Robert John Ardisana

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Robert John Ardisana, age 77 of Riverside. Beloved husband of 38 years to Corinne Ardisana, nee Ciemiega; loving father of Laura (the late Edward) Dagdick, Mark (Debbi) Ardisana, Katherine (Steven) Domian, Robert (Karen) Ardisana, Rhiannon (Travis) Cleveland, Racquel (Joseph) Penney, Ryanne (William) Hanley; grandfather of Richard Graves, Jonathan Graves, Bryan Ardisana, Mark Ardisana, Cassandra Quinton, Steven Domian, Devin Hard, A.J. Ardisana, Grayson Cleveland, Kennedy Cleveland and the late Charles Graves; great grandfather of 6; brother of 8; brother in law of Doreen (Charles) Christensen; uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Bob was an adventurer seeker who always had a project in the works. He went on his first airplane ride in a crop duster at his aunt and uncle’s farm in Wisconsin when he was just a kid and knew from that day that he belonged in the sky. He flew various small planes throughout his life as a private pilot out of Midway, then Lewis University and most recently Bult Field though he said his favorite plane was the Stearman. With everlasting enthusiasm and seemingly endless energy, Bob was also an entrepreneur and small business owner of Nova Printing and Litho in Chicago. He was a scuba diver and part of the Penguin Scuba Club in the 70s. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, and traveling with his children and wife. He especially loved trips to State and National Parks. He enthusiastically shared stories of his adventures with family and friends alike. Bob always kept busy with home improvement projects, car work, building a kit airplane, and maintaining his fishponds. He was quick to lend a helping hand and could fix just about anything. An avid reader, often reading multiple books at a time, it seemed like he knew something about just about everything. Bob was an animal lover and shared a special bond with many dogs over his life and his macaw Sweet Pea. He is missed tremendously by his family and friends.

At this time of Covid-19 family has elected to keep Services & Interment Private.

Combining Bob’s love of flight and the natural world., Memorials are appreciated to:  LightHawk Conservation Flying,, PO Box 913239, Denver, CO 80291, where volunteer pilots help contribute to conservation projects across the United States.

Additionally, donations may be made directly to the Chicago Zoological Society, Attn: Development Department, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513.  Please include  Robert John Ardisana name for the memorial fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

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  1. Cidney Medina condolence:

    Words cannot describe how sorry I am for your loss. I am thinking about all of you guys more than ever. I know Uncle Bob will be the best guardian angel looking down on all of you guys. From looking on facebook and seeing all the fun activities he loved to do such as riding in that awesome red car, flying planes, and just being with his children and grandchildren within these past months I can tell he was SO happy and he would not have wanted it any other way.
    Please know that my family and I are for you guys for whatever it is you need. Love you guys ❤️

  2. Medina Family condolence:

    Bob was a Cousin, Godfather and Friend to us.
    A Beautiful Soul taken all too soon. As his work is done on this Earth, we know God has bigger plans for him now. Thinking of you All, wishing you Hope in the midst of Sorrow, Comfort in the midst of pain.
    With Love & Deepest Sympathies~
    Ray, Karen, Jessica Rae & Cidney

  3. Kim Morris condolence:

    Corinne and family, so very sorry for your loss. I know Bob will be greatly missed by so many who loved him. He lit up a room wherever he went. I will always treasure my sweet memories of him. May God bring you comfort during this time of mourning. Love, Kim

  4. Steve coleman condolence:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. If it wasn’t for Bob I don’t think I would be who I am today. He helped me with employment and my first apartment.He let remodel an apartment that led me to being a landlord He was an outstanding very intelligent man.

  5. Jose Luis Bousanet condolence:

    We are so sorry for your lost our deepest sympathies for you and your family. He was the Type of person that make you feel important and therefore I’m so grateful that I was able to meet him and work with him he was more than a friend to me I really going to miss him. may God taking him on his arm. so many good memories.

  6. Jose Luis Bousanet condolence:

    I feel so sorry for your lost my deepest condolence to you and your family. I have the privilege to work with Bob and to know him. He was the type of person the make you feel very important. To me he was more than a friend, He make me feel like family. I know God has a special place for him.

  7. Charmaine Hansen condolence:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members, I can’t believe that he has passed away. Bob was one of the most talented, hardest working man I’ve ever met. I used to work for him at Nova printing, I loved his stories about his family members. I looked up to him as a father. He will be truly missed,may he sing with the Angels R.I.P Bob much love to all. He was a great man.

  8. Joseph Szajna and family condolence:

    Worked for Bob at Nova for 12 years. Very good man. I am sorry for your loss.

  9. Jan Goldberg condolence:

    Tom and I are so sorry to hear about Bob. Please accept our deepest sympathies to your whole family. You are all in our thoughts. Love, Jan and Tom

  10. Lynn Ardisana condolence:

    Love and prayers to each of you. You are on my thoughts as you go through this difficult time.

  11. Norman & Diane Stroz condolence:

    Corinne and Family, Norm and I are deeply sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob and having wonderful discussions regarding our love of animals. He was so kind that he even dropped me off at my work while Norm was working at Nova. I’m very grateful that I had the honor of knowing this very special man and our love and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  12. Norman Stroz condolence:

    Hearing the news of Bob’s passing made for a very sad day. I worked for and knew Bob for 25 years. I think of him as one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever known. The memory of Bob will always be with me.

