Obituaries

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November 2019

Andrew Packard '78
Thomas Aufmann '72
Janet Blohm Sander '60
Don Behrens '62
Michael LaBellarte '73

Andrew Packard - Class '78
Andrew Packard, loving husband and father and adored professor, passed away on September 30, 2019 at the age of 59. He died as he lived, surrounded by friends and family. Andy is survived by his wife Johanna, son Zachary, and his mother and sisters. Andy was born on July 7, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois, to Ann and Max Packard. He grew up in a large, loving family with his sisters Hilary, Betsy, Jean and Kathie. He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, followed by his Master's and Ph.D at U.C. Berkeley. He did post-doctoral work at Cal Tech. He was a faculty member at U.C. Santa Barbara before joining the faculty at U.C. Berkeley in 1990. Andy was a decorated professor, earning many awards including the Mechanical Engineering Department's best teaching award and the University's much-coveted Distinguished Teaching Award. He was recently awarded the prestigious Berkeley Citation, given to individuals whose contributions to UC Berkeley go beyond the call of duty and whose achievements exceed the standards of excellence in their fields. Andy is also recognized as a major early pioneer of robust control theory. He received numerous awards for his work in this area including the 1995 Eckman award for the most outstanding researcher (under 35) in automatic control and the 2005 IEEE Control Systems Technology award. He and colleagues, the late Gary Balas and Pete Seiler (who became his closest friends), wrote a comprehensive set of software tools (called the Robust Control Toolbox) for control system design. This toolbox, distributed by MathWorks, continues to be the standard worldwide, and is used by NASA, Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed, and many other leading companies. Universities all over the world have integrated his research results and software tools in their curricula. While Andy's contributions to the field were tremendous, he was known equally well for his unparalleled commitment to his students and to the profession of teaching. Whether it was lecturing to a class of 15 or 200, tutoring high school math to Zach and his friends, or advising a group of Ph.D students, Andy put all of his energy into the task. His colleagues joked about the large lines of students waiting their turn to see him during office hours, regardless of whether they were taking a class from him or not. Andy and his wife Johanna built community together around their family, friends, as well as students, staff and faculty. They host a monthly "Soup Night" at their home, which is frequented by colleagues, friends and neighbors alike. Andy enjoyed 5 mile runs through Berkeley with his dog, Nyack. He adored watching his son, Zach, play baseball and helping him with school projects and homework. He loved going to baseball games of any variety, whether it be Berkeley High, Cal or his beloved A's. In addition to his appreciation of conventional sports, he loved log-rolling, and dreamed to one day make it an Olympic sport. He appreciated all kinds of music; he loved playing the piano and jamming with like-minded friends. He appreciated stand up comedy and action movies, often cajoling his friends and family into watching some of his favorites. Andy was a driven professional, as well as a loving father and husband. When diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014, he remained dedicated to his family and to the University. He fought his illness daily, maintaining humor and courage throughout, even during his final months. We invite to join us as we celebrate his life Friday, November 15th, at 4:00 PM, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to The Sedman-Packard Scholarship, founded to support students transferring from junior college to UC Berkeley. Use the following link to donate online: engineering.berkeley.edu/packardfund

If you prefer to make a gift by check, please make your check payable to: UC Berkeley Foundation with the memo line: Sedman-Packard Scholarship and mail it to this address: Donor and Gift Services University of California, Berkeley 1995 University Avenue, Suite 400 Berkeley, CA 94704-1070

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Nov. 3, 2019

Thomas Aufmann - Class '72
Thomas M. Aufmann, 66, of Palatine, IL. Born August 11, 1953, passed away October 30, 2019. He is survived by his wife Kristin; children, Justin (Melissa), Zachary (April) and Stephanie; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Jake Alyvia and Avery; brother, James (Lois); grand dogs, Maddie, Aja, Zuko and Wrigley. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Pearl and siblings, Joe, Barbara and Dorothy. His friendship to so many was bigger than life. He was a life-long dedicated member of the Carpenters Local Union 839. Tom’s love for music, animals, theater, Costa Rica and the people who surrounded him every day will be in our memory and hearts forever. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.

