Robert J. Primer

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Robert J. Primer, 69, passed peacefully surrounded by family. Cleveland born. Loving husband of Mary Grace Primer, nee Janik. Adored father of Lauren Li and the late Jordan. Dear brother of Sandy (Dennis) Dikowicz and Karen Primer; cherished brother-in-law of James (Linda) Janik. Fond uncle of Jennifer, Dennis Jr., Micheal, Joshua, Stephen, Nina, Allison, Amy, Brandon, and Andrew. Beloved son of the late Ray and Alba Primer.

For the safety of all, the family respectfully requests that all in attendance wear a mask.

Visitation Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Friday, August 6, 2021 from 8:45 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral 9:30 A.M. to St. Francis Xavier Church, LaGrange. Mass 10 A.M.

A live stream of the Service will be available to view at A Facebook account is NOT needed to view. The livestream will begin 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled funeral start time.

Interment Private.

A commercial photographer for 46 years, “Primer” never stopped seeing through the eyes of a lens. He considered himself lucky and proud to have had one lifelong profession, beginning in Cleveland shooting model comps to learn the craft, and advancing to fashion retail photographer at May Company. In Chicago, he continued as senior fashion photographer with clients: Sears, Marshall Fields, Carson’s, Kmart, and Montgomery Ward. Later in years, he still shot people, whether a CEO from a Fortune 500, a rambunctious high school football team, a commemorative senior portrait, or climbing a cherry picker to shoot 100 firemen ─ always systematic, prepared, and with pride.

“Robert” placed importance on his Italian-Polish family and traditions, often sharing fond memories of home while enjoying a homemade Pizzelle. Bob and his wife, Mary, travelled 7,000 miles due west to begin their family in China. The love and unique bond of this trio was his joy in life.

An outdoorsman, he taught us the art of forest bathing, or “shinrin-yoku” ─ whether casting flies on a trout stream, cycling California’s Highway One, camping amongst bison in the Badlands, canoeing the Boundary Waters, birding and conversations in the garden with neighbors, and enjoying the simple pleasure of a fine Cuban cigar with a friend. Carpe diem.

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  1. Robert Studzinski condolence:

    Mary, Lauren, Sandy and Karen- my heart goes out to you. I’m deeply saddened as I remember my “cousin” and the joy we shared as kids. I can only imagine your sense of loss. Love, Big Robert

  2. Liz Lewis condolence:

    Mary Grace and Lauren, I don’t know what you feel besides a loss. I am so deeply sorry for such a loss and wish I could be there to hug you and take away some of your pain. Know that I am thinking of you with love. All my love, LIz

  3. Susan Radosh condolence:

    Dear Mary Grace and Lauren, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband and father. I hope you can find peace and comfort in the days to come. My love to you both.

  4. Haller Family condolence:

    We will miss our friend and neighbor.Deepest condolences to the family.RIP Bob Love The Haller Family

  5. Patricia & Stephen Lott condolence:

    As a former Lehman Drive, Bedford Heights neighbor; I remember fondly my best friends very cool older brother! Great cars, cool job—- & he had an air of aloofness with a kind smile!

    Sending happy thoughts and prayers to the family.

    Hoping your yard filled with flowers, birds and good memories bring peace to you all.
    I can picture a good Cuban cigar near him & can almost smell it!

  6. Mary Feltes condolence:

    Dear Mary Grace & Lauren,
    We’re keeping you both close in our thoughts.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Mary & Tom

  7. Ed Matecki condolence:

    Mary Grace and Lauren, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a great guy. I enjoyed hearing from both of you about your fantastic adventures. I’ll never forget the tour Bob gave me and the stories behind his unique bike collection. Bob was special and unique as well.

  8. Terry Studzinski condolence:

    My thoughts and prayers to your family at this time. Husband, Dad and Brother to you all will be missed.

  9. Nora Skentzos condolence:

    Mary & Family;

    So sorry
    To hear about Bob. Prayers and hugs to you all.

  10. Michelle Fox condolence:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss my prayers go out to you and Lauren.

  11. Dina Sanchez condolence:

    Mary and Lauren,

    What a beautiful tribute. We are very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.


    Dina, Scott, Veronica and Vanessa

  12. Jiat Ling, Alan, and John condolence:

    Dear Lauren and family, we are deeply sorry for your loss and are keeping you in our thoughts. While we did not have the pleasure of knowing Robert, we know that you both shared a deep bond and our heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

    – John, Alan, Jiat Ling on behalf of the CCN family

  13. Kathy Funnell condolence:

    Sharing in your sadness as we remember Robert,,he was always so kind , my dear “cousin”.
    Our families always had great times together.
    Mary, Lauren, Sandy, Karen, prayers for your comfort at this time. What a beautiful tribute to Robert .

  14. Sandy and Dennis Dikowicz condolence:

    Mary and Lauren,

    Thank you for taking care of my brother.

    He is resting now looking down on us.He will always be within our hearts.
    May he rest in peace.

    Sandy and Dennis Dikowicz

  15. Jon Schwedler & family condolence:

    Lauren, our family’s hearts are saddened by your loss, and we rejoice for a life well-lived and loved with hopes of eternal blessings.

  16. Jude Zyskowski condolence:

    Dear Mary Grace and Lauren,I am saddened by your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.I did not know Bob well but reading his interests,we would have enjoyed boating and the outdoor life! I know Mary you and he shared photography interest and of course your lovely,lively daughter.
    May you meet again!

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