Ralph DeLuca

Ralph DeLuca

Ralph J. DeLuca, Jr., 66, of Countryside passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at La Grange Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 10:30 A.M. to time of Service 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street Brookfield, IL 60513. Burial will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

A live stream of the Funeral Service and Interment will be offered. Funeral Service and Interment will be streamed live at: www.memorialslive.com/deluca

All State and Federal Covid – Recommendations & Guidelines are followed. All guests (maximum of 50 at a time) entering the building must wear a facial covering and maintain social distancing.

Ralph was a lover of dancing, video production, classic cars, and music. The Illinois native was raised in the western suburbs of Chicago and enjoyed being part of Boy Scouts for a majority of his childhood. After graduating high school and completing technical school, Ralph began his career in “jack-of-all-trades” as some would say. Ralph was eager to learn and had many passions. He worked in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, computer coding, automotive customization, and video production.

Ralph met Susan DeLuca, nee Lundy in 1990 while filming her cousin’s wedding. In true Ralph fashion, he asked Susan to dance. They married a year later and moved to Hinsdale. Two years later, they welcomed their only child, Lindsey Anne, who instantly had Ralph wrapped around her finger.

Fond memories for Ralph, Susan, and Lindsey include family vacations, endless dancing, and sushi dinners to celebrate special occasions.

Ralph is survived by his beloved wife Susan DeLuca, nee Lundy; daughter Lindsey DeLuca;  siblings JoAnna (Ken) Ruggles, Julie (Cody) Eisenbraun, Frank DeLuca; several nieces and nephews; loving parents Ralph J. DeLuca, Sr. and Isa DeLuca, nee Romanelli.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, uncles, and cousins.

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

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  1. rita fleckenstein and family condolence:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Ralphie. He will be remembered always.


  2. Lupe Perez condolence:

    Dear Susan and Lindsay,

    Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
    Please know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts.

    From the Perez Family


  3. Bill Plimmer condolence:

    I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Deluca family.I have known Ralph and for nearly 50 years. He was my best friend. I would like to also express my deepest condolences to his wife and daughter Ralph was a great guy.

    Bill


  4. Deborah Rene Westwood condolence:

    Ralph will always be in my Heart! He saved me @ the darkest point of my life. He was there as a rock, a mentor, a shoulder to cry on, a spiritual guide and even a drill Sargeant when I was too weak & felt like the darkness was going to swallow me up. He never gave up on me & helped me realize it was too toxic for me. So in 2010 I put everything I owned that didn’t fit into my car into a storage unit & left Nebraska. Then in 2017 got my own place in STL Missouri! Thank you for being in my life and bringing GOD into my life! Bye Buddy ❤ Rene


  5. Deborah Rene Westwood condolence:

    Ralph will always be in my Heart! He saved me @ the darkest point of my life. He was there as a rock, a mentor, a shoulder to cry on, a spiritual guide and even a drill Sargeant when I was too weak & felt like the darkness was going to swallow me up. He never gave up on me & helped me realize it was too toxic for me. So in 2010 I put everything I owned that didn’t fit into my car into a storage unit & left Nebraska. Then in 2017 got my own place in STL Missouri! Thank you for being in my life and bringing me to GOD! Bye Buddy ❤ Rene


  6. Raymond Macke condolence:

    I’m sorry to hear about Ralph. He’ll be remembered always.


  7. Pamela DuBonetti condolence:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Ralph will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


  8. Jeanne Bernat Plimmer condolence:

    My deepest condolences to Ralph’s family. I’m very sorry for your loss. Our family knew Ralph through my brother Bill. They were best friends always together with Pat through school. He will be missed. Prayers for you all.


  9. Jeanne Bernat condolence:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Ralph was a great guy. Ralph was around when we were kids because my brother and him were best friends. Bill, Ralph and Patrick were always together. Bill would let me know how he was doing when we talked. Will keep you in my prayers.


  10. Ed and Mona Mandel and Family condolence:

    I know Ralph is with Our Lord God He was a wonderful Friend We will Truely Miss. Ralph was loved by all of us.


  11. Diane (Avalos) Priebe condolence:

    So sorry to hear the sad news!

