Joseph F. Calek

American FlagJoseph F. Calek, age 86, formerly of North Riverside and Berwyn. Korean War Veteran. Passed away peacefully in his home August 23 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Mildred Calek, nee Vasko; loving father of Anne (David Lockery) Calek, Alice (Richard, retired CFD) Dory, and Joe Calek; proud grandfather of Matt and Dan Dory, Allison and Andrew Calek; brother of the late Helen “Connie” (Elmer) Bilek, Betty (Harold) Yirsa, and Arlene “Cookie” (Art) Vrba; fond uncle of Buddy, Debra, Laura, Joel, and the late Paul. He will be dearly missed by his grand-dogs; Elsa, Auri, and Blitz. Joseph, who was a die-hard Cub fan and a long-time employee of Hotpoint; loved sports, reading, family camping trips and fishing. Visitation Sunday, August 28, 2016, 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Monday, August 29, 2016, 10 A.M. to Time of Service 10:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Interment Private Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1210, Chicago, IL 60601 or a charity of your choice are appreciated. Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Rosemary La Manna condolence:

    The few times that I spoke with Joe, I always walked away thinking he was such a gentle man. He had patience, great love for his family and a zest for life.
    Joe has left this earth, but will remain in the hearts of his family and friends forever.

  2. Lori Woodall condolence:

    My thoughts are with the wonderful Calek family. His children alone are a testimony to the beauty he has shared on earth.

    RIP, Lori

  3. Bill Hosna condolence:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. All of you are in my prayers!

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