Rolf Grieg Pederson, age 91, of Elgin, passed away at home on December 25, 2021. He was born January 14, 1930 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Rolf and Columbia (née Piccard) Pederson.

Grieg graduated from Lindblom High School in Chicago, IL. He served as an airplane mechanic in the United States Army for three years, and also in the United States Air Force for a year, serving during the Korean War. He earned two Bronze Service Stars, as well as the United Nationals Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Citation.

Grieg continued to use his mechanic skills working as a Building Maintenance Engineer at O’Hare Airport for 41 years.

Grieg’s sister, Madelyn, introduced him to Marie Narcarti, and they were married for 64 wonderful years prior to her passing in October, 2020.

Grieg was a family man to the core; a beloved husband to Marie, and a wonderful father to their two children, Pam and Ken. He had a strong work ethic, and loved to build things. He was always on the go, and enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling, especially to other countries.

Grieg was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie R. Pederson; and sister, Madelyn Nelson. He is survived by his children, Pam (Gabriel) Jaramillo and Ken (Dawn) Pederson; and grandchildren, Valerie, Jaramillo, Jocelyn (Kody) Anderson, Alec Pederson, and Jenna Pederson.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 9:00pm Thursday, January 6, 2021, and funeral service will be 11:00am, Friday, January 7, 2021, at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Rev. Fr. Chris Kuhn will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

Interment with full military honors to follow at River Valley Memorial Gardens, 14N689 Route 31, West Dundee, IL 60118.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

3 Replies to “Rolf Grieg Pederson”

  1. Wonderful neighbor!

  2. To the families of Grieg, we are so sorry for your loss. Grieg was a great and helpful neighbor to us, as was Marie, his wife. He helped install additional cabinets in our kitchen when we moved in, and also installed our garage screen door. He will be missed on Deer Run Lane!

  3. Al and Donna, thank you for the kind words.
    My dad enjoyed helping his neighbors, especially if it was anything to do with woodworking. Thank you for sharing your memories and appreciating his work.
    Sincerely, Ken Pederson.

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