James B. Vuchetich

James B. Vuchetich, WWII Army Veteran, age 98 of Brookfield. Beloved husband of the late Valerie B. Vuchetich, nee Kacprowski; brother of late Edward Vuchetich, Rudolph Vuchetich, Peter Vuchetich, John Vuchetich, Ann Thrash and Mary Look; uncle of many nieces and nephews. James was a retired electrical engineer from Northrop Grumman where he worked more than 30 years. He enjoyed reading and tending to his garden.

Visitation Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Monday, February 25, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Funeral Monday 10:30 A.M. to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park.

Mass 11 A.M.

Entombment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

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

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  1. Tom Pozza condolence:

    So sorry to hear another was called home. RIP uncle Jim.

    Tom Pozza, great grandson of Mile.

  2. Patricia Vuchetich Hartin condolence:

    There was a grand reunion in heaven last night. The Peter and Mary Vuchetich family welcomed home Uncle Jimmy! We will miss you but know that you are reunited with all your loved ones.

    Patricia Vuchetich Hartin, daughter of Jim’s brother Peter

  3. Melissa Vuchetich condolence:

    So very sorry to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. It’s so hard to lose the last of a generation. But oh, the homecoming must have been grand!

    Melissa Vuchetich, granddaughter of Mile

  4. Gerry Vuchetich condolence:

    Uncle Jim both a gentleman and a gentle man. He will be missed. My dad, Rudy, was one of his older brothers.

  5. Jan Vuchetich condolence:

    Uncle Jimmy was a true gentleman and a joy to be around. Lots of history, lots of stories. He was also a maniac driver. His garden was his pride. May heist spirit live on in eternal bliss and freedom.

  6. Tom vucetich condolence:

    Sorry to hear about Uncle Jim. Jim’s brother John my father will have been gone 8 yrs tomorrow I’m sure there is some argueing going on now that all the brothers are together. John son Tom Vucetich.

  7. Mary Ann (Vuchetich) Smith condolence:

    Uncle Jim will be remembered with much love and respect – he was a most gracious gentleman, loved by the entire family.

  8. Mary Jill Connor condolence:

    So sorry to hear of this loss. I loved hearing stories about him. Much love.
    Mary Jill Connor , granddaughter of Mile (Emil)

  9. Dave Vuchetich condolence:

    Uncle Jim drove himself at 90+ years to a family reunion in Wisconsin..very impressed…he was quite the gentleman and informative of family history.

  10. PETER D VUCHETICH condolence:

    I remember him telling my dad that the cop gave him bad directions when we were driving from east coast to Nebraska and stopped in Chicago area to visit him and Val.(in 1959 bad = *&%$#). That reunion was 8 years ago in 2011 and Uncle Jim brought his girl friend with him.
    I have a great but short visit with him two years ago.
    son of Peter(Jim’s Brother)

  11. Nancy and Dennis Horcher condolence:

    The Vuchetich family can be comforted by knowing that Jim was cared for and attended to almost daily for the past several years by a “guardian angel.” Jim called Cheryl Gawel his angel. She and her husband, Ed, regularly spent time with him, took him to doctor and dental appts., did his laundry, brought him to family holiday gatherings and were by his side during his last days on earth. Jim was not alone and fully realized their kindness and love until the very end.

  12. Paul & Jan Vuchetich, Albuquerque condolence:

    Thank you, Nancy. Thank you Ed and Cheryl Gawel! We are very appreciative for you, the Angels in our Uncle Jimmy’s life. My wife and I visited Jimmy each summer of the last 5 years or so, first at his home, then at the couple of Assisted Liiving facilities. Thank heaven you helped him make the transition from his home to assisted living. His couple of driving accidents after our 2016 visit must have triggered that need. He could no longer drive to the restaurants and his church like he was used to and needed help. I must say, he put our hairs on end one time in 2015 when he insisted on driving a few of us to Anthony’s Restaurant. He peeled into traffic like a teenager with new found freedom! LOL, we sure enjoyed spending time with him. He was the last surviing sibling of my father, Peter…all our love and thanks to everyone!

  13. Chester Hartin condolence:

    I only got to meet Great Uncle Jim a handful of times – but what great times! Smart as a whip and always had a smile on his face. He’ll be missed!

  14. Cathy Gray condolence:

    Uncle Jim was quite the gentleman and I so enjoyed my time with him. I stayed with him a few years ago and helped him clean and get rid of piles of mail! Luckily for me Ed told Jim to turn on the AC because it was so hot in the house! Jim never mentioned he had AC!!
    Cathy Vuchetich Gray (Jim’s brother Rudy’s youngest daughter)

  15. Mary (Vuchetich)Reifschneider condolence:

    The times I met Uncle Jim and Aunt Val were too few.but she was a crafty person making items for Grandma Mary’s 90 th extra special keepsakes for all..and Uncle Jim listened with interest to even the youngest relative whenever we visited..once a young child sent those magazine subscription request for supporting their school…Uncle Jim sent a note and a check..I don’t need more to read.but give this donation to your school. And please write to me anytime your handwriting will improve…Much Love Uncle Jim…Heaven is celebrating now…

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