William Berkley Marek
CHATHAM, IL - William Berkley Marek, 92, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at Carlinville Rehab and Healthcare Center. He was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Chicago to Emil E. and Marie Klein Marek. His parents as well as his stepfather, Stanley Fabish, preceded him in death.
In 1941, on his 20th birthday, Pearl Harbor was bombed and soon after he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served in Germany after WWII and met his wife, Erna M. Preussner. They married in 1946, and she emigrated through Ellis Island in 1947. They lived in Chicago where Bill served as an office manager for General Felt Products for 21 years. They moved to central Illinois in 1992 to be near family. Erna preceded her husband in death March 20, 2012. Bill was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chatham. He loved to fish and enjoyed a good cigar.
He will be greatly missed by his son, Norman of Chatham; daughter, Evelyn (Henry) Kosche of Channahon, Ill.; grandchildren, Amy Styzinski of Manhattan, Ill., William (Kathy) Kosche of Tinley Park, Ill., Henry (Valerie) Kosche, Jr., Palos Hills, Ill., and Robert (Gabrielle) Kosche of New Lenox, Ill.; and six great-grandchildren.
His family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 2, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 700 E. Spruce Street, Chatham. Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Church, Chatham.
Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham, is serving the Marek family. Visit www.staabpolk.com to offer your condolences.