Brian Bakalich

Brian Bakalich

Flag SMBrian Bakalich, age 58, of La Grange Park.  Army Veteran. Beloved husband of Sandra Bakalich, nee Joyce; devoted father of Alexandra Bakalich and Rachel Bakalich; loving son of Ruth Bakalich, nee Feddern and the late Lawrence Bakalich; dear brother of Bruce Bakalich and Craig Bakalich; son in law of Rozanne Blair and the late Warren “Bud” Joyce, Jr.; brother in law of Jeannine (Jacques) Fleurant, Jennifer Joyce, Kevin (Jennifer) Joyce, Christopher (Kelly) Joyce and the late Warren Joyce III; uncle of Brendon, Olivia, Collin, Gavin and Jaxon Joyce; friend to many.

Brian lived a life of service, retiring with over 32 years on the Bellwood Police Department.

Visitation Monday, May 10, 2021 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd.  9445 W. 31stStreet, Brookfield.

Current Covid regulations allow for a maximum of 50 people in the funeral home at a time. Face coverings are required, the lounge facilities are closed, outside food or beverages are not allowed at this time. All are asked to pay their respects/condolences to the Bakalich family, please be cognitive of others waiting to do the same.

Funeral Tuesday 9:30 A.M. to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park. Mass 10 A.M.
All wishing to attend Mass need to register at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4daead2aa4f5ce9-brian.  100 guests maximum will be allowed to attend Mass. Please pre-register to confirm your attendance. Sign up will close on Monday at 3 P.M. Walk-ins will be welcome on a space limited basis.

Interment Queen of Heaven, Hillside.

Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

For those of you that would like to express your condolences to the family, please click on the link below and you can leave the family a message. If you wish to send a Sympathy Card to the Family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o the Brian Bakalich Family. We will gladly forward it on to the Family.

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  1. Chandra IvyJordan condolence:

    My sincere condolences to the family & Bellwood PD family! I worked with Brian for 10 years, so sorry for your loss
    Chandra-


  2. Juan Anderson condolence:

    My friend and co-worker for 20 years. A true servant and asset to society. A lover of history and trivia, we had many great debates. Our conversations always inevitably ended with his resolve to ultimately be prepared to meet his Savior. He was a class act in my book and his presence will be greatly missed.


  3. Jim Glosniak condolence:

    I’m a retired Hillside PD officer, who had the priviledge of knowing and working with Brian when I was on the job. He was not only a great policeman, but also a great person. I’m proud to be able to have called him a friend. The highest compliment I could pay him is to say if I called for a back-up, and Brian arrived, I knew the situation was “in hand”. My deepest sympathies to family.


  4. Jason Williams condolence:

    Sending my love to the family. Please know that you will always remain apart of the Bellwood PD family. I worked with Brian for 21 years and enjoyed many good times with him. He will be truly missed.


  5. Bernadette Bittolo condolence:

    I work with Jeannine and she always spoke so highly of Brian a fun loving family man . I am so sorry for your loss my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time


  6. Bob and Kathy Frascone condolence:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Brian. I have nothing but good memories of him. He had a good heart and was a very intelligent, courageous officer. I remember one time backing him on a “shots fired” call. By the time I got there, he (by himself) had everyone in custody, no one got hurt and we recovered the weapon. It was perfect. And with his sense of humor, he was always a lot of fun to be around. I know the kind of man he was. He was a great dad and husband. Our deepest sympathies to his family.


  7. Fred Kirschbaum condolence:

    My friend since the 3rd grade. I will miss you.


  8. Glenn Allen condolence:

    Condolence to the Bakalich family Bellwood public works department service his vehicle weekly to make sure running in top condition


  9. Katherine Passarello condolence:

    My most sincere condolences to the Bakalich family specially to his daughter Alex Sending hugs and May God give you the family’s the strength to overcome such a great loss


  10. alison damore bihun condolence:

    So very sorry to read this…thoughts and prayers to all of the family! Passing over supportive thoughts and prayers!


  11. Charles &lena Moreland condolence:

    My deepest heartfelt condolences are with you and your family.

