Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA


Eren Sean Guendelsberger

October 12, 1995December 26, 2017

Eren Sean Guendelsberger passed away on December 26, 2017, at his home in Mountain View, California. Eren was born on October 12, 1995, in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and attended Kenmore Middle School and H-B Woodlawn High School. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio where he majored in Computer Science. After graduation he worked for Google in Mountain View as a software engineer.

Eren had a passion for music. He studied piano and voice with James Selway and Sondra Harnes. He participated in a number of stage productions under their direction, including The Mikado, as KoKo, and Iolanthe, as Strephon. As a member of the Opera Ensemble of the World Children’s Choir (WCC), he sang in Carmen with Denyce Graves and the National Symphony Orchestra, and in a Disney Gala with Julie Andrews. He also sang at the White House for President Bush and for First Lady Michelle Obama and Kim Yoon-ok, First Lady of Korea. Through music Eren celebrated cultural diversity and promoted a peaceful, healthful world for everyone. At H-B Woodlawn, Eren sang with the Chamber Singers and the Men’s Choir and played piano in the jazz band and violin in the orchestra. Along with music, Eren was fascinated by artificial intelligence and computer science. He worked as a Tech Cadre volunteer with the school’s IT department for four years and helped design and implement the H-B Woodlawn website.

Eren loved Oberlin. He excelled at his classes, and helped other students by tutoring, mentoring, and organizing computer science interview workshops. He sang with the Collegium Musicum and the Oberlin Musical Union. Eren completed summer software engineering internships at the Federal Communications Commission, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Google. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Oberlin College Chapter. In May 2017, Eren was honored with the R.J. Thomas Award for Outstanding Computer Science Graduate.

Eren had incredible perseverance and strong core values. When he set a goal, he sought perfection. Eren was always kind and helpful to those around him. He had a sensitive soul and had deep empathy and concern for those who were suffering or in need. He will be lovingly remembered for his extraordinary gifts, and as a very special person. Eren is survived by his parents, John and Nese Boztepe Guendelsberger, his grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Memorial Service: A memorial service for Eren will be held on Sunday, February 11, at 3:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia.

Scholarship Fund: In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that gifts be made to the Eren Guendelsberger ’17 Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science at Oberlin College. Checks, designated for the Eren Guendelsberger Scholarship Fund, can be sent to: Oberlin College, Attn. Development Resources, 50 W. Lorain St., Oberlin OH 44074. To give online, go to oberlin.edu/giving/ and click on the "DONATE" button. Fields are available on the form for designating your gift to the Eren Guendelsberger Scholarship Fund in Eren’s memory.


  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, January 5, 2018

  • Memorial Celebration

    Sunday, February 11, 2018


Eren Sean Guendelsberger

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Hatice Tarci

February 19, 2018

You have my heartfelt and deepest sympathy for the unimaginable loss of your son, Eren.Please know you and he and your entire family are in our prayers.May his spirit be with you always.With love, Hatice,Ali,Seyma & Yigit.

Josh A.

February 2, 2018

I was so sad to hear about Eren. I am heartbroken for you and your family.

Julie Egy and Alex St. Clair

January 25, 2018

We cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Lory Rosenberg

January 17, 2018

My deepest, heartfelt sympathies at the tragic loss of Eren. May his spirit be with you always.

Mary B. White

January 15, 2018

Dear John,
I am keeping you and your family close in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

Paul & Cathy Schmidt

January 12, 2018

Words can't express the sorrow Cathy and I felt on hearing of Eren's death. You are in our thoughts, John & Nese.
Paul & Cathy Schmidt
Alexandria, VA

Brett Burton

January 11, 2018


Wishing you and your family the best in this difficult time. Wow - Eren led an amazing life.

Jacqueline Chase

January 10, 2018

Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

smail Erten

January 10, 2018

Sevgili nee, Eren i kaybettiinizi duyduk... acnz eim Emine ile çanakkaleden paylayoruz..: sral olmayan ölümlerin en çok ac verdiinin bilinciyle sana ve eine sabrlar diliyoruz... müthi çocuk Eren in yldzlarla bulumas hepimizi çok üzdü..:

Joanne & Jamie Leonard

January 10, 2018

Dear John and Nese:
We are heartsick at your loss. You raised a wonderful young man, resplendent with gifts and kind of heart. No words suffice. Our heartfelt love to you both.