Ray J. Bronsteader, 83, former Blythe Park, Central principal

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Ray J. Bronsteader, 83, a longtime resident of Brookfield, died March 2, 2014 at the Lexington of LaGrange.

Mr. Bronsteader's family moved to Brookfield in 1941, and he graduated from Riverside-Brookfield High School in 1948. He served in the U.S Army during the Korean War.

After the war he embarked on a career in education in North Riverside and Riverside that lasted more than 30 years. Mr. Bronsteader taught industrial arts at Komarek School in North Riverside for 10 years before heading over to Riverside, where he spent 23 years as a principal, at both Blythe Park and central schools. He retired in 1988.

Mr. Bronsteader was also active as a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brookfield, where he served as a deacon, trustee and member of the board of finance. He also enjoyed woodworking, traveling and following the Chicago White Sox.

He was the husband of Muirl Bronsteader (nee Radke); the father of Tim (Linda) Bronsteader, Paul (Kristin) Bronsteader, Carol (Doug) Smith and Julie (Tim) DeLong; the grandfather of Steve Bronsteader, Michael Bronsteader, Allison Bronsteader, Maggie Votsmier, Hannah Votsmier and the late Faith Votsmier, Nevin DeLong and Emma Bronsteader; and the brother of Nancy (Ken) Hollmann.

Mr. Bronsteader will lie in state at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9035 Grant Ave. in Brookfield, from 11 a.m. until a funeral service at noon. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park.

Memorial donations are appreciated to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9035 Grant Ave., Brookfield, Ill. 60513.

Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

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