Robert Leo Hulseman, 84, of Northfield, IL, and Scottsdale, AZ, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 21st, surrounded by his family. Devoted husband of nearly 60 years of the late Sheila Murphy Hulseman. Beloved father of Robert (Betty), Richard (Kelly), Paul (Patrice), Margaret Kovach (Joseph), Joseph (Frances), the late Jean Kloos (Robert), Thomas (Esteban Diaz), Lawrence (Amanda), Patricia (Brian Abrams), and William. Honored grandfather of Liam Hulseman; Zachary Lucas; Colin, Patrick, Conor, Michael, Sean, Molly, Brendan, Brian, Kathleen, Devitt, Delia, Emmett & Aidan Hulseman; Kaitlin, Elizabeth (Ryan Duggan), Greta & Joseph Kovach; Kathryn, Anna, Clare & Sheila Hulseman; David & Sarah Kloos; Lawrence & Charles Hulseman; and Erin & Michaela Abrams. Dear brother of John Hulseman (the late Georgia) of Vero Beach, FL, fond brother-in-law of Eileen Samuelson (Alan) of Park Ridge and Judith Murphy, OSB, of Chicago, and uncle to 11 nieces and nephews. Bob met his wife, Sheila, as a student at Marquette University, and together they were awarded honorary doctorates from the Catholic Theological Union in recognition of their lifelong commitment to service and principled leadership. At 18, Bob began working in the factory at Solo Cup Company, the business his father began. Over the course of nearly 60 years, he worked in a variety of roles and oversaw the company's growth into one of the largest foodservice packaging companies in the world, ultimately serving as President and CEO before his retirement. He was known as an innovator, a hands-on manufacturing expert, and an industry pioneer; many of the products he developed are ubiquitous today, including the Red Solo Cup and the Traveller Lid. As philanthropists, Bob and Sheila were committed to supporting a variety of organizations and causes committed to Catholic education, anti-poverty initiatives, and religious communities. Throughout his life, Bob was a gentleman who demonstrated class at all turns and a great deal of trust in others. Bob to his friends and Papa to his grandchildren, he was known for his sense of humor, which manifested in many a bad joke, great wit, and his ability to spin a partner on the dance floor. He had a gift for music, which he inherited from his mother, and his family and friends remember fondly the times he sat down at the piano to entertain. As a young man, he was quite an athlete, picking up his father's talent for polo, and throughout his life he was a competitive tennis player. He counted the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin among his close friends. Robert's gift for language gave voice to both strong sentiment and a deep spirituality, and he filled countless notebooks with poems that expressed his knowledge of God's love, his devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the great love he shared with his wife, Sheila. Visitation on Monday, December 26th at Saints Faith, Hope, and Charity Church, 191 Linden Street, Winnetka, IL, from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, 7430 N. Ridge Blvd., Chicago, IL60645 or Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660 or Presence St. Francis Hospital, c/o Presence Health Foundation, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60606. Info 847-675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune from Dec. 23 to Dec. 25, 2016.