Madeline Pelts Rosenberg
1938 - 2020
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Rosenberg, Madeline Pelts

Madeline Pelts Rosenberg, daughter of the late Philip and Harriet Pelts (Wolfson), passed away peacefully on July 28, 2020. Born in 1938 and raised in Chicago, Madeline attended the Faulkner School in Hyde Park before completing her studies at Pine Manor College. After meeting her husband of 63 years, Michael, they embarked upon a fantastic journey together, raising three sons, leading a growing family and making many lasting friendships. Madeline's friends meant everything to her and she always went above and beyond for them, always doing or saying the right thing. To her, even with all of its challenges, life was "wonderful" and she always wanted everyone else to feel the same. But more important than anything, Madeline loved and championed her family. She was the de facto team mom at Francis W. Parker School, bringing drinks and snacks to all her sons' school sporting events…often in the notoriously brutal Chicago weather. She was always there showing her school spirit! An avid (and VERY knowledgeable) sports fan, Madeline always had a Cubs game on TV, and attended almost every Blackhawks home game for over 50 years. Her organization and party planning skills were legendary. She did everything on her terms in a uniquely creative and whimsical manner, and they always turned out memorable. Madeline was an active and lifelong supporter of many civic and philanthropic organizations including Past President of the Northwestern University Women's Board, Board Member of Know Your Chicago, The University of Chicago Women's Board and the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum. Madeline loved her city and its people, of which she knew many and was beloved by all. She even shared her birthday, March 4th, with the City of Chicago. The greatest consolation is that Madeline left us with so many fantastic stories by which to remember and to help fill the void of our loss. Besides her husband Michael, Madeline is survived by her three sons Philip (Judy), Steven and David (Carolyn) and eight fantastic grandchildren; Allison Rosenberg Samuel (Or), Jason Rosenberg, Scott Rosenberg, Spencer Rosenberg, Claire Rosenberg, Ethan Rosenberg, Ava Rosenberg and Ivy Rosenberg. She is also survived by her loving and caring siblings, James Pelts (Cathy) and Dorothy (the late William) Meyers and dozens of extended and cherished family. Madeline's family expresses their sincere gratitude for the unwavering dedication and support of her caregivers, Rosalba Cruz and family, and her entire medical team. We ask that you remember Madeline by doing something special for someone or an organization that needs help, but has not necessarily asked for it, as this is the way that she always did things. A private graveside service is being held.

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jul. 29, 2020.
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August 9, 2020
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Byron Campbell
August 2, 2020
Condolences to you Michael, and to Jimmy too. Many happy memories.
Love, Marilyn Feitler Greenberg
Marilyn Feitler Greenberg
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August 2, 2020
Marilyn Greenberg
Friend
July 30, 2020
It’s with our deep sympathy Phil and I and all the Rooney Family send you our thoughts and prayers!!! ❤
Suzanne Rooney
Friend
July 30, 2020
Dear Michael, I recall so many wonderful times that Marge and I shared with you and Madeline. She was an exceptional person - loving, caring, thoughtful and a dear, dear friend. Our family shares with you the same sense of loss we felt when Marge died. Your friend Neil and all the Hartigans.
Neil Hartigan
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July 29, 2020
Madeline was lovely; my thoughts and prayers go out to you Michael
Dan Dallas
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July 29, 2020
Thinking of past times together with our families and sending you all good memories at this sad time.
Doris and Norm Libman
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July 29, 2020
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Stephen Vitale
July 29, 2020
Dear Michael and Family,
We are so very sorry for your terrible loss! Madeline was a genuinely lovely person with a beautiful outlook whom we'll remember in our hearts...
Peg & Steve Lombardo
July 29, 2020
Sweet, Beautiful and Gracious Madeline was the beacon of light in any room she entered. I adore her and her entire family. Always full of curiosity and genuine concern for everything happening in my life. Today...I shed a tear for my loss of someone very special in my life's journey and a smile in my heart for the presence she will always hold. I will never forget you Madeline. Sending love and hugs to Michael and their 3 extraordinary sons, as well as the entire family. I will toast Madeline at Un Grand Cafe / Mon Ami tonight!
John Mahady
Friend
July 29, 2020
Even though we never met Madeline, we thank her from the bottom of our hearts for raising such an amazing son, Phil, who like Michael, also married an incredible eshet chayil.

Madeline’s legacy is clearly reflected in her warm and close knit family ... many of whom we were lucky enough to meet at Ali and Or’s wedding.

With love to you all
Atalia and Jacques
Jacques and Atalia Cadranel
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July 29, 2020
Dear Family of Madeline,
As you might already know that Madeline and I were born on the same day~March 4th ~which is Chicago's Birthday ~~We shared many happy
times together ~~You and your entire Family have my sincerest and
deepest sympathy,
With lots of love,
Liz Stiffel
Lisbeth Stiffel
Friend
July 29, 2020
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of this very special lady. It was a gift to know her and to have been touched by her grace and loving hospitality. Sending prayers to her dear family.
With sincere regards,
Nancy and Terry Russell
Nancy Russell
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July 28, 2020
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