Stanley F. Patek

Stanley F. Patek, age 62, of Brookfield. Extraordinary husband and best friend of Christine Patek, nee Vanerka; beloved son of Trudy Patek, nee Gajec and the late Joseph Patek, Sr.; cherished son-in-law of Robert and Frances Vanerka; loving brother of Joseph (Mary Anne) Patek, Mary (David) Leja and Jay (Diane) Moreno; brother-in law of John (Deborah) Vanerka; uncle of many nieces and nephews; godfather of seven; friend to many and inspiration to all who knew him. Stanley was the owner of Patek & Associates Accounting Firm in Riverside, IL. He was a proud member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, former treasurer and board member of Seguin Services, Inc., band leader of Good Time Sounds, member of Titans S.A.C., treasurer of the Sportmen’s Bowling League and member of the Monday Night Alphatek Golf League. Stan was inducted into the Chicago 16” Softball Hall of Fame in 2014. Visitation Friday, May 25, 2018 from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 9:15 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral 9:45 A.M. to St. Hugh Parish, 4315 Joliet Ave., Lyons, IL 60534. Mass 10:30 A.M. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to your favorite charity. Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Lawrence Rocco condolence:

    Stan was one of the best people I knew. He will be missed.

  2. Karen and John OKeefe condolence:

    Dearest Cousin , We are heartbroken .
    Our deepest condolences to you Chris , Aunt Trudy , Mary and Joe and all the Family .
    You were simply the BEST Cuz …

  3. Rose Clish condolence:

    Dear Christine:
    Please accept my deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband. Stan was a wonderful gentleman that I always looked forward to seeing once a year for my taxes and occasionally at St. Hugh’s.
    I know he put up a good fight and I was praying he would beat it. One thing I will never forget is his sense of humor and his laugh. I apologize for not being able to make it to his service but I will be out or town. Again, my deepest sympathy!
    Rose Clish

  4. Bob and Carol Baron condolence:

    A very dear friend and inspiration to us. A man generous in heart and spirit. We will miss him.

  5. Steve Haraf condolence:

    I learned yesterday that Stan Patek, my friend, passed away. And the world seems a little emptier; and my heart aches. Stan was my friend, but he was certainly much more. He was a son, a brother, a successful professional. He is in the Softball Hall of Fame. And he was husband a life partner to Chris.
    Stan energized any room he entered. He seemed to live life to the fullest. He was full of joy. Stan was also steadfast in his faith; and I’m sure that was a comfort to him. I see him as a role model on how to live a truly good life; how to be loving husband; how to treat others with respect.
    Stan was my friend and I miss his voice, his laugh, his guidance.

  6. Vince and Nancy Boksa condolence:

    Dear Chris, Aunt Trudy, Joe and Mary and family

    Our deepest condolences to you all, Stan was a wonderful, warm hearted man, a great cousin and friend. He will truly be missed by all. May he rest in peace, God Bless you all

    Love to you all
    Vince and Nancy

  7. Jim and Cheryl Falada condolence:

    please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of Stan. He was such a great guy….in talking with you the last few months, I really thought he was gonna beat this thing….he was the BEST, including his sense of humor and especially his laugh. Should you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.
    Jim & Cheryl

  8. Len Hardesty condolence:

    Please God,
    Tell me why we have to give the best. Stan was the prototype of kind, of being human, caring, loving.
    Since you have taken him Dear God, please let us know that he is happy and comfortable now.
    Len Hardesty

  9. Renee and John Malandrino condolence:

    Stan, you will be greatly missed. You made a difference for everyone who was blessed to meet you. Thank you for being a wonderful person to my whole family always. May you Rest In Peace.

  10. Mark Burdett condolence:

    Stan was nothing short of a brilliant man, a man who always gave so much to so many, a great friend who when it was time to have fun and enjoy life, Stan did BOTH. Stan was a strong man, leader and great husband. And Stan was strongest because of the woman behind him, Chris. That laugh, that confidence and pride he carried will be sorely missed. We all lost a great human being.

  11. Edward J Priz condolence:

    My deepest condolences on your loss. Stan always had a kind word and a smile whenever I saw him. He had a good-hearted presence that filled whatever room he was in. He shall be missed.

  12. Brian Falada condolence:

    Chris, my deepest sympathies on the loss of such a great man. When my dad told me that Stan was battling, I was praying he would beat this….I was very sorry to hear of his passing tonight. The world truly lost a great guy.

  13. Janet Petkus condolence:

    Chris and all his family and many friends, My deepest sympathies and prayers for all. I am deeply saddened by this loss. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this man. He was such a radiant, kind, caring and dynamic personality. He was more than our accountant for me and my husband. I felt so very cared about . Many times when I called, he would personally answer that phone and was so caring and playful, laughing and joking…then offering advice and guidance. Stan was a rare human being…. simply a good good man. And brilliant. I knew he had my back. I’m sure he has us all covered now, from Heaven.

