John Charles Reibsamen, age 76, of Elmhurst, passed away April 28, 2021. John was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa. He is preceded in death by his parents Bur and Olive (Jondall) Reibsamen. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Margaret (Grabinski). Consummate father of Charlie Reibsamen and Jim (Claudia) Brandenborg. Proud grandfather of Gwyneth and Alexus Brandenborg. Cherished brother of Terry (John) Norris of Dallas, TX and brother-in-law to Teri Novak, Billy (Tami) Grabinski, and Jerry Grabinski. Beloved uncle to Bo, Jeff, and Julie Norris; David, Daniel, Gina, Tanner, and Emily Grabinski; Andi (Novak) Basel, and Dan, Lex, and Jeff Novak.

John taught passionately as a Professor in the Social Sciences department at Triton College in River Grove for more than 30 years. Famous for rewriting his course syllabi to reflect new research, he never tired of discussing life’s big questions with his students— particularly in his favorite courses, Cultural Anthropology and Child Development.

After his retirement, John continued to adjunct at Triton and maintained a booth at a local antique mall. John was a friend to many including his neighbors, fellow antique mall dealers, golfing buddies and high school classmates “the Bobcats.”

John was a decent and pragmatic man that navigated life with so few conflicts. He strived to be an example for his family and gave endlessly with his time, nurturing his sons’ pursuits. In his work and hobbies, he was organized, thorough, and professional.

John was a deeply sensitive man who took great pains not to burden others with his troubles or shortcomings. Despite his wisdom and natural intelligence, he showed great restraint not to meddle in others’ affairs. If called upon, he seemed perpetually ready to assist or lead with measured grace and fortitude.

John led a comfortable lifestyle in retirement all the way up to a sudden hospitalization less than two days before he passed. He was blessed to only suffer for a very short time.

A private family gathering was held shortly after his passing. Due to health concerns related to the pandemic, public services were delayed. Please join us for a casual attire, open house-style celebration of life at Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst’s Wilder Park on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 12-8 p.m. There will be opportunities to eulogize John throughout the day as well as a remembrance book to record and share memories and well wishes. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in John’s name to Doctors Without Borders. Arrangements have been entrusted to Elmhurst Community Funeral Home – The Ahlgrim Chapel. For information, 630-834-3515 or



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