Allen V. Sikorski, 72, of Belleville, Ill., born Tuesday, July 25, 1944, in Chicago, Ill., passed away suddenly Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 in Belleville, Ill.
Allen was an artist and craftsman. He founded Sikorski Signs in 1974. Allen's attention to quality and detail and easy manner won customers and made friends over the years before he retired in 2013. He was an avid golfer - a lefty - who was fascinated by the eternal puzzle that is the game. He loved travel, camping, and being on the water. He loved words and wrote poems and stories. He was a lifelong Cub fan. He and his wife were regular volunteers on the Blessed Sacrament St. Vincent DePaul "soup bus" helping our neighbors. Allen was a kind and thoughtful soul, and most importantly, he was a wonderful husband and devoted father. He will be sorely missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloysious and Roselyn, nee Smith, Sikorski; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Martha O'Malley; brother-in-law, Michael O'Malley; and a niece, Tina Sikorski.
Surviving are his wife, Annabelle, nee O'Malley, Sikorski; son, Jack D. Gillespie; daughter, Molly Gillespie; sister, Lynne Tokoph; brother, Adam (Cookie) Sikorski; brother-in-law, John O'Malley; sisters-in-law, Mary (Bruce) Perkins, Barb Daley, Melissa (Mike) Walsh, Susan O'Malley, Trudy (Rick) Effinger, and Sheila (Mike) Hunsicker; nieces and nephews, Angel (Dave) Sherman, Dave Tokoph, Madelyn (Tom) Harrison, Rachel (Josh) Daley, Christopher Daley, Bryan (Anne) Daley, Martha O'Malley, Erin (Daniel) Shackles, Katherine O'Malley, Elizabeth (Shane) Conzelman, Sally O'Malley, Jessica (Sean) Walsh-Wagner, Kelly Walsh, Charlie Effinger, Eddie Effinger, Alex Effinger, and Eric Effinger.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society Feeding Program. c/o Blessed Sacrament Church, or to the
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, from Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill., for a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian burial at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Belleville, Ill. Private family burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
KURRUS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 27, 2016