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Timothy Alan Estberg, 51, of Evanston, IL died August 28, 2016. Mr. Estberg is the eldest child of Donald and Wai Ching (Wong) Estberg. He was awarded a BA from Northwestern University and an MA in Teaching in Secondary Education with an emphasis in music education from Northeastern Illinois University. From his childhood, heads turned searching for the enthusiastic voice singing hymns during church services. The voice was Tim's. He began his vocation in music and music education as music director at Evangelical Covenant Church of Evanston. Tim became music director at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Evanston in 1994. As Minister of Music, he revitalized liturgical services, strengthened the choir, developed the children's choir and expanded the parish's musical repertoire. Realizing Tim's extraordinary gifts as musician and educator, he was hired by Pope John XXIII School as the school's music teacher. Student musical performances, as well as parish musical reviews, were enthusiastically received and are fondly remembered. It was in the educational environment that Tim found his fullest passion. After earning his MA in Secondary Education, Tim joined the faculty of New Trier High School in Winnetka, specializing in choral music. He directed several student musicals in New Trier's nationally recognized music program. His special love was the school's traditional, student-written, student-produced production, "Lagniappe." Tim also served as the music department's coordinator at New Trier's Northfield campus. He was an integral member of its leadership team. Tim served on numerous faculty committees. He was well-known and highly respected for his insistence on the inclusion of all students into the life of the school. As freshman adviser, he quickly became mentor to students and model educator. Emphasizing every student's dignity and value and drawing out each student's gifts, Tim worked tirelessly advocating a place and role in the school for every young man and woman. With each group of freshmen advisees, Tim emphasized the importance of service to the community. He led numerous service projects in Chicago and in the area. Tim was an enthusiastic and effective advocate for LGBTQ students, insisting that they enjoy acceptance, respect and safety. Perhaps most of all, Tim was known school-wide for his warmth and infectious happiness. Tim remained a member of St. Nicholas Parish even as he sang with the choir at St. Luke Episcopal Church in Evanston. He traveled the world with friends and family, enjoying outdoor activities and discovering wonderful foods and culture. When not teaching, traveling, cooking, cycling, gardening or planning activities with his family and friends, Tim could be found in Evanston and Chicago coffee shops, cultivating innumerous friendships. Tim is survived by his parents, his sister, May, and her family, Tom, Kate, Alice, Lily and Lucy Heriza of Bozeman, MT, and by his brother, Alf, and his family, Chris, Mitchell and Emma Estberg of Evanston. Visitation Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Wake Service/Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Nicholas Church, 806 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202. Musical Prelude Thursday 9:30 am followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Nicholas Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, 20 Horseneck Lane, 2nd Floor, Greenwich, CT 06830 or online at fibrofoundation.org. Or donations may be made to the Special Gifts Theater, P.O.Box 2231, Northbrook, IL 60062 or online at specialgiftstheatre.org. Info: 847 675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2016
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