Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home
9000 West 151st Street
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 857-7878
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William J. Opelka Sr., age 83, Korean War and U.S. Marine Corp Veteran, fondly known as "Rainbow" Bill; beloved husband of Beverly, nee Brazis; devoted father of William Jr., David (Clarita), and the late Todd and Mary Opelka; cherished step-father of Cheryl Heller, and Elissa (Robert) Martins; loving grandfather of Max, Heidi, Marley, and Robby; dear brother of Frank Gregory (Duckie) Opelka; adored son-in-law of Aldona Brazis; cherished uncle and cousin of many. Visitation Friday, 3 to 9 p.m. at Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st St., Orland Park. Lying-in-state Saturday, 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass, 11 a.m. at Church of the Transfiguration, 12219 S. 86th Ave., Palos Park. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of the Transfiguration, 12219 S. 86th Ave., Palos Park, The McCord Gallery/Capital Campaign, McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, 9602 W. Creek Rd., Palos Park, IL 60464, or the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation to benefit the Bill Opelka Scholarship Fund, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465. Enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1951 and served in the Korean War; Past-President of Palos Youth Baseball; Past-President of the Elmhurst Rotary Club and current member of the Orland Park Rotary Club; former Director of the MVCC Foundation Board; member of Builders Tee Club, Fish Tales Fishing Club, Palos Village Players; Ambassador for the McCord Gallery & Cultural Center to the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce. A magician, humorist, fun and fund-raiser, who enjoyed tennis, golf, fishing, and dancing will be particularly remembered for his civic-minded consciousness and his innumerable contributions to the Church of the Transfiguration and the community. 708-857-7878 www.sheehyfh.com

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Nov. 8, 2012
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