Collin Slagell, and Sean and Tessa Elfstrom. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Christy Elfstrom; and a little 4-year-old brother, David in 1940. Visitation will be held at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 802 E. Geneva Road, Wheaton on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The funeral will follow there at 11 a.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheaton Drama, Inc. and the DuPage County Convalescent Center. Family and friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton at 630-668-0027.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Nov. 7, 2012
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