Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL


Robert E Griefnow

October 15, 1947July 29, 2020

Robert E. Griefnow, 72 lifetime resident of Cicero was born in Berwyn Illinois to the late Elmer and Georgianna Griefnow and passed away July 29, 2020 peacefully with his beloved husband Lance Tines by his side. Dear brother of Beverly (Ralph) Solomon; fond uncle of Daniel (Sandra) Solomon and Linda Solomon. Robert was a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, where he retired. He was also very good with his hands and loved to play the old player piano. This must have been where he discovered his love for antiques, and classical music. Founding member of the West Suburban SAGE as well as serving on the board of directors for the West Suburban Senior Services out of Bellwood, IL. A visitation will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home on Wednesday August 5, 2020 from 12pm-1pm when services will start. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. For more information or questions please visit www.woodlawnchicago.com or call 708-442-8500.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Woodlawn Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.


5 August


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Woodlawn Funeral Home

7750 West Cermak Road
Forest Park, IL 60130

5 August

Funeral Service

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Woodlawn Funeral Home

7750 West Cermak Road
Forest Park, IL 60130

5 August

Committal Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Woodlawn memorial Park

7750 West Cermak Road
Forest Park, IL 60130


Robert E Griefnow

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Don Hinkle

August 3, 2020

I never knew who Scott Joplin or rag time was until Mr. Griefnow started playing some of his music one day. We were all into the radio music at the time (BTO, Gary Wright, Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney and Wings, etc.) and he made it very clear that there was other kinds of music other than what "that narrow selection of top 10 music that the radio has to offer." From there I found a world of music I had never known. Jazz, soul, blues, etc. From Mr. Dominic Morris I learned about classical and from Robert Mr. Griefnow I learned about everything else.

Mr. Griefnow was a teacher in every sense of the word. He was the kind of teacher that wanted to teach and expand young minds, not merely collect a paycheck, like so many others of that era. That was evident in everything he did. There will never be another one like him. My generation stands on the shoulders of his teachings and his incredible ability to make kids want to learn!

Norma Perales

August 3, 2020

Mr . Griefnow was the one that inspired me to play the piano. He was not only the best teacher in Joseph E Gary School but the coolest back in the mid 70’s. Every school kid new who Mr. Griefnow was a teacher but also, a friend always guided us to the right path. Thank you for being a true teacher wish we had more like you. May you Rest In Peace.
Norma Perales

Michelle Vazquez

August 3, 2020

Mr. Griefnow was one of the best teachers I can remember from Joseph E. Gary, I arrived at Gary almost half way thru the year, I had been moved around so many times at so many different schools. His singing and playing the piano was the best, I dreaded school in my younger age but would love it when I came to school for his class time would fly by so fast. He was one of two teachers I had in school who would see that sometimes I was down, he always cheered me up every time he would see me in the hallways he would ask how I was doing that day.... He was an awesome teacher and person he will be missed.
My condolences to his family. Fly High In Paradise Mr. Griefnow

Martha Daniels

August 3, 2020

I met Bob through SAGE, although he and Lance also attended Holy Covenant MCC from time to time. For the first couple of years I attended SAGE, Bob was my contact for lunch reservations. Bob was unfailingly kind and welcoming, always with a smile and an inquiry about how I was doing. Our conversations were always interesting and I usually learned something! From the memories posted here, and from my conversations with others, it is clear Bob will be sorely missed. Lance and family, we grieve with you. May you be comforted by the knowledge that so many people cared for Bob and will be thinking of you and holding you in prayer and thought.

Debra Ramos

August 3, 2020

Mr. Griefnow was the first teacher I had at Gary school in the mid 70's. I believe it was the 74/75 school year. I remember creative writing: "What if you were the last tissue in the box? " Singing while he played the piano, two of my favorites were LAST KISS, and LOCOMOTION. He taught us calligraphy. Those were the fun times, of course he also taught the traditional classes. Room A all the way! My class must have been one of his first classes. I regret never letting him know how truly special he was. Rest in Paradise, Play in Paradise Mr Griefnow. Prayers and love to his family who now have to live without his physical body.

Philip Darling

August 2, 2020

Dear Lance:

I am so sorry to learn of Robert’s passing. He was a real gentleman the few times I met him at church.
My prayers and thoughts are with you now and always. Please let me know how you are and if there is anything I can do.

Your friend,

Daniel Anido

August 1, 2020

I met Bob and Lance on Thanksgiving day in 2012, he was a gentle soul and always looked on the positive side of things. I would sometimes talk for a long time on the phone with him, he was so easy to converse with, I will miss him so much as I am sure everyone who knew him will also. I hope someday to see him again. My condolences to Lance and the Solomon Family.

Jesse Lopez

July 31, 2020

Mr. Griefnow was one of my teachers when I was a student at Joseph E. Gary Elementary. He was always thorough with his approach and he was able to find the right balance between being patient while also challenging his students to fulfill their potential. He was a tremendous pianist and he made music part of his classroom routine which brought a lot of joy to his students. These are just a few of the many outstanding traits he displayed on a daily basis.

Mr. Griefnow was truly an exceptional person. God bless him and may he rest in peace.

Maria Tovar

July 31, 2020

Mr Griefnow was an amazing teacher I will forever remember him especially on these hot summer days. When we were in school during the summer he would always tell us "Think that you're in a nice cool place like the beach"
Rest in Paradise🙏❤

Laura Cronin

July 31, 2020

My condolences to Lance and Bob’s family. I will always remember Bob as a gentle soul who loved playing music and sharing his ability to make so many wonderful craft pieces. Bob was always ready to help out whatever the need be. We will miss his being at SAGE which he was with us in it’s founding beginning. May you rest in piece Bob now the pain is gone. We will meet again another day.


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