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Thomas Gribben


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Thomas Gribben Obituary
Thomas E. Gribben, 65, of Downers Grove, IL, passed away on January 22, 2014 after a long, courageous battle with ALS. Tom was born in Berwyn, IL on September 10, 1948. He graduated from Morton West High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Houston, and a Law Degree from The John Marshall Law School. While at the University of Houston, Tom had an illustrious basketball career, playing on a Hall of Fame team who went to the Final Four twice. In 1968, Tom played for Coach Guy Lewis in the "Game of the Century" vs. UCLA. In 2008, Tom and his teammates were inducted into the University of Houston Hall of Fame. Tom worked for six years as a Public Defender on the Murder Task Force for Cook County before becoming a Partner at Lanzillotti, Gribben & Marchuk in Berwyn, IL in 1981.Tom's love for basketball never ended. He coached Girls Basketball at many levels, including his daughter's traveling Wolfpack team, and for several local High Schools. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Mariellen, nee Browall, his two children, Kelly Dussman and her husband Luke, and Cody Gribben; his grandson Tommy; his father, Thomas Gribben and step-mother, Phyllis; his brother Dan Gribben; his two sisters, Karen Thomas and Carolyn Gribben; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and many friends.Tom is preceded in death by his mother, Rose Gribben, nee Vacovsky. We will miss Tom's zest for life. He was an avid golfer, he loved to dance to Motown and The Rolling Stones, spend time at The Lake, and smoke an occasional cigar with his best buddy, Al. Visitation will be held from 3:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, 4343 Main Street, (1 blk. So. of Ogden Ave.) Downers Grove, IL 60515. A service to celebrate Tom's life will begin at 7:00pm. All are welcome. The family of Thomas Gribben wishes to thank Adventist St. Thomas Hospice as well as Viola Diaz, Tom's loving caregiver. For info 630/968-1000 or www.adamswinterfieldsullivan.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 24, 2014
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