Edward R. Abderholden, MD
Prominent family physician Dr. Edward R. Abderholden, MD, 83, of Antioch, Il., died August 3, 2010 after a short illness surrounded by family members and his wife Dolores.
He grew up on the south side of Chicago, son of Edward and Ann (Yucik) with his sister, Mary Ann Robeck, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Harper High School and was the school's commanding officer for ROTC. He attended the University of Illinois before entering the U.S. Army where he was a Second Lieutenant serving in post World War II Japan and being honorably discharged April 1, 1953. He returned from service in Japan after his father, a trolley car conductor, died and he began pursuing his medical career. He completed his undergraduate studies at Loyola University and was accepted into the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, Chicago. He was a member of the Century Club (1973) and an Alpha Sigma NU Honor Society member (April 1951), graduating in 1956. He interned and served general surgery residency at St. Joseph's Hospital, Chicago. He married Dolores Raila on Jan. 29, 1950, at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Chicago. His young family lived for a time at the Mother of Cabrini subsidized housing projects before moving to Antioch in 1958 and establishing the Orchard Medical Center, S.C. He practiced pediatrics, internal medicine, general surgery and obstetrics/gynecology. He had staff privileges at both St. Therese and Victory Hospitals in Lake County and twice served as chief of staff at St. Therese in 1993 and 1994. He also was chief of staff at Victory in 1973. He was co-director of St. Therese Hospital Star Hospice. He received the Award of Merit from St. Therese in 1986, Award of Appreciation in 1993 and honored for his years of service in 1997. He also served on the Barnell Clinic board in 1970. He was an assistant professor at Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, in 1977 and was appointed to clinical assistant professor in 1995-1996. Appointed Life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1976. He served on A Safe Place Domestic Violence Task Force in Waukegan. The American Medical Association honored him with the Physician Recognition Award for 1992-1995. The Lake County Lung Association awarded him with a certificate of appreciation in 1985. While he grew up in the city, (he owned a zoot suit and loved to dance to Dave Brubeck and other big bands) he embraced the outdoors in Antioch and was active hunting, fishing and camping. He was a member of Northern Illinois Ducks Unlimited and Lake County Pheasants Forever. He was in his 50th year as an Antioch Lion's Club member and was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellow award for humanitarian services in 2007. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and Antioch Rotary, where he presented the "Medical Moment" joke at meetings. He was made an honorary member of the Antioch Rescue Squad in 1998. The Village of Antioch awarded him a certificate of appreciation for service to citizens on July 3, 1997. He was part of Antioch High School's career education program introducing students to careers in the medical field. He was a basketball referee for St. Peters School after he challenged a referee's call at a game and the referee suggested he try being a referee, so he did. He was also the sideline physician for football games at Antioch High School. He and his wife were part of the Ski Patrol at Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Dolores, and friends and family to such places as Lithuania, England, Ireland, Kenya, Egypt, China, Japan, Hawaii, and the Galapagos Islands. He was very fond of attending concerts, plays, recitals and sporting events that his grandchildren participated in. One of the guiding principles he shared with his children was that if you loved what you did, it wasn't work, and he simply loved being a doctor.
Visitation Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at STRANG FUNERAL HOME, 1055 Main St., Antioch. Funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. Monday, at St. Peter Church, 557 Lake St., Antioch. Burial immediately following at Hillside Cemetery, Antioch. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Peter Church, Antioch Rescue Squad, or charity of your choice.
He is survived by his children and grandchildren including Edward and Lynn and their children Ned, Lauren and Brooke; Sue and Lee (Keller) and their children Ona and Eva; Frank and Sue and their children Elizabeth and Katherine; Jim and Linda (Lambert) and their children Blaise and Tyler; Mark and Anne Marie and their children Jeremy Lazar, Katharina, Alex, Joanna, and Isabelle; and Guy and Juliann and their children Max, Sam and Maggie.
He was preceded in death by his son, Mark, and grandson, Christopher (Ed and Lynn). Also survived by brother-in-law Dr. Frank Raila, BS, MS, MD, ABR, FACR, and sister-in-law Florence Lessner.
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Published in News Sun on Aug. 5, 2010