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2:49 am CDT June 2, 2019

Sondra Headrick Stensby

Sondra Headrick Stensby, formerly of Northbrook, died April 28 peacefully at home in the hands of Robert, her devoted husband of 55 years.  

She was born on June 24, 1939 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to her parents, Dan and Marion Headrick and graduated from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City Iowa where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  During her college life, “Sonie” was an active member of Tri Delta Sorority and was crowned University Homecoming Queen in her Senior Year. 

She met her soon to be husband, Robert while teaching in the Des Moines public school system and the two were married in 1963.  Soon after, they found residence in the Chicago Suburb of Northbrook where they raised and were the biggest supporters of five children.  She is survived by her devoted and loving  husband, Robert, and their five children, Robert Stensby, Christine (Chris) Nein, Timothy (Cathy) Stensby, David (Heather) Stensby and Anne (Craig) Leavell and by her always adored 13 grandchildren all of whom she spoiled with love every chance she could; Brooke and Tatum Stensby, Justin, Logan and Brennan Nein, Austin, Matt and Chase Stensby, Niko and Graham Stensby and Brady, Noah and Finn Leavell.

Every day she embraced being “Mom” to her immediate family as well as to many of our family’s friends, and later “Nana” to her loving grandchildren.   She will long be remembered by friends and family for creating indelible memories, always being the spirit of the occasion at birthday and holiday celebrations, university parent’s weekends, sporting events, dance recitals or while traveling on vacations.

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sondra Stensby Memorial fund at lungevity.donordrive.com 

Theda R. Cole

Theda Rose Cole, née Ader, 86, of Northbrook, died. 

She was the beloved wife of the late Sheldon “Shelly” Cole, who passed away in March of this year. She was the cherished mother of Michelle Cole Miller (fiancé Samuel Franklin), Leo (Beth) Cole and step-children Daniel (Izabela) Cole and Andra (Steven) Thorpe; devoted daughter of the late Leo and Edna Ader; loving grandmother of Jett Miller, Jessie Cole, Jaz Miller (fiancé Eric Tucker), Kevin Cole, Ethan Thorpe, Marysia Cole, Wiley Thorpe, Stefan Cole and Harlan Thorpe; dear sister of Sherlee (the late Herbert Abramson and the late Seymour) Lezak; dear cousin of Howard Ader. 

James G. Sharkey

James G. Sharkey, 86, of Northbrook, died May 16.

He was the loving father of Catherine Sharkey-Steinberg (Rick), Christine Sharkey-Sanders (Dustan) and Janet Sharkey-Gualano; cherished grandfather of Sara Oberheim (Harry), Caitlyn Isham, Eric Chaney, Jake Chaney (Rachel), Sean Sharkey (Allison), Rocco Gualano, Nickolas Gualano and Samantha Steinberg; proud great grandfather of Zachary Klein, Justin and AJ Oberheim. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Rita Comstock Sharkey and son, Gregory J. Sharkey. 

Sharkey was a lifelong skier and instructor and had passion for sailing. He was a 25-year participant in Northbrook on Ice. He was also an active supporter and participant of Adaptive Adventures. He lived life to the fullest and will be missed by all who knew him.

Service and interment were private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Adaptive Adventures.org.

Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email martin@northbrooktower.com with information about a loved one who was part of the Northbrook community.