Justen Funeral Home & Crematory
3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 385-2400
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James B. Pilat Jr. of McHenry James B. Pilat Jr., age 51, died Sunday, February 24, 2013 at his home. He was born April 5, 1961 in Chicago to James B. Sr. and Alvina (Marek) Pilat. On July 3, 1982 her married Laureen T. Gallagher at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Crystal Lake. James was the President and CEO of Cost Roofing since 1982. He owned a Harley Davidson and loved going for rides with his family. He enjoyed playing cards, Texas Hold Em was his favorite. He also owned a fire arm and enjoyed going to the shooting range. James was an avid Chicago Bears fan and liked to read, especially James Patterson books. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling. Survivors include his wife Laureen of 30 years; children, Jennifer (Rocco) Venuto of Berwyn, William J. Pilat of Wonder Lake, Mike Budreck of Sycamore; his mother Alvina Pilat of Wonder Lake; two brothers, Michael (Lorie) Pilat, Emanuel (Melanie) Pilat; and two sisters, Marie (Randy) Pilat-Jacobson, and Nancy Pilat. He was preceded in death by his father, James B. Pilat Sr.; and a son, Christopher J. Pilat on November 20, 2012. Friends may visit with the family from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. There will be a celebration of Life at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, at the funeral home. Inurnment will be private. For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to the American Asthma Foundation, P.O. Box 0509, UCSF,, San Francisco, CA 94143-0509. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Feb. 26, 2013
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