Zvonko Cabo

photo Zvonko "Bill" Cabo, age 63, of Orland Park, IL, died Friday, July 5, 2013. Zvonko was born to the late Grgo and Mara (Zavljic) Grubisic-Cabo in Jabuka, Croatia, a place that never left his heart. He was the youngest of eight and will forever be remembered for his love of sports. From diving off bridges in Gaz to stealing his brother's bicycle so he could ride it around the village. After coming to the U.S., Zvonko met his zena at a Club Sinj banquet and their relationship grew while spending time at Marquette Park where the Croatian community got together to play soccer and be with their friends from the homeland. Zvonko and Anna were married for 40 wonderful years. He always said there was no reason to go to a restaurant because his wife's cooking was better. Anna didn't always agree with him on that. His best friend, teammate, and partner for life, together they did it all. Hardly ever apart, Zvonko and Anna raised three beautiful children, Greg, Marie, and Peter; first in the Chicago 3-flat and then in their Burbank home. There, Zvonko honed his carpenter skills building the garage and finishing the basement, which ended up being the heart of the home as many family parties were enjoyed around the pool table, bar and dinner tables. The garage turned into Zvonko's very own pool diving board! Eventually, they moved to Orland Park where again Zvonko designed and hand-built the basement for his family. Here he welcomed his grandchild, Gianna, the apple of his eye. Zvonko worked tirelessly, always with a smile and without complaint, to make sure his family had everything. Even though English wasn't his first language, through his hard work and with his business partner of 30 years, Cison, he built a successful meatpacking business. Soon, his son, Peter, joined his hero to follow in his footsteps. Zvonko was always thankful that his zena welcomed him home with a kiss and a shot of rakija. Zvonko was one of the kindest, most generous, fun-loving people. He always had a joke ready. The life of the party, he danced, smiled and laughed. Though an outgoing person, there was nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with family and friends around the kitchen table laughing, sharing stories, playing cards and dominoes. Annoyingly good at everything he did, Zvonko loved his time in Siesta Key, FL, fishing for sharks off his boat, playing bocce on the beach, beating everyone in tennis, and spending time with his zena. Proud member of Club Sinj, captain of his bocce team, winner of pretty much every beanbag tournament, Zvonko was a champion. Let's Zivili to Zvonko in honor of all he did for his family and friends and to the incredible life he had. Funeral Tuesday 9:15 A.M. from Lawn Funeral Home Orland Park to Our Lady of the Woods Church Mass 10:00 A.M. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Funeral Home

Lawn Funeral Home, Ltd.
7732 W. 159th St. Orland Park, IL 60462

Published in Chicago Tribune from July 8 to July 9, 2013