Brian R. VandenBergh, 70 of Tinley Park, IL and Eagle River, WI., died peacefully at his home on November 15, 2019.
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at DeFiore Funeral Home-10763 Dundee Road, Huntley.
Brian was born March 2, 1949. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Marge VandenBergh and his sister, Diane Hogan. He is survived by his son Michael VandenBergh and daughter Erin VandenBergh, his grandchildren, Samuel and Grace. He is survived by his Brother Kevin VandenBergh, as well as his nieces and nephews "The Hogans."
Before retirement, Brian was a freshman speech and English teacher at Carl Sandburg High School and Andrew High School. Brian obtained his Bachelors of Science at Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in education at University of Chicago. Brian was also a dedicated and well respected diving coach as he worked during the summers and throughout his teaching career. Brian was very active in the local community with Lions Club, as well as many other levels of community service. Brian enjoyed all types of fishing, skiing, and hiking. He was a loving father, son, brother and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.
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I had the pleasure of working with Brian at Andrew High School for several years. He made Andrew a better and brighter place; he supported students in all ways, but particularly in athletics and activities. His generosity to students was endless. One of my favorite traditions at Andrew was the singing of the 12 Days of Christmas at the winter assembly - Brian was the director of that, and many other school spirit related activities. He will be missed.
Cathi and I worked with Brian for most of our 30 years at Andrew High School. His dedication to the students was unparalleled. If there was a cause to back, a person to cheer up (student or faculty) or an activity to sponsor Brian was there to lead the charge. His tireless energy was responsible in making Andrew High School a special place for all of us. God Bless you Brian along with your family.