  13. Ruth (Gasper)Schueller condolence:

    so sad to hear about Bobby’s death. I have fond memories of him and Ricky from summers spent at Uncle Leo and Aunt Lou Gasper. Our prayers are with you during this time of loss. I am also extending condolences on behalf of my Dad, Lester.

  14. Walter & Lisa Hanley condolence:

    Bob was such a wonderful man, and his children are a testament to his legacy. He will be missed by many people. Corinne and family, we are so sorry for your loss. God bless Bob and his entire family.

  15. Mary Martin (Ardisana) condolence:

    Our families thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will remember Uncle Bob with much fondness.

  16. Viresh Patel condolence:

    Want to give my deepest sympathy and condolance to the entire family. Siblings, children, grandchild, and Corinne.

    Bob was my dear friend.

    Our friendship goes back to 1968. I was 21, and attending University at Michigan State. I traveled with a friend to Chicago from East Lansing, michigan to look for a summer job. There weren’t many job postings back then, so we had to go door to door. My friend said, ‘you go in that building, and I’ll go in the one across the street”. It was in that brief decision and moment that I would meet my mentor, inspiration, boss and dear friend, Bob.

    I got to the 3rd floor and met Bob. He ran a print shop and offered me a job as a pressman. It was my first printing job, which would catapult me into a lifelong career as a printer. We started working together every Summer until I graduated University. I then moved to Chicago and started working full time. My name is Viresh Patel, but back then, people didn’t know how to pronounce many ethnic names so Bob gave me a nickname that has stuck to this day. Pat. He put it in on my locker at work. He still called me Viresh though.

    After Bob’s separation from his first wife, we ended up moving in together. He had four kids at the time. Laura, Kathy, Mark and Bobby Jr. I would help to babysit the kids and became very fond of them. After Bob met his current wife, Corinne, we ended up moving apart, but our friendship never changed.

    Bob taught me so much. Not only printing, but construction, plumbing, we even built model boats together. He was my mentor, and I looked up to him. He told me once that I was the smartest person he knew and I told him he was the smartest and the hardest working man I knew.

    I have and will always admire Bob. He was so adventurous and cool. He loved the water and boats, motorcycles, vintage cars and even built his own airplane. Bob and I scuba dived together, and were members of the the penguins scuba club in Chicago. He was a cool dude.

    My life changed after meeting Bob, for sure. I wouldn’t be the man I am now if it weren’t for him. He will forever be in my thoughts and heart.
    Will be missed dearly. God blessed his great family. He is better place with GOD.

  17. Ann Iglesias condolence:

    I just want you to know how deeply I feel for the family and all that are grieving. Bob was a lovable guy who would make you laugh all the time. We will miss him so much.

  18. Lillian Selak condolence:

    Dear Cor, Randy, Kelly, and Ryanne:
    My deepest sympathies to you at the passing of your husband and father. Knowing your family over 35 years has given me great joy. Bob’s generosity at Rainbow Hospice and the wonderful times we shared will ever be in my fondest memories. I wish you comfort and peace through God our everlasting Father. Love, Lillian and Myles Ostrowski

  19. Mirna Gasca condolence:

    Corinne and family, know that you are all in our prayers. Our heartfelt sympathy & thoughts are with you. We are so very saddened by Bob’s passing. For over 30 years, because of my close friendship with Doreen, whenever I had the chance to talk to Bob at family get togethers, I knew that I was going to learn something new, hear an incredible story or get some sound advice. His storytelling only got better with time. After getting married & having my son, Marco, he continued to entertain & engage us with his family history, fascinating stories of growing up in Chicago, especially his high school years at Lane Tech, interesting jobs he once held, and of course his adventures. His unforgettable laughter and humor was contagious! He loved a good conversation but what he loved most was sharing how proud he was of his beautiful family. He was a proud husband, father & grandfather! He will be greatly missed. Sending you much love, peace & strength. May God bless you & surround you with his loving comfort. Love, Marco, Mirna & Marco

  20. Colby & Christine Esenther condolence:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a great person and neighbor and he will be surely missed. I enjoyed hearing all of his amazing stories and seeing all his neat things like his airplane in his garage. He was also a great listener and genuine person. He was so proud of all his children and grandchildren and he lit up while speaking about them. I know he lived his life to the fullest and I look up to his upbeat and positive nature. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help out.

  21. Claire and George Cervenka condolence:

    Corinne Racquel Randy Ryanne and Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Bob
    Please accept our condolences. He was an wonderful father and fascinating man who lived a rich and full life. We will keep your whole family in our prayers.

  22. Janice Foley condolence:

    I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I know his memory will live on through all those he loved and loved him

  23. Dawn Sleva condolence:

    To Aunt Corinne and all my cousins I want to say how sorry I am to hear about Uncle Bob’s passing. I will always appreciate his words at my mother’s memorial. He was such a genuinely nice person and will be truly missed by me and my sisters.


  24. Myra Handelman condolence:

    Dear Corrine and family:
    He was truly a special person. He loved life! He was a good husband, great father and a great grsndfather! i know these r difficult times and how much he will be missed! My thoughts are with u and ure family.

    Warm Wishes,

  25. Bing Owens condolence:

    I just heard about Bob’s passing, and wanted to reachout to Corrine and family. You all have my condolences, Bob was a great man and will be remmemberd…an amazing father and friend!!

  26. Steve Alter condolence:

    My deep condolences to Bob’s family. I worked for Bob at Nova for 10 years. What an incredibly intelligent and multi-faceted man, with a natural optimism and unusual modesty despite his superior talents and skills. It’s a huge loss. I’m grateful to have known him and so very sad to hear of his passing.

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