Paul S. Marek

Paul Marek

Paul S. Marek, age 67 of Downers Grove. Beloved husband of Deanne G. Marek, nee Greco; proud father of Julie (Grant) Ondo, Holly (Daniel) LaDuca, Scott Marek, Emily (David) Morrill, Sam (Brian) Piazza, Anna Marek, Grace (Jacob) Maurer and Luke Marek; dear grandfather of Drew, Hope and Hazel, Fred and Claire; brother of the late Don (Donna) Marek.

Please join us in celebrating the life and cherishing the memories of the wonderfully kind Paul Marek. Memorial gathering Saturday, January 8, 2022 12:00 P.M. to time of Service 3:00 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. At 3:00 P.M. you will be welcome to share any memories, stories or words about Paul with his family

Per State Mandate All guests attending any indoor services are required to wear a mask.

Paul was never a fan of dressing up, so please dress casual or wear your favorite flannel (and leave your hat on) to honor him in the humble manner in which he always presented himself.

Interment Private

Paul was a model railroader, musician and a real Mr. Fix-it guy. A mechanic by trade, he could fix anything except small gas engines.

Memorials appreciated to Promedica Hospice, 1010 Executive Drive #200, Westmont, IL 60559 or Advocate Bhorade Cancer Center, 3815 Highland Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515 (Specify Program/Bhorade Canter Center).

Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. The Grzych Family condolence:

    We are so sorry to hear that. May God welcome Paul with open arms. Anything we can do t help please let us know. Keep us up to date with arrangements. I pray that your heart will begin to heal knowing that he is in a better place. I know the time it takes and I’m still not over it, but I rejoice in the fact that Paul is with the Lord and will never feel pain. You will truly miss Paul but have comfort that he is always in you hearts. Prayers for the family too

  2. Rich and Gail Burkdoll condolence:

    Paul will always having loving memories in our hearts. We always enjoyed being around him at the family gatherings. We’re so sorry he was in such poor health the last few years of his life and hope his passing was truly peaceful. I know he will always continue to watch over all of you. Because of Tracy’s reconstructive surgery on her ankle/foot this Thursday we will not attend the service Saturday. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Aunt Gail, Uncle Rich, Tracy, Scott, Brit, Bella, and Cora.

  3. Tom and Connie Burkdoll condolence:

    Deanne we are so sorry to hear about Paul. We enjoyed all the wonderful Holidays we spent with you all. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. I’m working Saturday so we will not be able to attend the service.

    Love you all
    Tom and Connie

  4. Dipal and Neil Shah condolence:

    Dear Julie,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. We wish you peace and strength during this time.

    Neil and Dipal Shah

  5. Sandra Rodriguez condolence:

    My condolences to your family. I knew Paul since we were in grade school at Main Street School to we graduated high school. He was also a nice person to me and others. A great person to know and fun to talk to. Prays to you all. He is with God now and not in pain anymore!

  6. Michael Kutilek condolence:

    So Sorry for your loss. We grew up across the street from each other on Burlington Ave in Lisle. When we were little we were best friends. I was just thinking of Paul around Christmas. We would always call each other or run across the street to see what each other got. Right now I’m very sad.

  7. Valerie Smith Knopp condolence:

    So sorry for your loss. I knew him all through school. He was a good friend.

  8. Cheryl Catanzaro condolence:

    Luke and family. I am so so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and strength for all of your family and Paul’s closest friends . I’m sure the celebration of his life will be quite an expression of how much he was loved. Hugs and Much love sent your way.

  9. Vic Chiapetta condolence:

    I am so saddened to learn of Paul’s passing!! We were great friends all through school!! He was truly a great Man, indeed!! Excellent musician, and a very funny Man!! I will truly miss you, Paul!! I guess I’ll see you up Top, Vic!!

