Emil Mendel

American FlagEmil Mendel, age 87, of Brookfield. Korea Marine Corp Veteran. Died Friday, August 11. Beloved husband of Mildred “Millie” Mendel, nee Hustava; devoted father of Steven Mendel and Lisa (Jim) Sherwood, proud “papa” of Catherine, Kevin and Ellen; cousin to Mitzie (the late John) Oleksy of Long Grove, IL; uncle to many nieces, nephews and friends in Slovakia. Emil enjoyed bowling, fishing and golf, especially his fishing trips to Canada. He was proud of his vegetable garden and flowers. He was a member of the United Carpenters Union, Local 54 for over 50 years, having worked for 35 years at the Chicago Housing Authority. Member of the Slovak Athletic Association, Dobrovsky Club, and Westchester Masonic Lodge 995. Visitation Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Monday, August 14, 2017 from 9 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral Monday 9:30 A.M. to Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside, IL 60546. Service 10 A.M. Entombment Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials appreciated to Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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  1. Irene and Joe Tomaskovic condolence:

    Millie, we are so sorry that your Emil is gone. But not from our memory. As we believe, Emil is in the arms of Jesus. We hope the closeness of your family helps you through this time and beyond. God bless.


  2. Kimberley Miller condolence:

    Sending love and prayers to you. So sorry. I’ll be seeing you. Love, Kim


  3. Karen Sandstead condolence:

    I’m sorry to hear the news of your beloved father/grandfather. Maybe his wonderful memories always surround you. Thinking of you at this very sad time.


  4. Jim Kaiser condolence:

    Chrissy and I are very sorry to hear about Emil’s passing. He not only was my dad’s best friend, but he was my mentor and taught me a lot about construction and how to do things right. I will miss him dearly, but know that my dad up in heaven is reunited with his best friend.


  5. Mike Halston condolence:

    Steve,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. I am very sorry for your loss.
    -Mike


  6. Greg and Petra Schneider condolence:

    Millie, Steve and Lisa,
    We are so sorry about your loss. We have fond memories of Emil and the entire Mendel family. When we saw him last year at my dad’s wake, we reminded him how he and Millie gave us a Ryobi drill which we still use at our going away party in 1998! It seems like God is calling home all the great bowlers in Brookfield.

    You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

    Greg and Petra Schneider


  7. Daniel Davis condolence:

    Steve, what can I say? I’m sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man. I always enjoyed his company at the kitchen table when I stopped by.

    Dan Davis


  8. Audrey Ducay condolence:

    Dear Millie and Family:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how
    you feel. We both have to remember all of the wonderful years we had with our
    husbands. Take care and I will
    keep you in my prayers. May the Lord
    comfort you in your time of need.

    Audrey


  9. Pam Elliott condolence:

    Oh Steve,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. What a joy to have him with you for such a long time.

    Your and your family are in my prayers.
    Love,
    Pam Elliott


  10. Martin and Zuzana Zemberova condolence:

    Dear Millie, Steve, Lisa and family,

    Please accept our condolences in your deep sorrow

    from families Mendel, Mokrý and Žember from Prievidza and Trenčín, from children, grandchildren of brother Anton and their families.

    Uncle Emil will forever remain in our hearts and memories as a big, wholehearted and wise man, who kept managing to bind a big family together despite thousands of miles. His life is a big inspiration for us all. We will miss him, thanks for everything.

    You are in our thoughts.

    Milá teta Milli, Steve, Lisa s rodinou,

    prijmite úprimnú sústrasť vo vašom hlbokom smútku

    od rodín Žemberová, Mokrá a Mendelová z Prievidze a Trenčína, detí brata Antona a ich rodín.

    Strýco Emil ostane navždy v našich srdciach a spomienkach ako veľký, srdečný a múdry človek, ktorý dokázal aj napriek tisíckam kilometrov tmeliť veľkú rodinu. Jeho život je pre všetkých inšpiráciou. Bude nám chýbať, ďakujeme za všetko.


  11. Ellena Lambert (Acerra), Michael and Children condolence:

    Millie,
    Our condolences to you and your family. We were fortunate to have many memories of times that we spent with the whole family. Emil was a wonderful man and a very special friend to my father Dominic. The very cherished friendship that you had with my parents Mary and Dominic Acerra spans many, many years. We enjoyed seeing the all of you at all of the picnics that we enjoyed across from the Brookfield Zoo. We are praying for Emil and for all of you. We will miss Emil very much.

    Sincerely,
    Ellena Lambert (Acerra) and family


  12. Dee Miko condolence:

    Dear Millie and family-
    I was saddened to hear that your dear husband/father, Emil passed away. Please accept our sincere condolences. I will always remember Emil as the “potato pancake expert” and will cherish these memories. May God bless you and your family.


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