    I lived next door to the DeLucas growing up. Ralph fixed my Camaro when I got rear ended. I was so grateful!

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to family.
    Diane Priebe


  12. Frances Krafthefer condolence:

    I am so sorry to hear a classmate has passed so young. Condolences to his family. It sounds like Ralph made the most of the life he loved. RIP. I will always remember you with a smile on your face and stars in your eyes.


  13. Collette Johnson condolence:

    Ralph the keeper of my cousins heart It’s been an honor to have known you. RIP You’re in our hearts now and forever. God Bless Susan and Lyndsey


  14. Debbie Zettek Dziewiatkowski condolence:

    My thoughts and prayers are with The Deluca Family. I grew up down the street from Ralph. He had such a kind and gentle soul even way back when. May the perpetual light shine upon you my friend and may you rest peacefully in your eternal home. God bless all of you at this time.


  15. Wayne Doty condolence:

    Our condolences to the DeLuca family. Wendy and I have known Ralph for over 50 years. He was a good friend, loved cars as I did. There was a group of us that was almost were always together. RIP Ralph, my friend.

    Wayne and Wendy Doty


  16. Marie Wood Peetoom condolence:

    Mr & Mrs DeLuca, Joanne & Julie,
    My deepest condolences to you all.
    Heartfelt prayers & hugs to each and everyone of you.
    I went to school with Ralph and we lived right behind you all those years in Bolingbrook.
    My parents were Ed & Geraldine Wood.
    My siblings MaryAnn & Ron extend their thoughts & prayers to you all.
    May God bless you and provide you strength.


  17. Debbie Favia condolence:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the DeLuca family,my brother Jimmy and I grew up with Ralph and Frank, great memories, God bless you all at this difficult time!


  18. Linda M Schnelly condolence:

    Dear Susan & Lindsey,

    My thoughts and prayers are with both of you and the DeLuca family. I will always remember Ralph dancing,laughing and enjoying life and our long conversations as we grew up. He will be missed… Rest in peace Ralph.

    Linda


  19. Lori Zadell Burnett condolence:

    Prayers being lifted for the DeLuca family. Ralph was always so kind to people. I remember he was always working on someone’s car! May he now rest in the peace of Christ, and fly with the angels until one day reunited with family and friends.


  20. Terrence Bell condolence:

    Ralph was a good friend and I will miss him. He was also a man who took the time to try and guide me and help me see the better nature’s of myself. His depth of understanding life was boundless. My heart is with his family. I am grateful to have known him.


  21. Michelle Emas condolence:

    I want to send condolences to the family of Ralph DeLuca. I have known Ralph for over 50 years. We were high school friends. RIP Ralph.


  22. Jean Martinek condolence:

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family! Always felt a bond between our families ever since grade school. Think of you often and pray your faith and family will give you peace.
    Rest in peace Ralph!


  23. Peter Sakoulos condolence:

    “ its soo tough. Ralph DeLuca you were my best friend. Like a brother. Family. Inseparable at times. Soo many good times. He was always there. And he was always there for me and his loved ones. Im gonna miss him soo much. Its hurts soo bad. I could go on and on and on about all the awesome times we had. I know he’s in heaven. So selfless. He cared about others almost more than himself. Such a great man. I love you Ralph! Til we meet again Ralphie. RIP”


  24. Thomas Rogers condolence:

    I’m very saddened to hear that Ralph succumbed to cancer. He was always happy and kind to everyone. We lost touch when I moved my family to California in the early 1980’s. He was a Boy Scout when my Dad was Scoutmaster of Bolingbrook Troop 32. His Dad, Ralph Sr. was very proud of him.


  25. Lou Clark condolence:

    Dear Susan and Lindsey , sorry to hear about Ralph. Known Ralph since 4th grade, great guy, always smiling . He will be missed, Rest In Peace Ralph. To the Deluca family sorry for your loss.


  26. Michael Burleson condolence:

    My condolences and prayers are with Ralph’s family. I first met Ralph when we both worked at the Coffeehouse on frontage road many years ago in high school. I was the dish washer and he a bus boy. What a character.


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