In Memory

Edward Rosenthal - Class Of 1965 VIEW PROFILE

Ed passed away on December 21st from several health issues that he had been battling for a number of years. Ed had a distinguished career as a teacher, coach and union leader. Ed also served as the mayor of the Village of Bolingbrook, Illinois. Ed was 69 years old.

Ed is survived by his wife Hilary (Rosenberg - Class of 1966), his daughters Rachel and Rebecca and his brother William.

Services will be held on Tuesday, December 26th at Noon at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 N. Buffalo Grove Road (one block north of Lake-Cook Road), Buffalo Grove.     

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12/22/17 06:43 PM #1    

William Trow (1965)

Ed was a long time and valued friend. We spent four years in division together. We had many classes together. He was a happy go lucky guy who always had a smile on his face and he would always somehow manage to put a smile on my face no matter how upset I might be. We stayed in occasional contact throughout the years at division gatherings and reunions, but lately due to health restrictions, I did not see him that often. His wife Hilary is a super friendly person and a wonderful lady. He will be terribly missed. Rest in peace my good friend.   

12/23/17 07:46 AM #2    

Laurance (Larry) Simon (1965)

Eddie sat in front of me in division and about half of my classes. He always had a sense of hunmor and had me laughing everyday. I also found it funny that a young Jewish man would begin his career teaching at a Catholic high school. Talk about a fish out of water. To him it was no big deal. They were kids who needed an education and that was what he did, educate young minds.

I will miss his smile and sense of humor.

12/23/17 10:06 AM #3    

Rose Kundanis (1965)

Eddie  Rosenthal brings back memories of laughing in our homeroom more than 50 years ago.  Every time I saw Eddie after we graduated, he always had a smile and warm greeting.  While I also know he was a teacher, golf coach, union leader and mayor, those accomplishments are second in my memory  to his sense of humor and beatific smile. 

12/27/17 08:50 AM #4    

Laurance (Larry) Simon (1965)

A few of us (Eddies classmates) went to his funeral. The temple was packed with over 200 people. I was really heartened to hear people discuss his dedication to his profession as an educator and coach. His girls golf team went to state 19 out of the 21 years he coached them. They had a second place and 3 third places finishes. Better yet, he coached them in life skills to make them have a better and happier life. In addition, they talked how his home room was a place of sanctuary for all students who needed help. He touched many peoples lives and made their lives better. He will be missed.

12/28/17 10:50 AM #5    

Patrick Nolan (1965)

That is indeed sad  news. Eddie was one of my best friends in high school. I fondly remember the pranks we pulled in the lunch room. As has been remarked, he had a great sense of humor -- he sent me an invitation to his bar mitzvah when we were seniors! Having moved away from Chicago so long ago, I was happy to see him at our 50th reunion. I am not surprised that so many have expressed such warm thoughts and memories. Rest in Peace my brother.

01/11/18 01:36 PM #6    

George Andros (1965)

All the above tributes express so very much about Ed.  Most telling for me is Bill T. regrarding Ed's  smile and making all of us happier in his presence.   I totally adopt Patrick N.s thoughts ( as as I have since 5th grade at Howe.) For me- my later, clear memory was walking into our 10 or maybe 20th class reunion with a bit of trepidation on who would remember whom.  Well, from many tables away from the door, Ed, as always sitting by Hillary's side, stood up, gave me a big wave across the room- and invited me over to catch up the good times.  Not suprisingly, The Kowalski Twin Tribe did the same;   Bill T. and I spoke at the 50th regarding, as I recall, Patrick N. leading us down the main hall singing  and or belting out Christmas carols- till we met either Dohney, Sheehy or maybe Luhan , who swooped up behind our director, Patrick..... I'm sure Eddie R was in that group of seniors .     Best regards to you, Hilary.         George Andros   Howe 1961

05/31/19 11:42 AM #7    

Karen Guthrie (1965)

It seems like I just saw Ed.  I'm so sorry to hear of his death.

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