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Helga Sandburg Crile, 95, daughter of Nobel winner Carl Sandburg

HelgSandburg Crile |  Sun-Times library

Helga Sandburg Crile | Sun-Times library

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Updated: March 3, 2014 1:56PM

CLEVELAND — Helga Sandburg Crile, an author and the youngest of three daughters of poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, has died at her home near Cleveland. She was 95.

The Fioritto Funeral Service said Ms. Crile died at her Cleveland Heights home on Sunday night. Her family said she had been in failing health.

Ms. Crile published 17 books, including novels, memoirs and poetry. In a 1989 review in the Sun-Times of Helga Sandburg’s book “Where Love Begins,” an anecdotal family story about her father, reviewer Christopher G. Janus wrote, “Helga’s book doesn’t pretend to be any kind of scholarly treatise, but she succeeds in helping the reader fathom Sandburg as husband, father, celebratory writer and troubadour-about-town.”

Ms. Crile also typed manuscripts for her Pulitzer Prize-winning father, who dedicated several books to her and wrote poems in her honor.

Her survivors include a son, a daughter and two stepdaughters. The funeral home said a memorial service will be held in the spring.


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