Obituary for Donna G. Rosenberg (Green)
Donna Green Rosenberg, daughter of Harold and Marion Green, passed away December 4, 2017, surrounded by loving family. She was 83. A native of South Shore and a graduate of Hyde Park High School, Donna received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Michigan and her Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University. She and her husband, Richard, settled in Winnetka in 1967.
While serving as a Cub Scout den mother, Donna discovered Greek mythology, and this kindled what would become a lifelong passion. Known as “Mrs. Myth,” Donna taught mythology to scores of students in the Winnetka Public School system. She went on to teach English at Washburne Junior High School and author several books on mythology and world literature. Donna was first and foremost a teacher. She had a keen interest in the human mind and believed in each student’s ability to transcend expectations. She believed that, if a student could feel successful, this would serve as the most powerful motivator of all. As a teacher for the North Shore Senior Center, she developed a following of students with whom she explored the great works of literature in meticulous historical and literary detail.
Despite her urban roots, Donna loved the beauty of wild places. She was an active hiker, kayaker, and photographer and loved nothing more than sharing her passions with her family. Her favorite outdoor activities included exploring the high mountain lakes of the Canadian Rockies, photographing the wildflowers of the Swiss Alps, and kayaking among the icebergs of Alaska and Greenland. She had a particular love for the native culture, landscape, and art of the American Southwest.
Donna is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 59 years, Richard, her children David (Kathy) Rosenberg-Wohl, Deb Dufty, and Mimi (Steve) Ritchie, and 10 loving grandchildren who will all miss her tremendously. Services will be held at Temple Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Ave, Glencoe on Sunday, December 10 at 3:00pm. Shiva will be observed that evening. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the North Shore Senior Center. For additional information, please contact Goldman Funeral Group, www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com (847) 478-1600.