Rosen­berg, Made­line Pelts

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

Made­line Pelts Rosen­berg, daugh­ter of the late Philip and Har­riet Pelts (Wolf­son), passed away peace­fully on July 28, 2020. Born in 1938 and raised in Chicago, Made­line at­tended the Faulkner School in Hyde Park be­fore com­plet­ing her stud­ies at Pine Manor Col­lege. After meet­ing her hus­band of 63 years, Michael, they em­barked upon a fan­tas­tic jour­ney to­gether, rais­ing three sons, lead­ing a grow­ing fam­ily and mak­ing many last­ing friend­ships. Made­line’s friends meant ev­ery­thing to her and she al­ways went above and be­yond for them, al­ways do­ing or say­ing the right thing. To her, even with all of its chal­lenges, life was “won­der­ful” and she al­ways wanted ev­ery­one else to feel the same. But more im­por­tant than any­thing, Made­line loved and cham­pi­oned her fam­ily. She was the de facto team mom at Fran­cis W. Parker School, bring­ing drinks and snacks to all her sons’ school sport­ing events…of­ten in the no­to­ri­ously bru­tal Chicago weather. She was al­ways there show­ing her school spirit! An avid (and VERY knowl­edge­able) sports fan, Made­line al­ways had a Cubs game on TV, and at­tended al­most ev­ery Black­hawks home game for over 50 years. Her or­ga­ni­za­tion and party plan­ning skills were legendary. She did ev­ery­thing on her terms in a uniquely cre­ative and whim­si­cal man­ner, and they al­ways turned out mem­o­rable. Made­line was an ac­tive and life­long sup­porter of many civic and phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Past Pres­i­dent of the North­west­ern Univer­sity Women’s Board, Board Mem­ber of Know Your Chicago, The Univer­sity of Chicago Women’s Board and the Peggy Note­bart Na­ture Mu­seum. Made­line loved her city and its peo­ple, of which she knew many and was beloved by all. She even shared her birth­day, March 4th, with the City of Chicago. The great­est con­so­la­tion is that Made­line left us with so many fan­tas­tic sto­ries by which to re­mem­ber and to help fill the void of our loss. Be­sides her hus­band Michael, Made­line is sur­vived by her three sons Philip (Judy), Steven and David (Carolyn) and eight fan­tas­tic grand­chil­dren; Al­li­son Rosen­berg Sa­muel (Or), Ja­son Rosen­berg, Scott Rosen­berg, Spencer Rosen­berg, Claire Rosen­berg, Ethan Rosen­berg, Ava Rosen­berg and Ivy Rosen­berg. She is also sur­vived by her lov­ing and car­ing sib­lings, James Pelts (Cathy) and Dorothy (the late Wil­liam) Mey­ers and dozens of ex­tended and cher­ished fam­ily. Made­line’s fam­ily ex­presses their sin­cere grat­i­tude for the un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port of her care­givers, Ros­alba Cruz and fam­ily, and her en­tire med­i­cal team. We ask that you re­mem­ber Made­line by do­ing some­thing spe­cial for some­one or an or­ga­ni­za­tion that needs help, but has not nec­es­sar­ily asked for it, as this is the way that she al­ways did things. A pri­vate grave­side ser­vice is be­ing held.

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