ALGONQUIN – Richard T. Wolek, 90, of Algonquin, passed away peacefully to the care of our Lord on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Barrington, at JourneyCare surrounded by his loving family.|
He was born July 1, 1922, to Peter and Anna (nee Pazdyka) Wolek in Chicago. Richard married the love of his life, Florence, on Sept. 15, 1945, at St. John Cantius Church.
He served in the Army based out of Del Rio, Texas, during World War II. After returning to Chicago, he and Florence had four children while living on Chicago's northwest side. In 1958, they moved to Algonquin, where they found their dream home and raised their kids. Richard coached his sons' baseball teams there and was an active parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church for 55 years. He loved all Chicago sports teams, especially the Bears and Cubs. When he retired from Interstate Brands, he enjoyed numerous trips to Florida, attending all his grandchildren's activities and betting on the ponies at Arlington Park.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Florence (nee Dziurgot); children, Richard W. (the late Paula) Wolek, Kenneth (Susan) Wolek, Brian (Kristie) Wolek and Nancy (Ray) Mills; grandchildren, Kathleen (Keith) Chantrey, Tom (Sheri) Wolek, Matthew (Renee) and Emily Mills, Joe, Andrew and Alex Wolek, Jim Long and Bobbi Long; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Chantrey, Kelly Wolek and Christopher Wolek; sisters-in-law, Catherine Wolek and Betty Wolek; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Amy Marie Mills; parents; brothers, Theodore, William and Edwin Wolek; sister, Jeanne Wolek; and his father- and mother-in-law, Paul and Angeline Eggleston.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 111 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin, where there will be a second visitation held one hour prior to the Mass at church.
Burial will follow in River Valley Memorial Gardens Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in West Dundee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made directly to the family for Masses.
For information, contact Davenport Family Funeral Home at 815-459-3411. For online condolences, visit www.davenportfamily.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Apr. 28, 2013