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George J. Gonwa

Posted By Hitzeman Funeral Home On January 22, 2015 @ 12:46 pm In Obituary | 14 Comments

American FlagGeorge J. Gonwa, age 89 of Lombard, WWII Navy Veteran. Graduate of Austin High School, Chicago 1941, B.S. Civil Engineering Northwestern University, Civil Engineer, Project Manager Ragnar Benson, Lester B. Knight, Gust K. Newburg, Tennis Competitor to age 80. Beloved husband of the late Darline R. Gonwa, nee Sears; fond father of Thomas A. (Mary Alice Westrick M.D.) Gonwa, M.D., Ruth M. (Mike) Hanratty, Charles J. (Grace) Gonwa, Steven G. (Terry) Gonwa, Mary S. Boylan, Richard J. (Marianne) Gonwa, Paul A. (Wilkie Engle) Gonwa, David J. Gonwa and the late Robert H. Gonwa; dear grandfather of 15; great grandfather of three; dear brother of Phyllis (the late Wally) Zea, Edward (Judith Frank) Gonwa, Betty (Paul) Kelley, the late Joseph (Gertrude) Gonwa and Mary Therese (Bob) Einwick. Will Lie in State, Monday, January 26, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Church, corner of Ogden Ave. and Spring Ave., La Grange, IL from 10 A.M. to Time of Mass 11 A.M. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. In lieu of flowers memorials appreciated to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

Condolences for the family of “George J. Gonwa”

Condolence from Charlie Lavin on January 22nd, 2015 4:08 pm


Sorry for the loss of your father. You and your family will be in my prayers.


Condolence from Joe Kregor on January 22nd, 2015 6:47 pm

If the world were made of people like George Gonwa,
what a wonderful world it would be.

My truest sympathies to the family. Darline and George together again.
Rest now, in peace.

Condolence from Thomas Horstmann on January 22nd, 2015 7:02 pm

Sorry to read about your father. Sounded like a great father. You are blessed to have had him so long – my dad died when I was 32. Sympathies to you and Terry.
Tom and Nancy

Condolence from Katie DaLuga on January 22nd, 2015 8:10 pm

Dear Grace and Chuck,

I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you both and I am sending hugs and prayers your way.


Condolence from Maureen Rooney on January 23rd, 2015 7:31 am

Mary sorry for the loss of your father. My dad passed away like yours at 89 this past October–he did live a full life with lots of grand/great children–I am sure your father too experienced great joy in his life. My prayers are with you and your family–Maureen

Condolence from Kevin Rooney on January 23rd, 2015 11:52 am

Tom & Gonwa family,
My condolences and prayers to you and yours on your father’s passing. He like my parents, was one of the “greatest generation”! Great memories from SFX, scouting, card games at your house, Swimming, Fenwick HS, etc.. The best to you.
Kevin Rooney
Charleston, SC.

Condolence from Rich Duft on January 23rd, 2015 3:00 pm

Jane & I want to offer our condolences and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Rich & Jane Duft

Condolence from Hani M Wadei and family. on January 23rd, 2015 4:20 pm

Dear Tom,
We are sorry for the loss of your father. May God be with you in this difficult time.
My condolences.
Hani Wadei and family

Condolence from Larry and Stella Griminger on January 24th, 2015 3:06 pm

So sorry to learn of the loss of your father. Please accept our prayers and condolences.

Condolence from Reg sand Judy Willis on January 24th, 2015 6:41 pm


Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Ruth & Hank Steinbrecher on January 25th, 2015 1:24 pm

Dear Mary,

We are sad to hear of the loss of your Father, and will remember seeing you with him and your Mother at the Memorial Day services at Lake Ellyn. You are in our prayers.

Ruth Anne & Hank

Condolence from Elizabeth Gordon Reznikoff on January 25th, 2015 5:37 pm

Tom and Mary Alice,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Tom’s father. Think of you and your family often.

Condolence from Ann Serafin on January 26th, 2015 6:18 pm

Mary, I just learned of the loss of your dad by seeing it on Facebook this evening, so I missed the opportunity to offer my condolences in person at St. Francis today!
My heart goes out to you and your family. Much love.

Condolence from Bob & Naomi Feltz on January 27th, 2015 3:38 pm

Tom and the entire Gonwa Family,
Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Bob and Naomi

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