Janet Blohm Sander - Class '60
Jan Sander, a long-time resident of White Rock, NM, passed away on October 18, 2019, of cancer. She was born Janet Lee Blohm in Chicago in 1942, but soon thereafter resided in Des Plaines, Illinois. Jan met her future husband, Oscar Sander, there playing "Kick the Can" in the street that separated their childhood homes. They dated in high school, enjoyed university life, were married in 1961, and spent 58 exciting, wonderful years totally in love with each other. They were a team and did everything together Before moving to New Mexico, Jan and her family moved 26 times. Jan took charge of these moves that started with Seattle, then the Bay area, Los Angeles, Argonne National and Brookhaven national laboratories, and interesting and challenging places such as Munich, Germany, and Geneva, Switzerland. Jan learned German and French, which enabled her not only to address the daily needs of a household and the children's education in foreign schools, but also to partake of the rich European culture and its spectacular sights and sounds. Among Jan's special memories of Germany was hiking to an alpine hütte and drinking good German beer while eating a sausage soup and a wonderful pastry while enjoying beautiful mountain scenery. She also enjoyed standing outside the Frauenkirche listening to the peal of its bells before entering the church to hear a fantastic choir, or strolling in the pedestrian zone to the classical music of a street-side small orchestra In 1977 the Sanders moved to White Rock, where Oscar worked at the Lab and Jan raised the children. Once they reached high school, Jan also joined the Lab. Jan, ever a stickler for detail, planned the visits of foreign scientists who came to the Lab to learn how to manage their nuclear material. Jan and Oscar retired in 1999 after rewarding careers that included many opportunities for travel to interesting countries. Jan and Oscar lived a full and busy life, even while working full time. They often spent weekends in their pop-up trailer camping in northern New Mexico or southern Colorado. Upon their retirement, they traveled in their new fifth wheel through much of the midwest and west before settling on spending several months each summer on Whidbey Island near Seattle. They were often camp hosts and enjoyed meeting people wherever they went. Jan loved to entertain, and an invitation to one of her intimate dinner parties was always a special occasion. In addition to cooking, outdoor activities were Jan's joy. She was an avid hiker, cross-country skier, and bicycle rider. The couple enjoyed exploring Puget Sound in their double kayak and fly-fishing the San Juan River. Jan loved to travel, especially with extended family and friends, and managed to visit 25 countries. For local friends Jan organized Bike and Barge Tours in the Netherlands. She loved going to the California wine country with side trips to hike at Point Reyes and in the Redwoods. Family came first for Jan, and she was a warm and loving person to friends as well. She loved taking her grandsons on Road Scholar Intergenerational trips. She was spirited and adventurous with an infectious laugh and beautiful smile. She volunteered at her children's schools, the senior centers, and at the United Church Thrift Store. Her gourmet meals were a popular item in the United Church Mexico Mission Auction. She was a long-time choir member. Jan endured a difficult battle with cancer for two and a half years and never complained. She packed a lot of living into that time and was bike riding 30-plus miles per day in Europe one month after a second chemo session. Her family and friends surrounded her in her final weeks. Her little dog, Higgins, rarely left her side. Jan was predeceased by her son Todd Sander, parents Oscar and Olga Blohm, and sister Dawn Madsen. She is survived by her husband, Oscar; daughter, Julie Bucknam, and husband Brian; daughter-in-law, Brenda Sander; and grandsons, Travis and Austin. Jan's family wishes to thank the many thoughtful friends and relatives for the expressions of love and support given to Jan, the comforting words, the cards, the visits, and the delicious meals. A memorial will occur at the Los Alamos United Church after the first of next year.

Don Behrens - Class '62
Don was loving husband to Marguerite and proud father of Craig (Chrissie), Dennis (Tracy), Rob, Kristy (Brian) and Alex (Lynn). He was grandfather to Hailey, Hunter, Frankie, Derek, Rachel, Ava, Madison and Chloe. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda. Don was born September 14, 1944 to Ruth Wagner and Arnold Behrens. He grew up in Des Plaines, IL as brother to Arlene, Nancy, Roger (dec.), Lloyd, David and Geno. Don is an Army veteran who spent time in the service from 1965 to 1971. After his service to his country, Don became a pipefitter and joined local union 597. He retired at age 62 and spent a happy retirement doing the things he loved best: gardening, spending time with his family, taking road trips, betting against the Bears with his brother Geno, and generally giving everyone a hard time. Don was loved by all who knew him, and his humor and stubbornness will be dearly missed. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 17 from 3-7pm at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, 330 West Golf Road, Schaumburg IL. Don will lie in state on Monday, November 18 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 202 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg IL from 9:30am until the time of service at 10:30am. Interment will be at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Cemetery, Palatine IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Hospice Services, St. Peter Lutheran Church, or a charity of the giver’s choice.

Michael LaBellarte - Class '73
Michael Thomas LaBbellarte, 64 of Shannon, died, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, unexpectedly. Mike was born on February 4th, 1955 at St. Ann's hospital in Chicago, IL. he is the son of Thomas and Phyllis (Anderson) Labellarte. Mike married Marla Muldoon on February 14, 1988. She died on February 4, 2001. Mike worked for Mark controls, in Evanston, IL. He later went on to own Business Efficiency Aids, Inc in Skokie, IL; and Arte Graphics in Des Plaines. For the last 20 years after meeting Debbie he lived in the Shannon area on a farm planting grapevines and harvesting grapes, making wine, hay,raising animals and making amazing memories. Mike was a caregiver foremost taking care of his wife when she became ill with Multiple sclerosis and took special care of Ashley Leary for the past 19 years. Mike enjoyed the outdoors and his 1988 Jamboree motorhome, camping, fishing. Motorcycling was a passion. He went on many cross country rides with his VROC Kawasaki motorcycle group. He loved CB and Ham radios and loved to see how far away he could broadcast. Mike also liked hunting and had recently taken up bow hunting. He loved his old red IH tractor. He had a passion for the 2nd amendment and loved his rifles, revolvers and shooting with precision. Mike loved his dog Cooper. Survived by his son, Thomas Michael Labellarte; significant other, Debbie Hahn and her daughter, Ashley Learymother; parents, Thomas and Phyllis Labellarte; sisters, Tina Labellarte, her children Ken Heinz and Jessica Wunder; sister, Janice Beady (Marty) her children Danielle Patel (Jason); brother, John Labellarte (Sharon) and their children, Gina, Joe and Dominick Labellarte. Visitation will be 3:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Wednesday November 20, 2019 at Burke-Tubbs, Freeport. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his memory. Please sign Michael's guestbook and share a memory at www.burketubbs.com.

Published in The Journal-Standard from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19, 2019