Andrew Sak Sr.|
Andrew John Sak Sr., of Belleville, Ill., formerly of East St. Louis, Ill., born Feb. 4, 1927, in Fairmont City, Ill., died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Ill.
Andy worked for 46 years as a clerk on the railroad, beginning with the Wabash Railroad and retiring in 1989 from the Norfolk Southern Railroad. His early career was interrupted as he was called to serve in the United States Army during World War II, seeing active duty in Europe, ultimately guarding high ranking prisoners of war during the Nuremburg Trials. Upon his honorable discharge, Andy returned to Fairmont City and his work on the railroad. He married Anna Marie in 1956, and they settled in St. Philip Parish in East St. Louis. When not at work or spending time with family, Andy undertook his favorite outdoor activity, tending to his garden and raising chickens, rabbits, and bees. After retiring, Andy continued with his gardening, eventually taking his bushels of tomatoes and turning them into his "famous" salsa. Andy was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, carrying his radio out to the garden or watching on the "tube". He became more active in the St. Philip Parish, as the reliable altar boy and assisting with maintenance and upkeep of the parish facilities. Andy was a member of the Polish-American War Veterans in Caseyville, Ill. His family enjoyed listening to him playing the harmonica during Christmas. He shared his talent by playing "Amazing Grace" at his friends' funerals.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Antonia, nee Bonek, Sak; his first wife, Josephine, nee Costa, Sak; his infant brothers, Frank Sak and Walter Sak; his sisters, Mary (Ernest) Nemeth, Stella Sak, Helen Sak, Caroline (Joseph) Sikora and Charlotte Boczck; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Eugene (Eileen) Buechler, Charles (JoAnn) Buechler, Vincent Eisele, Richard Horbelt and Theresa Goetten.
Surviving are his wife, Anna Marie, nee Buechler, Sak; his children, Mary Ann Cadell of East St. Louis, Ill., Annette Sak (Steven Jones) of Belleville, Ill., Andrew "AJ" Sak Jr., of Belleville, Ill., Ginger (Hugh) Purgley of Henderson, Nev., and Anthony (Kellie) Sak of Atlanta, Ga.; his grandchildren, Michael Cadell, Melissa (Eric) Rensing, Austin Sak, Jordyn Sak, Ashlyn Sak, Evan Purgley and Corinne Purgley; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Cadell and Ava Rensing; a sister, Clara Horbelt of Granite City, Ill.; two brothers, Alexander (Carol) Sak of Collinsville, Ill., and Stanley Sak of Madison, Ill.; his sisters-in-law, Margaret Eisele of O'Fallon, Ill., Shirley Owens of Edwardsville, Ill., and Sister Genarose Buechler of Ruma, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Roger Goetten of Jerseyville, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Polish American War Veterans or to St. Vincent DePaul. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill., with a Polish American War Honor Guard from 6 to 7 p.m.
A second visitation will be from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at the Apartment Community Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at the Apartment Community Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows with Father Thomas Hayes and Father James Voelker officiating. Interment will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Fairview Heights, Ill.
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 13, 2016