Ronald T. Kirsch
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Ronald Thomas Kirsch, 76, passed away early in the morning hours of August 5th due to heart complications. Ron is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Anne, his sons and daughters-in-laws, Jeff and Sherry Romano and Justin and Deborah Kirsch, his beloved granddaughters, Payton and Carly Romano, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ron was a proud man with a immense character and strong convictions. He was the only child of Henry "Dooley" and Isabelle Kirsch. Ron played football for Austin HS, Wright Jr. College, Southern Illinois University, as well as the semi pro team, Lake County Rifles. For over 30 years, Ron worked for American Building and Maintenance becoming vice president in charge of building services for many of Chicago's business skyscrapers. His favorite activity was watching his sons and granddaughters play sports. Standing powerful with broad shoulders and a prominent mustache, Ronald would cross his arms over his heart and in a coach Ditka-like style, would let his attitude and knowledge of the game be known to all. His voice could be heard over the crowds in any stadium, field, court or arena. He loved watching the mental strength and determination sports brought out in the competitors. People may have thought of Ron as a strong and intense man, but Ron had a very soft spot in his heart for his family, friends, and loyal dogs. Other family members include his Aunt June Smith and members of the McKeown, Williams, and Fisher families. The entire Wilczynski and Benakos families and their loved ones held a special place in his heart as well as his Elmhurst neighborhood friends, CourtsPlus, and Enterprise buddies. From arguing to laughing, Ron truly enjoyed all aspects of his life. Private family services will be held. Memorials may be donated to the American Heart Association.

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 10, 2020
Mary Anne....
I have great memories of working with Ron at The Thirsty Whale. I remember his favorite pose at the door....arms folded and chewing on a stir straw looking very intimidating. He was however a big sweetheart. He always looked out for his "front door crew". My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Rich Landeck
August 9, 2020
Dear Mary Anne, so sorry to hear this sad news! Our deepest sympathies to you, the boys & their families. Such a shock when I read the paper today. It did bring back so many wonderful memories when we lived next door in Elmhurst. Wishing you peace & comfort.
Love, Penny & Jim. ♥
Penny Ruston
August 9, 2020
Marianne, Justin and Deborah, Jeff and Sherry, Payton and Carly - We are so sorry to hear about Ron. He was a nice guy and would do anything for his family and friends. We hope that your happy memories will help bring you peace. Love to all of you, the Jablonski’s.
August 9, 2020
While I did not know Ron, I worked you, Mary Anne, at York back in 89-90. I recall how committed you were to family. I just wanted you to know you are thought of at this difficult time.
Nancy DeMuro
Nancy DeMuro
August 9, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Jeff and I were so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I’m sure a big void has been left behind. We send all of you our condolences.
Ariel and Jeff
ariel brennecke
August 9, 2020
❤ The best
Mary Anne Kirsch
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