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'Why me? Why not me?' pancreatic cancer patient Curt Ehrenstrom says his Oak Lawn home. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

"Why me? Why not me?" pancreatic cancer patient Curt Ehrenstrom says in his Oak Lawn home. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 17, 2014 2:13PM



Arrangements are set for Curt Ehrenstrom, of Oak Lawn, the Mount Carmel High School physics teacher and football coach who died Monday after a year-long bout with pancreatic cancer.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Carmel Convocation Center, 6410 S. Dante Ave., Chicago. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in the convocation center.

Ironically, that’s where Ehrenstrom, 53, was celebrated just over a year ago after he won the Golden Apple Award given to the top teachers in the state.

In a posting Wednesday on the Mount Carmel website, the Rev. Tony Mazurkiewicz, the school’s president, said Ehrenstrom, a 1979 graduate fondly called “Coach E” by many, “will be greatly missed as he has touched so many lives in the past 30 years here at Mount Carmel as an educator, mentor, coach, colleague and friend.”

“Please join me in praying for all in our community who are experiencing pain and sadness as a result of this loss. We also continue to pray for the comfort of the entire Ehrenstrom family” Mazurkiewicz wrote.



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