Raymond J. Jirsa

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Raymond J. Jirsa, 90, was born Nov. 11, 1919 in Berwyn and died peacefully on Sept. 27, 2010 at Beacon Hill in Lombard. Ray grew up in the Berwyn area and graduated from Morton High School and Junior College, where he participated in the drum and bugle corps. He began working, using his skills with numbers and drafting and then served his country during WWII as a civilian instructor for the Air Force in Rantoul, IL. On June 1, 1946, he married Gladys and they settled in North Riverside, where they raised their two daughters, Cathy and Cyndy. Ray was asked to join the family millwork business, California Mfg. Co. with his brother-in-law Frank Mazanec, where he worked until retirement. Ray was involved in helping and leading many organizations, including Riverside-Brookfield HS Boosters, Riverside Lions Club, Riverside Township, American Woodworking Institute. In 1983 he married Betty Jane Buel. They enjoyed 26 years of traveling, dancing, and participating in local activities and civic organizations. Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Betty Jane Jirsa, nee Bobbitt; his beloved daughters Cathy (Paul) Skrip of Shoreview, MN, and Cyndy Jirsa of Schaumburg; his dear grandchildren Carrie (Reed) Ackerman, Christie Skrip, and Jonathan Skrip., He was also Grandpa Ray to the Buel and Jantze children. He is predeceased by his parents, Anna and Reuben Connor; his brother Emil Jirsa; and his beloved wife Gladys, nee Mazanec. Raymond J. Jirsa, age 90, of Lombard, formerly of North Riverside. Beloved husband of Betty Jane Jirsa, nee Bobbitt, and the late Gladys C. Jirsa, nee Mazanec; dear father of Cathy (Paul) Skrip and Cyndy Jirsa; loving grandfather of Carrie (Reed) Ackerman, Christie Skrip, Jonathan Skrip. Also Grandpa Ray to the Jantze and Buel children. Visitation Friday, October 1, 2010, 3 P.M. to 9 P.M. and Saturday, October 2, 2010, 10:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral Saturday 11 A.M. . Interment private. Memorials may be sent to the Riverside Lions Club Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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