I'd like to thank everyone for leaving such lovely tributes and memories. It's clear to see that my husband was a well-loved and multifaceted human being, and I was fortunate to have known most of th...

Jonathan Joseph Toerber Jr.

January 4, 1957October 3, 2020

Jonathan Joseph Toerber Jr., a retired Quantitative Systems Analyst and life-long resident of Chicago, IL, died at home on October 3, 2020 at the age of 63.

Jonathan is survived by his wife, Melissa Toerber (nee Jarosh); his sister, Charlotte Toerber; and his stepsons, Elliot and David (Brittany Mitchell) DeVries.

Jonathan, son of the late Jonathan Joseph Toerber and the late Thekla Schiefferer Toerber, was born January 4, 1957 in Shields Township, Illinois. He was a graduate of William Howard Taft High School and Northeastern Illinois University and worked as a Systems Analyst at Harris Bank for more than 20 years, before becoming a founding member of PNC Capital Advisors, where he worked for more than 15 years. He married Melissa, a kindred spirit, on May 28, 2004.

A memorial will be planned for such time as circumstances will allow.


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Kenneth Kwasnik

October 17, 2020

This photo was the "Tuff Side" of BINGE CORPS clearly kickin' BIG-ASS with the crowd!!!

Akash Goyal

October 16, 2020

I only had the privilege of working with JT for two years but he was easily one of my favorite co-workers that I’ve ever had. He’d constantly crack funny inappropriate jokes, laugh at my bad jokes, complain about the systems guys, and recite hilarious passages from the gospel of Veronica. He’d get irrationally excited about creating a small update in his FATS program and would get shocked when I wouldn’t understand any of his pre-1993 references. Whenever I’d want to go grab lunch or coffee, I could always pop over to his office room and he’d respond almost 100% of the time with an enthusiastic “sure…”. JT’s infectious attitude and sense of humor was one of the reasons I looked forward to going to work every day at PNC.

JT helped me get my career started in computer programming, but he also taught me how to navigate my way through life. Grab as much as you can for as long as you can. Get to the weekend with the minimal amount of grief. Ears open mouth shut. You only make your money on the way in, kid. Never forget who brought you to the dance. I didn’t hear nothing, I didn’t see nothing, I didn’t say nothing. Marriage is a fine institution.

They seemed like jokes at the time but these lessons have popped up time after time over the years.

JT, I’m sad you’re gone and I’ll miss you a lot, but I know somewhere up there that you’re eating like a pig and drinking like a fish and that gives me some joy. Rest in Peace

Janet Sarvady

October 9, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Jon’s passing. We were in Band together, a great group of friends were made
from 71-75.
So many fun times, too many to mention thru the years we were at Taft High School......
A beautiful guardian Angel,
Rest in Peace Jon, until we all meet again........

Colleen Flannery

October 9, 2020

I only had the privilege of working with Jonny for 4 years and in that time he taught me enough lessons to guide a lifetime. He would laugh at that statement, but all who knew him would agree that every joke, memory, or song he uttered ultimately had meaning. JT taught me not to take things too seriously and to seriously love the people around you. He showed me the importance of partnership in his love for his wife, Melissa. Everyday at 2:45 he would almost brag about how happy he was to be going home to the love of his life. He taught me that you're only late if the boss notices and "ears open, mouth shut." Thanks Jonny - you are deeply missed.

Paul Kleinaitis

October 8, 2020

I worked with JT at both Harris and PNC. He was a capable, talented, hard working, even-tempered yet incredibly funny man. I relished his quick wit. Some of his most memorable comments for me came as he was able to distill some of life's lessons into original yet simple rules to live by. After hearing his first few "lessons," I began recording them and accumulated ten classics over the course of 19 years. I found them valuable. I trust you will too.

Ten Commandments of Osgood* as proclaimed by the Prophet Jonathan Toerber.
1. Grab as much as you can for as long as you can.
2. Get to the weekend with the minimum possible amount of grief.
3. If you want it, you need to take it. I'm not giving it to you.
4. Winners always change the rules.
5. Enjoy life today because it ain't getting better.
6. Ears open. Mouth shut.
7. Volunteering is for chumps.
8. Younger. Lighter.
9. Only poor people think they have enough money.
10. It's always good in the beginning.

* JT watched CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood; he called himself a follower of the "Church of Osgood." For mock gravitas he would preface the commandment with, "In the Church of Osgood... we believe volunteering is for chumps," for example.

He was one of a kind and I will miss him!

Hitesh C Patel

October 8, 2020

Jonathan was with me for 23+ years, always JT.
JT was popular for Hawaiian shirts from Cinco de Mayo to Labor day.
Creator of Greinarian Calendar, FATs, and The Kramanator.
Hundreds of meals and thousands of coffee together.
Pope of Osgood, we will miss you beyond words.
You will be in my heart forever.

Elliot deVries

October 7, 2020

Jon was an original, and no one that met him could possibly forget him. I will always owe him a great debt of gratitude for all the help and generosity he offered my brother and I over the years— and far beyond that for all the love and joy he brought my mother. May he rest in peace, under the shade of our living memories.

David DeVries

October 7, 2020

I can't begin to say how lucky I was to have Jon marry my mother and become a part of our family. He took care of us, and no one was ever more welcoming or generous. I will miss his presence, his jokes, his music, and everything he was to us.

Brittany Mitchell

October 7, 2020

Jon was such a warm, generous spirit, and I always felt lucky to have him as my Father in Law. I'll miss the look on his face whenever he told a really great joke (which was always). Thank you for loving us so much, I'm eternally grateful for you.

KG Harriss

October 7, 2020

SPLAT-MASTER ... too young baby, too young.



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