  14. Mike Mortell condolence:

    Patek family,
    So sorry for your loss. Stan was an incredible man and I am better for have known him. I went on golf trips for a decade with Stan and not only was he a gas to be around, he was a gentleman and a class act. A big loss for humanity. May Stan rest in peace. Sincere condolences to Chris, Joe and all family and friends of Stan Patek.

  15. Darlene & Kevin Ahern condolence:

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire Patek family. Stan was a wonderful man and the soul of goodwill and kindness. He was always the most upbeat person in the room and never failed to inspire us with his generosity of spirit. To say he will be missed is simply not enough. The world is a little empty with out his laughter. God bless you all!!

  16. Jeff Berger condolence:

    I will forever miss you my dear friend

  17. Chuck Ford condolence:

    Stan was a great guy and although I hadn’t seen him in quite a few years I always had great memories of him from bowling at Brookfield Bowl on tuesday nights. Big smile, great sense of humor and overall great person. I’m sure he’ll be missed by many. My condolences to his family.

  18. Jeremy Powers condolence:

    Patek family,
    My condolences for your loss. Stan was an amazing man who I have gotten to know over the last four years. I considered him not only a business associate but also a friend who always had my best interest in mind. I will always remember the advice he had given me not just in business but also in life. The last time I saw Stan he gave me a giant hug and had the most positive attitude. The world needs more Stans…rest easy Stan you will be missed.

  19. JANET PAWLICKI condolence:

    There are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our l loved ones shine down on us to let us know they are happy.” May cherished memories turn tears to smiles. JAnet (St. Fabians)

  20. George Vournazos condolence:

    Patek Family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I recently lost my Mother and I know how difficult it can be to go through this process.

    As you do, please always remember and celebrate the great things about Stan. His kindness, his thoughtfulness, his grace and class. He was a wonderful man and role model for many people and players who had the pleasure of playing for him or just being around him. He is pain free and in a better place now.


  21. Dominick Ritacco & Family condolence:

    So sorry for your loss.
    Stanley was a wonderful man.
    Thoughtful and honest always.
    He will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    The Ritacco Family

  22. Mark A. Chiodo condolence:

    Dear Chris and all of the Patek family and loved ones. The world was a much better place for having Stan in it. Heaven has made a substantial gain with his entry. He will be dearly missed by so many. God be with you.

  23. Ostrowski Family condolence:

    Dear Chris and Patek family,
    From day one of meeting Stan, he always had our respect, trust and admiration.
    We considered him a dear friend.
    He never failed to greet us with a big smile and a handshake which always gave us a good feeling. He will be deeply missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    God be with you.

    Love, the Ostrowski’s,
    Cynthia, &

  24. Dan & Sandy Redieske condolence:

    Chris, Aunt Trudy, Joe & MaryAnne, Mary & Dave,
    SO SORRY for your loss. Stan was a great guy, a good son, and outstanding brother. He will be sorely missed. We hope your transition without him will be an easy one.

  25. Bob & Pat Leja condolence:

    Dear family,
    our hearts go out to you all,
    we always looked forward to seeing Stan at family functions, he was a wonderful man.
    God has called one of his angels home after a job very well done.
    God bless you all.

  26. Karen and Rick Schultz condolence:

    Rick and I will forever miss Stan. We considered him our friend as well as our accountant. Rick and Stan got along very well and I always looked forward to our hour of power with Stan! I wish Chris and the family love and courage as they maneuver the world without his light and joy. He was special, and he made a difference in others lives. We wish we could have done something to help towards the end. However, he will always be loved by us. I wish Chris and the family many good moments remembering extraordinary things he would do and say!

  27. Lourdes Foley condolence:

    My deepest condolences for you Chris! He’ll be always in our heart!!! An amazing friend!!!

  28. DR ALAN Childs condolence:

    STAN WAS MY ACCOUNTANT AND FRIEND FOR THE LAST 3 Year’s. He truly was one on the kindest, inspirational and genuine kind gentleman I have ever been in contact with professionally .

    We will miss him…
    DR Alan Childs and Associates

  29. Brian and Leslie (Jonuska) Seefeldt and family condolence:

    Trudy and family,

    Our deepest condolences. Sending love and prayers your way.

  30. Andrea Hacker condolence:

    Stan will be greatly missed by so many. I always looked forward to seeing him. He was upbeat, kind, humorous and caring. His smile is one that will not be forgotten. My deepest sympathy is sent to his entire family. God bless.

  31. Rick Dahms (Ricky D ) condolence:

    Stan has been a friend and my accountant for nearly 25 yrs. He was the best of the best always there for anyone who needed anything he will truly be missed but never forgotten, God bless Chris his Loving wife and friend, his Brother Joe and the whole family R.I.P Stan the Man!!

  32. MIKE KAM condolence:


  33. Eddie O condolence:

    To my good friend and confidant,
    May you Rest In Peace you Polish Prince
    Your buddy Eddie O

  34. Helen kwiatkowski condolence:

    Kristen and Richard Bertovic and I
    Send our prayers to you Christine.
    Heaven has welcomed him home. May the strength of God be with you.
    Helen kwiatkowski

  35. Diane Bobek condolence:

    Stan has been my friend and accountant for 37 years. Every time he came to my shop he always brightened my day with his bigger then life smile (even though he was running late). I’ll miss him. My sympathy to Chris, his family and staff.

