Jeffrey Bergen
1955 - 2018
Smith-Corcoran Glenview Funeral Home
1104 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, IL
Jeffrey Marc Bergen, age 62, passed away on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Jeff was born on July 21, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York, to Frederick and Dorothy (Cohen) Bergen. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Donna (Szopa) Bergen; daughter, Renee Polinski, and granddaughter, Natalie; daughter, Sabrina (Greig) Havern, and grandchildren Jack and Grace; son, Mark (Jaime) Stasiorowski, and granddaughters, Katerina and Alina; daughter Melisa (Peter) Sadalski; and sister, Rhonda (Mark) Hager, and niece, Debbie. Jeff received his B.S. from Brooklyn College and his S.M. and PhD from the University of Chicago. After his arrival at DePaul University in 1981, Jeff became an internationally recognized scholar in the area of non-commutative algebra, published over 50 articles in refereed research journals, and was the sole author of an abstract algebra textbook in 2010. He was the director of the Masters of Arts in Mathematics Education Program at DePaul, and his excellence in teaching was acknowledged by his reception of the Cortelyou-Lowery Award in 2007. Jeff continued to inspire his students through his passion for mathematics and education until his passing. A visitation will take place on Saturday, March 17th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 1104 Waukegan Road, Glenview. A brief service will follow at noon. Jeff was a very generous person and enjoyed donating to various charities, including many animal welfare organizations. Please consider a donation in his name to a charity of your choice. Info 847-359-8020 or visit

Published by Chicago Tribune on Mar. 16, 2018.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Smith-Corcoran Glenview Funeral Home
1104 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL
Smith-Corcoran Glenview Funeral Home
1104 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL
Funeral services provided by:
Smith-Corcoran Glenview Funeral Home
Please consider a donation as requested by the family.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

13 Entries
My sincere condolences for Dr Bergen's passing. As oneof his MAMEd students, I will remember his dedication and passing for Mathematics and inspiration to all of his students.
He will be greatly missed.

Valentin G Dragos
August 19, 2018
It was quite by chance that I learned today of Jeff's passing. I am very saddened to hear the news. He was a very nice person and a great mathematician. Please accept my condolences and prayers that his family and friends may find consolation in their shared treasured memories.
Sergio Lopez-Permouth
May 25, 2018
To his family, I am sorry for your loss. I was lucky to have him as a professor and I will remember him fondly.
Sarah Dumser
May 6, 2018
Dr. Bergen was an inspired and knowledgeable mathematics professor. As a high school teacher of mathematics, he inspired me to become the first female to teach Calculus at ETHS. I'm sorry for all those students who will not have his keen insight and passion to guide them through the MAMED program.
To his family, my deepest condolences.
Jan Flaws
May 4, 2018
I am so sad to hear of Professor Bergen's passing.

He was an incredible man with a passion for mathematics and the teaching of mathematics. I was lucky to have him as a professor in the MAMED program. He truly loved what he did and inspired that passion in others.

Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Jackie Ballarini
March 18, 2018
Professor Bergen was so joyful about teaching and I always enjoyed his punny math jokes and clear enjoyment of the material. I will always be grateful for the MAMED/MSMT program that he led so well! He inspired me to be a better teacher and I will miss him greatly! My condolences to his family and friends. I'm so sorry for your loss of such a great man!
From an MSMT Student Graduating in 2019
Matt Crye
March 17, 2018
Bergen Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I had the honor of having Jeff Bergen as my professor and he truly made an impact on my life. To see his passion for teaching, mathematics, his students, and his family was remarkable. He will always be remembered.

Christina Schweinebraten
March 17, 2018
Thomas Ambat
March 16, 2018
My sincerest condolences to the Bergen Family. I was honored to serve with Jeff on the Maine Township High School District 207 Board. I was so impressed with his wit, his intellect, and his humanity. We can all take comfort in knowing that a high quality education for all young people was his highest lifelong priority.

Donna Pellar-Ryden
Donna Pellar-Ryden
March 16, 2018
Chuck & Wanda Korcz
March 16, 2018
Donna & Melisa & family, My deepest sympathy to all on your loss of a great, wonderful man. I feel so blessed to have known him. May your memories comfort you. His passion for education and life has impacted my life so that I will keep him alive in my heart forever.
March 16, 2018
Condolences to the family .
Sorry for your great loss.
May your many great memories
Comfortt you during this difficult
Time. May you fine comfort in
Almighty God wonderful future
March 16, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. May the wonderful memories of your loved one continue to provide your family a small measure of comfort until God's promises are fulfilled. Matthew 5:5
March 16, 2018
Showing 1 - 13 of 13 results