Joseph R. Morici

Joseph Morici

Joseph R. Morici, age 76, of Lyons. Beloved husband of Mary Ann Morici, nee D’Agostino, fond father of Joseph A. (Angela) Morici and the late Kimberly Morrill; father in law of Gary (Kathryn) Morrill; grandfather of Kristyn Morrill, Nathan Morrill, Alyson Morici, Dylan Morici, Alayna Morrill, Amber Morrill, Evan Morrill, the late Ryan Morrill and Joseph J. Morici; great grandfather of Shawn Sennott; brother of Frank (the late Nancy) Morici; uncle of Cara, Michael, Karla and Pamela.

Visitation Friday, February 5, 2021 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 9:15 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Due to Covid Regulations a maximum of 50 people are allowed in the funeral home at a time. Face coverings are required, the lounge facilities are closed, food or beverages are not allowed at this time. All are asked to pay their respects/condolences to Mary Ann and her family and be cognitive of others waiting to do the same.

Funeral Saturday 9:45 A.M. to St. Cletus Church, LaGrange. Mass time 10:30 A.M.

All wishing to attend Mass need to register at:

100 guests maximum will be allowed to attend Mass. Please pre-register to confirm your attendance. Sign up will close on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3 P.M. Walk-ins will be welcome on a space limited basis.

Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Karen Miller condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, charismatic man Joe was. Anyone who knew him, loved him. I’m in Florida so I will not be able to make it but I will be there in spirit. Much love to the ❤️

  2. Sandy DeMasi, Lauren & Amber condolence:

    Please accept our deepest condolences. You are held close in our prayers for comfort. May you feel God’s love now and always. We love you, cousins. Xo

  3. Rhonda Frasher condolence:

    We are so sorry for your loss,Joe was a wonderful man,he will be truly missed,his personality and voice were amazing,our prayers are with you and your family

  4. Cookie and Paul Wolski condolence:

    Our hearts are broken that we lost one of our beloved karaoke family members. Wild Joe, as we lovingly called him, will never be forgotten. Our MaryAnn remains forever in our prayers and as a treasured friend. “Come Fly With Me ” has taken on a profoundly new meaning to me. Prayers continue for this loving Morici famiglia.

  5. Sheila Sullivan condolence:

    So very sorry for your loss. Have so many memories of our Saint Hugh family.
    So happy that you have recovered Mary Ann. My prayers go out to the entire family.

  6. Ann Aliotta condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was such a nice person. My thoughts are with Joe’s family at this time.

  7. Robyne Recht condolence:

    I share in your sadness. Joe was an amazing person and will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him.

  8. Neil Goldman condolence:

    So sorry to hear the news. I have many, many fond memories of working with Joe over 15 years at LT. He was a wonderful advocate for our students and always had a smile and a hello for everyone. My deep condolences for your loss.

  9. Kevin Brown condolence:

    Mary Ann, such heart-breaking news to learn that Joe passed. I know I join everyone in your LT forever family holding you up with our best thoughts and prayers. Wishing you laughter through tears as beautiful memories mingle with the pain of his loss. I haven’t had the vaccine yet otherwise I would try to come in person. Sending you a virtual hug. We love you, Kevin Brown

  10. Jessica Roessler condolence:

    Such sad news to hear. Joe brought warmth, kindness, dedication (and sometimes song) to all he did. I have such fond memories of his presence at LT. He was such a great model of what it means to love the ones you’re with and to love what you do. Sending all the comforting thoughts to your and your family.
    -Jess Roessler

  11. Kelly Dostal condolence:

    Mary Ann and family,
    My heart breaks for what you are going through but know there is no doubt that Joe’s was a life well-lived. What a wonderful, gentle man. He will be missed by many.

  12. Tom & Lavetta Kazda condolence:

    Mary Ann, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe and I spent 15 years sharing our LT experiences with our students – not only my boss but a great buddy. God bless you always.

  13. Maria Rohloff condolence:

    Oh Mariann what a loss! Joe was the kindest sweetest guy. Truly your other half. May Hod bless him on his way and you on life without him. Sending you big (((Hugs))) and lots of love.

  14. Carol Promisel condolence:

    Mary Ann,
    You and Joe are two of my very favorite LT people. You both have always been kind, patient and helpful – such a priceless asset to the entire community. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you know how much you are loved by so many!

  15. John Cisneros condolence:

    My condolences to The Morici family. Joe was a great man and great singer and now he’ll be singing in heaven.I am thankful to Joe and Mary Ann for all they have done for me.God bless the Morici family.

  16. Smokin' Joe condolence:

    “Wild Joe”, you brought such enthusiasm to our karaoke show and family, you are missed so much in our hearts. Yes, from now on we will hear you not so much with our ears, but with our hearts! I thank you for all the support you and Mary Ann gave me in a multitude of ways and means. I thank you for broadening my musical knowledge! Shalom, good friend! You are missed by many!

  17. Maria Lopez Yanez condolence:

    Dear Mary Ann,
    I remember seeing you and Joe get up to dance, hands held tightly and so in love, at one of our LT retirement events. May you be comforted with your faith,love and memories. LT loved Joe! Maria

  18. Jose Borjas condolence:

    Mary Ann ,
    Our most sincere condolences to you and your
    family. I will always remember your kindness.
    I will miss my friend , Rest in Peace Joe

  19. Dennis Strecker condolence:

    Very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great guy!

