George J. Gonwa

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

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  1. Charlie Lavin condolence:


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


  2. Joe Kregor condolence:

    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.

  3. Thomas Horstmann condolence:

    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

  4. Katie DaLuga condolence:

    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.


  5. Maureen Rooney condolence:

    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

  6. Kevin Rooney condolence:

    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.

  7. Rich Duft condolence:

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

    Rich & Jane Duft

  8. Hani M Wadei and family. condolence:

    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

  9. Larry and Stella Griminger condolence:

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

  10. Reg sand Judy Willis condolence:


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

  11. Ruth & Hank Steinbrecher condolence:

    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

  12. Elizabeth Gordon Reznikoff condolence:

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

  13. Ann Serafin condolence:

    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.

  14. Bob & Naomi Feltz condolence:

    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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