John J. Gerberi

American FlagJohn J. Gerberi, age 79 of Brookfield. US Navy Veteran. Beloved husband of Eleanor P. Gerberi, nee Simko; fond father of Laura (Jeff) Pogwizd, Mary Ellen (Steve) Fiflis and Amy Gerberi; dear grandfather of Erica (Josiah) Wiswell, Stephanie Pogwizd, John Fiflis, Julia Gerberi and Nicholas Fiflis; dear great grandfather of Josiah Jr., Jonas, Zoe, Noah and Theodore Wiswell; brother of Anne (Ted) Strojny, Mary (the late Bob) Silkowski, the late John Gerberi and Michael Gerberi; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral Wednesday to St. Louise de Marillac Church. Mass 10 A.M. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. After retiring as a Repair Technician John was the President of the Adult Volunteer Program at Hinsdale Hospital for many years and worked part-time at Tischlers Grocery Store as the “Meat Counter Guy”. John enjoyed spending time with family attending his five grandchildren’s sport events and concerts. He also loved the Chicago Blackhawks. Memorials appreciated to the Lymphoma Research Foundation,115 Broadway, Suite 1301, New York, New York 10006. Information at 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Dave and Judi Lifka condolence:

    We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a great and caring man. We loved working with him at Hinsdale Hospital and he added such comfort and compassion to so many people.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.

  2. Bev. Briggs condolence:

    My sincere sympathy to John’s family.

    My fellow volunteers and I at Hinsdale Hospital all loved John. He was fun to be with plus a true gentle man who cared about people.

  3. Barbara Bernardi Hanus condolence:

    I have such wonderful memories of Uncle John. A kind man to everyone. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.

    The Bernardi family

  4. Lorr and Al Ochsner condolence:

    You are in our thoughts and in our prayers.

  5. ilda mazeikis condolence:

    Laura, my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. When we were kids, hanging out in your backyard Laura, I remember your dad always in a good mood or acting silly with us. He was always smiling. I pray your loving memories of your dad will bring you some peace during these difficult days.

  6. Pam Morano condolence:

    We only met for a brief time, but John was so sweet and was a great patient! I know he will be missed by so many that loved him. Betsy called me and I am so sorry to hear the news, she loves you guys! I know you all have great memories to share about John.
    Pam at Loyola

  7. Steven Lifka condolence:

    so sorry for your loss your family will be in my prayers.

  8. Mel and Jackie Silkowski condolence:

    Eleanor, we are so shocked and disappointed to hear from Rusty about John. Mel well remembers the Saturday night pizza parties and card games with John and family in the “old neighborhood”.
    We will keep you in our prayers.

    Mel and Jackie

  9. Christina Lobraco condolence:

    John was such a good hearted man who gave his time as a volunteer at Hinsdale Hospital. His good deeds will not be forgotten. Condolences to the family.

  10. Alice Jamiolkowski condolence:

    Sincerely sorry to hear of John’s passing. Sending our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to your family from Alice,Edward and Karen Jamiolkowski. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  11. Regina Kudia condolence:

    Eleanor, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. John was such a kind and caring man. So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  12. Vlasta Cawein condolence:

    I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. How I remember the good old days…

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