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Marian R. Sanfilippo March 25, 1935 December 3, 2023

Marian R. Sanfilippo | March 25, 1935 ~ December 3, 2023

By Christopher Placek | Daily Herald

Marian Sanfilippo, who with her husband helped nonprofit organizations raise millions of dollars by hosting fundraisers at their famed Barrington Hills estate, has died.

She passed away peacefully at her home Sunday at the age of 88, according to her obituary.

Sanfilippo supported her husband Jasper’s passion for collecting mechanical music machines and vintage steam engines — a collection that grew over the years and led them to construct several additions to showcase it all.

The philanthropists established a family foundation in 2007 to help preserve the artifacts and manage dozens of charitable events held there every year.

Women’s and children’s organizations were among the first recipients of the couple’s generosity, including the Michael Joseph Foundation, Arden Shore, and their parish, Saint Anne Catholic Community in Barrington. Gradually, they expanded their vision to include charities that also benefitted the arts.

“My parents’ passion was supporting women and children, but they came to see the arts as just as important,” their son, Jeffrey Sanfilippo, told the Daily Herald after his father’s death in January 2020. “They realized they could educate people about these beautiful instruments and help them learn more about them.”

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A tribute to Mrs. Sanfilippo has been posted to the Sanfilippo Foundation Facebook page, and her obituary can be found here.

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Members of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s brass and percussion sections will present a free concert at St. Anne Catholic Community, 120 Ela Street, Barrington, on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.

ESO Music Director Chad Goodman will conduct this family-friendly program featuring festive holiday music, which is sponsored by the Francis J. & Patricia A. Houlihan Foundation and Motor Werks.

No tickets are required. RSVPs are optional at www.elginsymphony.org.

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