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GURNEE - Rhoda M. (Brauer) Bergmann, age 95, died October 10, 2018. Born January 26, 1923, in Rochelle, IL, she grew up in Chicago and attended Luther Institute high school where she acted and sang in Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" in 1940. She was known for her beautiful voice and was soloist at weddings and a member of church choirs. While in high school, she met her future husband, Egon. They were engaged prior to his enlistment in the Army during WWII. Two months after returning from the war, they were married and remained devoted to each other for 72 years until his death in July, 2018. Rhoda was a graduate of Bryant and Stratton Business College and worked as a secretary at Rock Island Railroad during the war. She later was church secretary at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in LaGrange Park, IL and, after moving to Gurnee, was secretary at Bethel Lutheran Church. She was an active church member, including LWML, dedicated to her family and community service. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am Monday, October 15 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5110 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031 with services following at 11 am at the church. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Bethel Lutheran Church or to the American Bible Society, 101 North Independence Mall East FL8, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2155. Arrangements entrusted to Sambrano Funeral & Cremation, Gurnee. You may leave online condolences at LauraSambranoFunerals.com; 847-571-7719.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 13, 2018
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