  20. Michael Christoffersen condolence:

    Maryann I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Joe. I had tears when driving to work when a Neal Diamond song came on. First thought was, I can’t wait to hear Wild Joe sing it at J C s then it struck me that will never happen again. He was always kind, and a great singer. He will be missed.

  21. Donna Bishop condolence:

    We are terribly sorry for your loss! We will miss his singing at Jc’s

  22. Darlene Naponiello condolence:

    My love and hugs to everyone! So sorry I cannot be there but know that my prayers are with you all!

  23. Al and Joan Ludwig condolence:

    Sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. Al and I send are condolences. I loved when he sang Neil Diamond.

  24. Kristy Jeans condolence:

    So sorry for your loss. He was such an amazing person. He will be missed greatly. Love you all!

  25. Tim and Gail Kueper condolence:

    Know that we love you Mary Ann and your entire family. Our condolences to you and our prayers for Joe. We always loved spending time with you and Joe especially playing poker. Tim and I loved Joe and always enjoyed his company. Wish we could have been to the visitation but still in Florida. Prayers and God’s blessings to you and your family ❤️

  26. Tim and Gail Kueper condolence:

    We love you Mary Ann and family! So sorry and sad for the loss of Joe. We always loved spending time with both of you and have many memories of our vacations, poker games and family parties. We are so sad and will miss Joe. We both feel he was an awesome and wonderful cousin. Our prayers are for Joe and your entire family. Wish we could be there for the services but we are still in Florida❤️ God’s blessings always

  27. Linda & Mike Kozak condolence:

    Mary Ann, we are so saddened for your loss. Even though we met Joe only a few times we immediately felt like old time friends. Our hearts go out to you and your family in this time of loss. Prayers for you for your full recovery.

  28. Patricia Conley condolence:

    Im so sorry for the loss of this great man,he was always such a burst of energy for me every time i seen him.He will be missed dearly by every one. My heart goes out to you Mary Ann and my prayers for you and the family.

  29. Jane Campbell condolence:

    Dear Mary Ann,
    I am heartsick to hear of the passing of your beloved Joe. All of us at LT loved him for his kindness and gentle ways. He was a very special man walking the halls with a smile and such good will toward all. I have such fond memories of him. May you find comfort in the deep love you shared and the sweet memories of your journey together. Sending lots of love to you during this difficult time. ❤️ God bless you and your family.

  30. Greg Elwood condolence:

    Mary Ann,
    I do not think I ever saw Joe without a smile on his face and a song in his heart. What a great guy and a great listener too. It was great seeing you again Friday but of course, not under these circumstances. Praying for you and your family for strength.

  31. Pat and Hil Demco and familes condolence:

    We are so sorry to hear about Joe dying I just found out thru Barbara Blazina when I talked to her about Ray dying and I have my Aunt Inka being
    At Hitzeman this Monday and saw the obit for Joe I will miss seeing the both of you at the library also stay safe and hope to see you again

  32. Jeanne Widing condolence:

    Dear Mary Ann and family,
    Joe was a wonderful presence at LT- he was a role model for both students and staff. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jeanne Widing

  33. Mary Lou Hoeksema condolence:

    I was so sorry to hear about Joe! Even though I didn’t get to see you two very often, you were always special family to me. I hope that all your precious memories will help you through this time of sadness. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  34. Mary Ann Minick condolence:

    Dear MAry Ann & Family,
    My heart breaks for you. Joe was an amazing and wonderful person. I feel so very blessed for having had the honor of knowing him. I am so sad that I was not able to attend his wake and funeral, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and those of my mom & dad.

  35. David Sykora condolence:

    Mary Ann, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. He was a wonderful man who always made us smile and we will always think of him when we listen to a Neil Diamond song.
    Working with the both of you at LTHS was great fun.
    It was an honour to know him.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family at this time.
    Dave and Jaye

  36. David Sellerd condolence:

    So sorry to read this in the Alumni News. I have not and will not ever listen to Neil Diamond without reliving Joe’s renditions. Mary Ann, my heart goes out to you. My deepest condolences.

  37. Tony Ghiselli condolence:

    I used to live in Oak Park.
    Joe and I were good friends.
    He was like a brother to me.
    I live in NJ now.
    Been here since 1962.
    Joe and friends drove here in 1964 and surprised me.
    We had so much at the NY World
    I visited Oak Park in 1982
    and we hung out.
    Always find memories.
    Miss you Joe.
    May God bless you.
    Your friend forever, Tony

  38. Tony Ghiselli condolence:

    I lived in Oak Park in 1953 and hung out with Joe until I moved to New Jersey in 1962.
    He drove out to NJ in 1964 and we went to NY Worlds Fair.
    What great guy.
    He had a sense of humor and was like a brother to me.
    I went back in 1982 for 25th grammar school reunion.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    God bless , Tony.

  39. Cathy Hawkins (Ron Elvis wife) condolence:

    Mary Ann I just found out about Joe’s passing thru one of Ron’s friends. Please accept my sincerest condolences. He was a wonderful person. That was sad to hear.
    Ron lives in North Carolina and was upset to get this news.
    Please take care of yourself.

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