Funeral Details

Donald Esken

August 7, 1929 - March 10, 2023


Date and Time

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 12 Noon


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Brant Rosen

Interment - Private


Esken - Breitberg Residence
6853 North Lamon Avenue
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712
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Donald Esken, age 93, adored father and grandfather. Loving husband of the late Sandra nee Margolin; and loving partner of Tina Harber. Some of the fondest times of his life were those enjoyed with his children Karyn (Fred Breitberg) and Cheryl (Scott Gelman). Adored grandchildren Danny (Zoe Engel), Sam, and Joey. Service Wednesday, 12 Noon at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd. (at Niles Center Road) Skokie. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the charity of your choice. To attend the funeral livestream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,



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Dear Cheryl, Karyn, Scott, Fred, Danny, Sammy, Joey and extended family,

We were so very sorry to hear about Don's passing. Don was a remarkable father, father-in-law, and grandfather. Don and Sandra raised such remarkable, loving and attentive daughters who have now raised amazing families of their own. He was a genuinely wonderful man.

Cheryl and Karyn, how grateful and proud he must have been to see you both grow into the beautiful, kind, and wickedly smart women that you have become. No father could have wanted more! Your memories will last a lifetime and smiles of the past will one day erase some of the tears of the present.

Take comfort in knowing that your dad is at peace and out of pain.

Warmest regards,

Linda and Ed Spitz

Linda and Ed Spitz
March 12, 2023
Dear Esken Breitberg Family-

I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. Love you.

Naomi and blake

Naomi Mark
March 12, 2023
Cheryl, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am sending prayers for your healing as well as to your family. May his memory bw eternal. Blessings. Nicki

Nicki Koutsoukos
March 12, 2023
Dear Karyn, Cheryl, and Tina,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful father and loving companion.
Don was a very successful business man and we loved his witty comments!
Sending prayers that you will find comfort in happy memories.
With Sincere Sympathy,
Meg Nagel and Ed Van

Meg Nagel
March 14, 2023
One of my favorite childhood stories was from my Uncle Donald. I will always remember Elsmerelda Hoffenfeffer and the popcorn machine. He had a very special way of telling stories.

Davita Silverstein
March 15, 2023
So sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of your parents. Your dad's great cooking, playing mahj with your mom and spending time together. Karyn, your tribute to your your dad was beautiful! May memories of good times spent together bring comfort to your families.

Mickey Tandet Capsuto
March 16, 2023