    Charles Moreland and family


  12. Taushonia White-Taylor condolence:

    My deepest condolences on the lost of your husband. I pray that GOD covers you and gives you the strength you need.


  13. chester janich condolence:

    our deepesst sympathy to your family mike and sally janich and chester janich


  14. Domenic Conversa condolence:

    My sincere Condolences to the Bakalich family.
    Brian was a good man.


  15. Jeanette Johnson condolence:

    My sincere condolences to Brian’s family, friends and his Bellwood P.D., extended family members.
    Brian will always be remembered for having all sorts of conversations. We became brother & sister from clearly different sets of parents. He would always say “they would be proud of who we’ve become, like family and all”. Then we’d laugh about it! What a laugh!
    Brian my little brother, well we did keep our promise, we got together for lunch after I retired and stayed in touch after he retired. To have known Brian and his family for almost 30yrs is and will continue to be an honor.❤️


  16. David Dinelli condolence:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I just reconnected with Brian at his father’s wake. It was so nice to catch up and I’m going to miss the opportunity to talk more with him. My heartfelt thoughts are with you all. I will keep you all in my prayers.


  17. David Walsh condolence:

    My deepest heartfelt condolences are with you and your family.


  18. Johnny Boston Sr., Bernice Davis Jones and Carolyn Young condolence:

    Our sincere condolences to the Bakalich family.

    Officer Bakalich always stopped by the Resource Center to check on us, introduce us to the new officers he was training, “check on his email” (meaning restroom break), and share a few words about current events, politics, his family and life in general. We missed him after he retired plus thought and inquired about him often.

    May God comfort and keep you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  19. Johnny Boston Sr. and Bernice Davis Jones and Carolyn Young condolence:

    Our sincere condolences to the Bakalich family.
    Officer Bakalich always stopped by the Resource Center to check on us, introduce us to the new officers he was training, “check on his email” (meaning restroom break), and share a few words about current events, politics, his family and life in general. We missed him after he retired plus thought and inquired about him often.
    May God comfort and keep you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  20. ~ ~ Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain condolence:

    Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. At the request of Mike Sheehan, Brian will be remembered at the next Police Mass.

    In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of our all-loving, all-merciful God! [Police Chaplains Ministry: http://www.ChicagoPCM.org or 312/738-7588]


  21. Kevin McOlgan condolence:

    Thinking of you and sending my sincere condolences. Wishing you comfort and holding you in my prayers.


  22. David LaRocque condolence:

    My sincere condolences to the Bakalich family. Brian was my best friend growing up. Everything I’ve read in the condolence reviews are 100% true. Regrettably…I lost touch with him in our mid 30’s. This comes as a shock. He was a tremendous human being.


  23. Edward Pacilli condolence:

    My deepest and sincere condolences to the family. Brian was a one of a kind great guy. A true pleasure to work with and always had sound advice in the most adverse circumstances. He was a true intellectual in every sense of the word.
    So much so that the late Randy Leslie and I referred to him as “Boy Genius “ with all respect and affection. He will be greatly missed by all who meet him. Ed Pacilli


  24. William Gutschick condolence:

    Brian and I were friends while attending the Cook County Sheriffs Police Academy back in 1988. I will surly miss him. It’s a sad day learning of his passing. My deepest and sincere condolences to the family. Deputy Chief Bill Gutschick RPD.


  25. Sally janich condolence:

    May your laughter and light continue to live in all us. You were a true example of service and kindness. We miss you.
    Love Mike and Sally Janich – Colorado


  26. Valerie Bobbe condolence:

    So sorry for you loss. He was a great guy. I grew up around the corner from him. I wish I would have known him then.
    He would stop by Central Credit Union in Bellwood with a smile on his face. We always felt protected when he was around. He will definitely be missed.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


  27. Jovan Bundalo condolence:

    My sincere condolences to the Bakalich family.

    I remember sitting around the table with him and playing Rummy Cube with him, and his family. He was always laughing and cracking jokes when I was around and made his daughters face light up with a smile. He was a good man and kind. A great father and husband. Seeing anyone around Brian was always filled with laughter and smiles all around. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family.


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