Donna Greenberg (1932 – 2010)
Donna H. Greenberg died on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Naperville, IL with family by her side after a long fight with Cancer. She was lovingly cared for by Community Nursing home in Naperville, IL, and Season’s Hospice for the past few months.
She was born to Agnes (Larsen) and Harold Hoff on June 2, 1932 in Kenosha, WI.
She attended the University of Wisconsin – Kenosha Extension, the University of Colorado and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Anthropology.
She worked as the Executive Secretary, the Curator of Education and the Acting Director of the Kenosha Public Museum over a period of years.. She traveled abroad, filming Europe, and served as Travel Lecturer in Kenosha.
After meeting at Bradford High School, and a lengthy courtship, she married Philip J. Greenberg on November 24, 1962, in Lake County, IL. Together, they ran, Greenberg’s, a women’s clothing store in downtown Kenosha until 1976.
Donna was passionate about bringing arts, music and culture to Kenosha. She actively participated in Community Concerts, Friends of the Museum and the Kenosha Art Fair. She served on the Downtown Kenosha Association, the Board of Directors for the Kenosha Humane Society and was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts. She was an avid fine art and folk art collector.
In addition to being a homemaker, she was a realtor with I.J. Bear, Stanich Realty, and Remax; she ran an estate sale business, and designed the Kachina Collection for Greenberg’s.
In 1991, she moved to Scottsdale AZ. While in AZ, she worked in retail and at a physician’s office while pursuing her interests in western art, holistic medicine and metaphysics. She volunteered with the Boys & Girls club of Maricopa County and the Heard Museum.
She returned to the Chicago area in 2004, to be closer to family.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Timothy “TJ” Larson, North Aurora, IL; Niece Ann (Ed) Littner; Nephews: Russell “Beau” (Lynn) Jensen, Jr., Kris (Hayley) Jensen; Great Nieces & Nephews: Sara (Jim) Aull, Stephanie Littner, Samantha Littner, Phillip Jensen, Jessica Jensen, Noah Jensen and Jakob Jensen, all of Kenosha.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister, Nancy (Russell) Jensen.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 20 2010 at 3:00PM at the Kemper center Chapel. (6501-3rd Avenue) Visitation will be held on Wednesday at Ambrose Hall at the Kemper Center from 1:00PM until the time of services. Burial will take place at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated with certain charities to named at a later date.