Bernstorff, Margaret Louise (Died)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 10 Mar 2011, p. 29

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Bernstorff, Margaret Louise (1914 - 2011) Born at Evanston Hospital, Miss Bernstorff proudly lived almost all of her long life in Evanston, Illinois. She graduated from Evanston Township High School and earned two degrees from Northwestern University, a Bachelors of Music and a Masters of Music Education. She was an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta and was elected to Alpha Lambda Delta, a scholastic sorority. An accomplished violinist, Miss Bernstorff earned two degrees from the American Conservatory of Music, a Bachelors and a Masters of Music in Violin. She performed with the American Conservatory Orchestra, and for years she was an active member of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and played first violin. During the early 1940s, Miss Bernstorff taught at the Chadwick School in California and at Hendrix College in Arkansas. She also taught high school at the Jerome Internment Camp for Japanese Americans. Some of Margaret's greatest pleasures in life were gardening, dancing, socializing, playing softball, and traveling through Europe as a teenager. She also fondly recalled her many years of active membership in the Post Kollegiate Klub at Evanston's First United Methodist Church. After her brief time away, Margaret returned to Evanston and the house where she grew up, devoting the next 60 years to caring for her infirmed family members. When Margaret moved to a retirement community at 94, she discovered a fresh, new enthusiasm for life. She began drawing for the first time, learned how to make jewelry, and also made many new friends. Margaret brought a rare sense of optimism, curiosity, and humor to each day, despite her age and esophageal cancer. Mentally alert, uncomplaining, and always ready with a smile, Margaret thrived in her new surroundings. Margaret has no immediate survivors but was much loved by her neighbors and those who looked after her in recent years. Neither she nor any of her three siblings ever married: Anita Bernstorff (1910-2008), Elaine Bernstorff (1916-1972), and Frank A. Bernstorff, Jr. (1920-2003). Her father Frank A. Bernstorff (1871-1966) taught German at Northwestern University, and her mother Lillian Clara Bergold Bernstorff (1881-1974) taught at Illinois State Normal University. Both parents held graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where they met. The family's remains are interred at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago. Info: 847.673.6111 or


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Bernstorff, Margaret Louise (Died)