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Eugene L. Grabinski Sr., C.P.A. Eugene L. Grabinski Sr., C.P.A., was the beloved husband of the late Rita E. Grabinski; loving father of Carl (Karen) Grabinski, Eugene Grabinski Jr. and Joanna (Chris) Halvorsen and his niece, Lisa (William) Deiker, whom he considered to be a second daughter; and cherished grandfather of Sarah, Gregory, Kristen, Erica, Claire, Caroline, Georgia, Alyssa and Andrew. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Marie; his identical twin brother, Bernard; and older brother, Ted. He was the fond brother-in-law of Dorothy "Babe" (Clarence) Monson; former father-in-law of Susan Grabinski; and dear uncle of many other nieces and nephews. Visitation is Friday, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Road (at Northwest Highway), Mount Prospect. He will lie in state Saturday, 10 a.m. until Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church, Elmhurst Road (Route 83) at Lincoln Street, Mount Prospect. Entombment will be in All Saints Cemetery. Gene was born in Chicago, May 22, 1930. He died peacefully at home Nov. 1, 2011, surrounded by his family. Gene and Rita were married for 54 years. He wrote a book about his wife, entitled "Rita, My Soul Mate." He dedicated the book to her and the patience she showed in battling the rare brain disease PSP. Rita and Gene were in the first grade together at Sts. Peter and Paul School and lived one city block apart. Gene graduated from DePaul University in 1953 and became a CPA in 1958. He served our country as a lieutenant in the Navy from 1954 - 1957. Gene was always smiling and was a fun loving man. The motto by which he lived his life was "Faith, Family, Friends and Fun." He loved to dance with his beautiful wife Rita. He also enjoyed bowling and owned two bowling alleys during his lifetime. Rita and Gene often said though, that the best times of their lives were vacationing with their children and grandchildren on Disney trips and to Hawaii. His grandchildren called him Dziadzia and called Rita, Busia. Gene called his grandchildren his "treasures." Gene worked for 28 years as assistant controller at Signode Corp., which later became part of Illinois Tool Works (ITW). He retired from ITW in 1992 as director of Corporate Accounting. Gene was also proud of his 50 years of involvement with Junior Achievement. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to cure the rare brain disorder, PSP, which his wife Rita suffered from, by donating to CUREPSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093, www.curepsp.org. For funeral information, 847-255-7800 or www.friedrichsfh.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2011
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