  10. Nancy Jahnke condolence:

    Deanne and Family,
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy upon the “Homegoing” of your beloved, Paul! I remember you all so fondly in our days of being at Trinity and raising our little ones at the same time. Your gifts of music often shared in church were so appreciated by all who were privileged to hear them. Now Paul is making music in Heaven. May you all blessed with God’s comfort and peace!
    With sympathy,
    Nancy Jahnke

  11. Christa Escalante condolence:

    Julie and family,
    I am so sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. I remember long ago when we were very young your Dad would come home and tell us how he saw the Keebler Elves while at work. It’s a fun memory that has stuck with me after all this time. I hope the memories you all have of him bring you comfort during this time.
    Christa (Stankowiak) Escalante

  12. David Tyznik condolence:

    Let me express my sincere condolences to you and your family. Paul was always a good, kind, loyal friend, ready with encouragement and a sense of humor. An overall great guy who loved you and his family immensely. May God grant him everlasting rest in Eternal Peace.
    Dave Tyznik

  13. Jeff Laman condolence:

    Deanne and Family,

    I am so shocked and sorry to hear of your loss. Paul was such a great guy and family man; he will be surely missed by all, including me. I always enjoyed the time I spent with Paul and your family when we were together.

    Please accept my condolences and love to you and the family.

  14. Sally Nosich condolence:

    Deanne, I am so sorry to hear this news! You and Paul were amongst the first people we met in DG. I always loved talking with Paul- he had such a wonderful sense of humor and genuine quality! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The Nosich’s

  15. Bob Chiapetta condolence:

    I am sorry to hear of Paul’s passing and offer my condolences to his family! I knew Paul when growing up in Lisle and he was one of my brothers good friend. He was such a kind person and good musician. We will all miss him and have great memories thinking of him.

  16. Bob Chiapetta condolence:

    I am saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. I knew Paul growing up in Lisle cause he was one of my brothers good friend. They played together in a band with other guys and he was a good musician. I remember his humor and he was a kind person. My condolences and heartfelt orayers to his family.

  17. Bob Zieman condolence:

    Deanne, so sorry to hear this. Paul was a gem and one of the nicest guys I met. Our prayers are with you and yours.

  18. Melanie Mosby La Monica condolence:

    To all whose lives were touched by Paul’s innate kindness and love, I offer a gift to Promedico Hospice. As a former Hospice volunteer and worker, I believe his final care allowed relief from pain,time with family and, ultimately, a realease from suffering. Here is to the Paul I knew in high school and beyond as he briefly attended the University of Illinois. Here is to the man he became. Take flight, dear friend. I shall always remember you. Your music still echoes in my heart.

  19. Cathy Ri-key condolence:

    My heart goes out to all of you. I feel blessed to have met Paul, and to experience the love and joy of his beautiful family. What a legacy he has left us with, and what an inspiration he has been. May God bless you with strength and comfort.

  20. Kevin and Jan Wirth condolence:

    Deanna and family,
    Deepest sympathies on the loss of a great guy! Living in your neighborhood for over 20 years and being your College Rd neighbors bring back many fond memories. Paul was always out in the yard fixing or painting something with a cheerful wave as we would walk by with our family dog, Rocket. And during the holidays Paul was always certain to decorate the yard and line the roof with colorful lights. Kelsey always admired them when she was younger saying it made your home look like a gingerbread house! One thing for certain it was always evident your home was filled with love! May that love of family bring you all peace during this time of sorrow.
    Sending prayers for brighter tomorrows to you all! May God bless you
    Kevin and Jan Wirth
    Neighbors from 2333 College Rd

  21. Gloria Smolek condolence:

    I was very touched by Paul’s family that put together the wonderful picture collages of his remarkable life. He loved his family and friends fiercely and always talked about them with great delight. I didn’t know him that well in high school but it was during our many reunions and get togethers that I saw what a true bright positive light he was. Thank you Paul for bringing joy to so many!

  22. Kathy Tyznik Meyers condolence:

    My sincere sympathies to all of Paul’s family. I was saddened to hear of his passing – so young. I have many good memories of Paul from high school and his days at University of Illinois. He was a great musician who even tried to teach me guitar ( I don’t share that talent).
    I hope you all hold his memory close. He will be missed.

  23. Kurt and Becky Ekstrand condolence:

    What a talented guy Paul was. He certainly was blessed with a big loving, & talented family. May Our Heavenly Father give all the family the comfort & peace knowing that someday, we will all be reunited, with the Lord!

  24. Wayne and Doreen condolence:

    Paul has been a part of our family since I met Holly when Dan started to date her. How we loved having his family at many of our holidays and other celebrations. He was such a sweet wonderful person who will be missed on many different levels. Love you Paul❤️

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