Norman E. Rodenberg
Norman Rodenberg Norman Edwin Rodenberg, 89, of Springfield, Ill., born July 16, 1927, in Maeystown, Ill., passed away at 1:25 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at Regency Nursing Care. Norm served in the U. S. Navy after his high school graduation in 1945. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he began his career in the teaching profession as a music teacher. He continued in the educational field, receiving his Masters in Administration degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, serving as a principal, superintendent, and business manager in several school districts. In 1972 he began his employment with the Illinois Department of Mental Health in Springfield, Ill., serving in various roles until his retirement. Continuing with his love of music through the years, he served as choir director in multiple churches and performed as vocalist for scores of sacred services, sharing his special talent with many. Norm was a member of St. Paul's Lodge 500 A.F.&A.M., Springfield Consistory, and Ansar Shriners. He served on the Ansar's Divan as Chief of Staff in 2002 and 2003 and as Ansar's administrator in 2004. Norm possessed an incredible work ethic and was an accomplished handyman who built fences and decks for family and friends and never met a task he couldn't complete. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Meta, nee Schrader, Rodenberg; and his first wife and the mother of his children, Helen, nee Nicholson, Rodenberg. Surviving are his second wife, Linda, nee Stephens, Rodenberg, whom he married on July 11, 1987; a daughter, Julie (Mark) Erickson of Springfield, Ill.; two sons, David (Jama) Rodenberg of Columbia, Ill., and Jeff (Clare) Rodenberg of Waterloo, Ill.; a stepson, Rob Stephens of Springfield, Ill.; seven grandchildren; a sister, Verna, nee Rodenberg, Mehrtens of O'Fallon, Ill.; two nieces; a nephew; and many cousins and friends. The family wishes to thank the staff of Regency Nursing Care for Norm's splendid care during his stay there. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the animal Protective League or First Congregational United Church of Christ. Visit our online obituary at www.parkfuneralhomesinc.com Visitation: Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Springfield, Ill., Funeral: Funeral service at at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at First Congregational United Church of Christ the Reverend Dan Dexter officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. ELLINGER-KUNZ & PARK FUNERAL HOME, Springfield, Ill.
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