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Gilbert Vega


1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Gilbert Vega Obituary
Gilbert M. Vega formerly of Riverside, IL was taken into the Lord's arms on Thursday, March 27, 2014. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Olga. Gilbert was born in McAllen TX on November 24, 1931. Shortly afterwards his family moved to Mexico to run a family bakery and restaurant. In the 1950's Gilbert moved to Chicago where he found the love of his life, Olga. They married and shortly afterwards he served his country in Korea, returned and went to college where he earned a B. S. in Accounting and then started a family. Gilbert was known for his love of music. He was a fantastic dancer and later in life regaled his family and friends with his awesome singing voice and renditions of songs from his beloved karaoke machine. Gilbert had a successful business career that included Finance, Accounting, Government work and being the owner of a Pepe's franchise restaurant for 10 years. He was actively involved in the Hispanic Lions Club and served as President. Gilbert was instrumental in helping the Hispanic community grow by assisting in loan packages that enabled many a small business to flourish. This was achieved as he worked in conjunction with the SBA when he was the Regional Director for N.E.D.A. In addition, he also had his own accounting firm that was highly regarded in the Hispanic community. One of Gilbert's greatest accomplishments was returning to school and completing his MBA at the age of 62 which was 2 years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. It was a feat to show his grandchildren - never give up! He was a wonderful father, brother, uncle and grandfather and will be dearly missed by those whose lives he touched. Devoted father of Roland (Ruth), Michael and Maria Elena Vega; grandfather of Gilbert, Ricardo, Marisa, Izabella, Jonathon (Keeley) and Gregory (Natasha). A private memorial gathering at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home at 80 E. Burlington St. Riverside will be held on Sat. April 5, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. delivered by his eldest son, Pastor Roland Vega. Funeral info at 708-447-2261 or www.ivinsfh.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2014
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