Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Samuel Isaac Wiener


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Evanston Community Foundation
The Samuel Isaac Wiener Memorial Fund
1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 535
Evanston, Illinois, 60201


Samuel Isaac Wiener, 24
Beloved son of Paula Jacobi and Todd Wiener. Sam was a truly gifted tennis teacher and coach and athlete. He knew tennis inside and out. He started learning from his grandfather at age 3 and was fortunate to have several great teachers himself along the way. He played in high school, went to state conference each year and reached the top group in doubles his senior year. After graduating from Evanston Township High School and a short stint at Lawrence University, he came back to Evanston and continued teaching tennis, as he had in the summers during high school, this time at Northwestern University in their community tennis programs. Sam gave his all in teaching both adults and children for the last six years until an accident ended his life. He planned his lessons and drills, cared about making sure that everyone he taught got better and loved the process. Parents of his students commented on how kind and passionate he was when he was teaching their children. Sam started working on his degree part-time while teaching at Loyola University in Chicago. For the last two years he has been working towards a business degree, but liking and excelling in his history and theology classes the best, mostly because he so enjoyed the professors teaching those courses. We know from all his many, good friends that Sam was a warm, giving, kind and good friend. And we know from all our friends and adults we meet throughout Evanston and their comments that Sam always had the most welcoming smile and open and warm demeanor to everyone he met. He was smart and quick witted. In short, a kind, generous and giving, smart young man whose live was too short. In order to protect everyone's health during these challenging times all services and Shiva will be private. The service may be viewed at the following link Friday 2:30PM. A public memorial service may be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Evanston Community Foundation - The Samuel Isaac Wiener Memorial Fund, 1560 Sherman Ave., Suite 535, Evanston, IL. 60201, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,



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Catherine Saccany

Paula and Todd, I am so, so sorry for your loss of Sam.

Albert Hartmann

Paula and Todd, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Words cannot express how important and special he was to us, and even more so to our son who learned to play tennis (and so much more) from Sam. We are so sorry for your loss.

Jodi Fox

Sam's death is absolutely tragic. What a wonderful, generous soul he had from such a young age. Please accept my deepest sympathies, and those of my sons, to whom Sam was a great role model and kind advisor at difficult times.
May his memory be a blessing.

Ron Daniel

Dear Paula and Todd
It was with profound sadness that I learned of Samâ??s passing from David and Jeremy. I can barely fathom your pain. David always kept me in the loop about his friends and I know he cared for Sam dearly. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

Myra Mercer

All of my childhood memories are based off Sam. My best friend in elementary school who played with me everyday. Who always had fun with me and shared the same imagination. I am heartbroken. I love you guys very much and Iâ??m so sorry this happened.

Keith Forshaw

So young and too much we could have gained from this beautiful life. Not sure what to say, other than this has touched me, my friends, and my family. Jacob Keleher Keith Forshaw

Elizabeth Anderson

Paula and Todd, I am so sorry about Sam's loss. My thoughts are with you.

Michelle Ney

Paula and Todd - All of you are in my thoughts. I know how much you love Sam. I can't imagine how much you miss him.

Jennifer Moran

Todd and Paula, My heart is broken for your loss. It is with a full heart of sorrow that I write these words to you. Losing your son so unexpectedly is the deepest cut and we all are feeling your loss. May you be uplifted by the care and love that surrounds you as you move through this difficult time. Holding you close, Jennifer and family

caroline glasser

Paula & Todd - We will always remember Sam's amazing smile. He had an incredible and infectious positive attitude and was always willing to help & guide others. Even on the tennis courts where competition was king, Sam was a prince above others. Such a very special boy turned man......

Sam will be very much missed by so many. We are all wrapping a big hug of love around you today and always.

Margarita Solomensky

Dear Todd & Paula - With deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. Stay strong. Margarita & Julian

Michael Carrillo

Paula and Todd, we are so saddened to hear of Samuelâ??s passing and for your loss. With Deepest condolences, Pam and Mike Carrillo

Larry Singer

Paula and Todd: I am so very sorry for this unimaginable loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Nancy Rollins

Todd and Paula, I am so sorry for your loss.Sam impacted so many people,very inspired by your description of how he lived his life.

Mark Rust

Kim and I are heartbroken at your loss and the communityâ??s loss; and our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Susan Frankel

Dear Paula and Todd, Our deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to you, a horrible tragedy. You gave Sam so much love and he was a wonderful person. Susan $ Mark

Pablo Perez

I'm very sorry for your lost your son was truly an inspiration and a gift from above he will be greatly missed but he is still with all of in spirit he was like a brother to me and so many others .

Melissa and John Vallone

Paula and Todd, John and I are so deeply saddened at the loss or your son Samuel. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Mike Woolf

Paula and Todd, my family and I are very sorry for your loss and sending you our deepest condolences! My brother and I played with Sam at Evanston and he will be missed. Will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers!

Ada P Kahn

Todd and Paula, my deepest sympathy is with you. At this time of the loss of your dear Samuel, be strong and be well.

Dr. Jacqueline Steele

Todd and Paula. Light will shine upon you through your beloved son Sam now and more so many minutes, hours,days,months ,years and beyond. With a heavy heart I hold you and yours deeply. Sending you virtual hugs until we can give in person, Bless you Endearingly.

Romell Harris

Paula and Todd, thank you for raising such a wonderful human. Sending all my love a prayers two you two.

Sujata and Laurie Marks

Paula and Todd, Our thoughts are with you and we send you our strength.

Mel Ampon

Paula and Todd, We will always remember Sam in our hearts. Heâ?? has been a great help. We will surely miss a wonderful person...

Bea triz and Roberto Levi

Dear Paula and Todd, our thoughts and our deepest sympathy are with you. May Sam rest in Peace and may you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of him.
Dr Roberto and Beatriz Levi

Jessup Stokes

In the short time I knew Sam, he was always so Kind. He had such a Beautiful Soul. My Prayers are with you both. He will be missed greatly. We love you Sam.

Jonah Kuvin

Paula and Todd, I am so sorry for the loss of Sammy. Sammy was a great guy, with a big heart. I will always remember the tennis tournaments, the gum he was always excited to bring us, playing paintball, and all the many more pleasant memories he has left us with. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Sheila and David Cahnman

May God comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Alan and Sallie Gratch. (Brian's parents)

Treasure your memories of Sam. Our deep, heartfelt sympathy. We fee your pain.

Lisa Altenbernd and Steve Hagerty

We are holding your family in our hearts. Be well.

Karen Goodgold

Todd and Paula, Jay and I are so sorry for your loss of your dear Sam. We've been so moved by the outpouring of love from those who know him and shared his numerous special qualities. You are such wonderful people and were a gift to Sam as his parents. We're thinking of you and are here for you.

Vinny Finneran

Iâ??m so sorry for your loss. Besides being such a talent on the court, Sam was a sweet and funny kid who brightened the hallways at Nichols. We share your grief.

Chapman family

Paula & Todd,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Sammy's memories live on in all our hearts. Our sincere condolence to your family.

Emily and Hank Neuberger

Paula and Todd,
There are no words that can express how sad we are. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I so enjoyed Sam as a teacher at NU. He was delightful and a wonderful teacher. His memory will be for a blessing.

Amy Stanec

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Andrea Stone Zuckert

Dear Paula and Todd,
We are heartbroken, what a devastating loss. The world truly does not make sense any more. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jodie Dew-Gorrell

Todd and Paula,
I'm so sorry for your loss. It is such a tragedy to lose such a kind soul at such an early age.
Take care,
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