  36. Rizzo Family condolence:

    Our hearts are sad, missing this kind, generous, warm and loving man. His smile, his laugh, and his wonderful (mostly funny)stories will always be remembered and tearfully missed. In our meetings and talks friendship always came first and business was an after thought.
    Stan and Chris both very special people!!

  37. Lee Benbenek condolence:

    Such horrible news, the world lost a great person… When Stan walked through the door, the room lit up! Such a contagious positive personality. Always referred to me as “Mister Lee.” Ugh. I hate this… You will be missed by all. You were an amazing human being and we are all so lucky to know you.

  38. Christy Pina condolence:

    My sincere condolences to Stan’s wife and family. Stan was a great person to know and was funny even during the crazy tax season!

  39. Christy Pina condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss and he will be missed by so many people who knew him!!

  40. Jim and Eliane Oneyear condolence:

    So many words in the English language but his passing leaves us speechless. What a great guy. I feel sorry for the people that never had a chance to know him. Our sympathies to Chris, his family as well as his co-workers. We will surely miss him.

  41. Westbrook Dental Center condolence:

    Dear Chris, We are so sorry for your loss.It was such a pleasure to know Stan. He has been kind and helpful to all of us. God Bless You

    Nancy, Jeannine and Jean

  42. Dr. Robert Marshall condolence:

    We are really going to miss Stan. He always greeted me with a big smile and the firmist handshake on the worst day of the year–April 15. All of us at W.Suburban Radiololgy are very sad for your loss

  43. Mark and Eleanor Miller condolence:

    We’ve been “regulars” for nearly 25 years. Stan would always greet us with a big smile and leave us with a big smile. One of the nicest human beings we’ve ever met. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless.

  44. Rich and Debby Cornacchia condolence:

    So truly sorry for the loss of a great man. We spent many great times with Stanley and he will never be forgotten.

  45. Al Maag condolence:

    Words can not express my sadness that I wont get to discuss the Hall of Fame and softball in general with Stan. What a wonderful gentleman and leader.

  46. David & Donna Manella condolence:

    We are truly sorry for you loss. Coming in and seeing Stan was always something we looked forward to. He will be missed.

  47. christopher wirth condolence:

    Chris, please accept my condolences, Stan was the most genuine, truly great people, I have had the pleasure of ever knowing.

  48. Jaime Serback (LeGros) condolence:

    What a wonderful neighbor/friend Stan was for many years. Always supportive of my softball teams and gave donations that were very much appreciated. He will be so missed, but never forgotten. Rest In Peace Stan.

  49. Ron Parra condolence:

    Chris I just found out that my Stan passed away i don’t have words to say but I’m so sorry , I’ve Stan since we were kids all I can say he is and always be my friend.

  50. Dan Stanovich condolence:

    Sorrow Now

    I Believe

    See you some day with Questions

    God Bless

  51. John and Mary Segal condolence:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Stan was one of the best!! He will be missed

  52. Mark Devane condolence:

    Stan Patek will be dearly missed. Always cheerful, helpful and kind. He made paying my taxes almost fun.
    May he rest in peace.
    Mark Devane

  53. KENNETH J MADURA condolence:

    Rest in peace Stan; you were a great man!

  54. Mary & Axel Wittenrood condolence:

    Chris we are so sorry to hear that Stan passed away. He was a great man who was so generous and kind. We will miss him.

  55. Laura Kovach condolence:

    An exceptional man. Stan was our accountant and friend. We saw each other once a year, but started conversation as if we just saw each other the day before. We will dearly miss him.

  56. PJ Folz and Brian LaPointe condolence:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Chris and all the family. Stan will truly be missed by so many. His warmth, his smile and his willingness to always help everyone was part of his genuine personality. His smile will live on in the heavens and he will be a guardian angel to all.

  57. Jeff and Lis Ritz condolence:

    Thoughts and prayers extended to the Patek family. Stan was my wife’s CPA for 20 yrs and jointly for the last 5+. Stan is and was a ONE of a kind! Thinking of his wonderfully uplifting spirit every time you saw him, still brings a smile to us. He will be dearly missed. Thanks Stan for everything!

  58. Drayton Patterson condolence:

    My deepest sympathy to all family and friends. I just learned about Stan’s passing from the DLS Magazine. I played baseball with “Freddie” (as we all called him) our senior year. He was always kind, friendly, and encouraging, particularly after my shoulder injury. I am very happy Stan has had such a wonderful life and is in the Softball HOF, as I have often thought about sharing my baseball exploits around the country with him. Now he knows. May peace be with all of Stan’s loved one’s, especially this holiday season. Blessings to you all! Dr. Drayton “Smoke” Patterson

  59. Nadia Ward condolence:

    To the Patek family, I’m very sorry for your loss. No matter how much time passes, we still feel the loss of our loved ones. May you find comfort and hope in God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4 that shows soon there will be no more death, sickness, or pain, and we can see our lost loved ones again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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