Long-time Hyde Park resident Sandra McVicker Rosenfield passed away unexpectedly from fulminant pneumonia at 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, at her residence in Monticello, Ill. She was 78 years old.
Rosenfield was born on Feb. 13, 1937 in Normal, Ill., to Lewis and Alberta McVicker. She was a graduate of Bement High School and Northwestern University Nursing School. During her first marriage to Joseph E. Mohbat, Rosenfield moved to Washington, D.C. Her residence there spanned the time that her husband covered the Robert Kennedy presidential campaign for the Associated Press.
Rosenfield returned to Chicago and married Robert L. Rosenfield M.D. on April 14, 1973.
Rosenfield was a Registered Nurse. Her main professional interest was the hospice movement. She helped found the first hospice service on Chicago’s South Side (Meridian Hospice) in the days when hospice services were available only through volunteers, and she later staffed Chicago’s first in-patient hospice unit.
In retirement, Rosenfield, who was certified as a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, volunteered regularly with the East Central Illinois Master Naturalist program. She was active in Monticello environmental and quality of life issues. She was an avid reader and volunteered extensively to help the elderly, both in-home and at the Piatt County Nursing Home.
Rosenfield is survived by her husband, Robert L. Rosenfield, of Chicago and Monticello, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Medicine, the University of Chicago; children, Thomas J. Mohbat of Hilo, Hi, Benjamin L. Rosenfield of San Francisco, CA, Saul A. Rosenfield of Monticello; and grandchildren, Sofia Z. Rosenfield and Lilah Z. Rosenfield. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Rosenfield celebrated life and friends and believed in death with dignity.
A Memorial Reception was held at The Steeple Gallery, 102 E Lafayette St, Monticello on Friday, May 8. A celebration of life gathering will be scheduled in the future. Memorial donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Piatt County Nursing Home Foundation, Monticello, IL 61856 or the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com