VALPARAISO, IN. - Arvid F. "Gus" Sponberg, 68, of Valparaiso passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at his home. He was born November 8, 1944 in Minneapolis, MN to Harold & Grace Sponberg. Gus had taught in the English Department at Valparaiso University since 1972 where he was active in multiple aspects of university life.
His publications included two books: Broadway Talks: What Professionals Think About Commercial Theater in America, and A.R. Gurney: A Casebook. He also researched the rise of nonprofit professional theater in Chicago with the creation of the Chicago Theater History Project. The first ever symposium devoted solely to the history of Chicago theater, Sustaining Theater: Past, Present, Future, occurred in May of 2011.
Renown for his humorous, insightful, and gracious personality, it never found more apt outlets than in his classrooms, with his family, and with his friends and colleagues.
He found as much joy vacationing every summer in Marquette, MI, located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior. Gus's spirit found infinite comfort and peace in the mysteries of the Lutheran faith and family.
On August 5, 1972 he married Bonnie Bowsman who survives along with their children; John Sponberg of Crown Point, Erica Sponberg of Valparaiso, siblings; Mary (John) Pedley of Ann Arbor, Mi, Eric (Arliss Ryan) Sponberg of St. Augustine, Fl., Ingrid (William) Stafford of Evanston, IL. and Karl (Barbara Quick) Sponberg of Bellingham, WA.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Following cremation, a funeral service will be held Saturday 11:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 Campbell St., Valparaiso, with visitation from 9-11 am and a luncheon at 12 pm. Additionally, a memorial service will be held on November 8, Gus's birthday. Details to follow.