JOHN J. "JACK" KUENSTER
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John J. "Jack" Kuenster, beloved husband of Suely "Sue" nee Brazao and the late Mary Virginia Kuenster; loving father of Kathe (Terry) Mulcahy, James (Kathy) Kuenster, Lois (Jim) Fitzmaurice, Gina (Carl) Heinichen, Peggy (Bob) Murphy, Kevin Kuenster, Mary Frances (Tom) Jarema and Bob (Bonny) Kuenster; proud grandfather of 20 and great-grandfather of 18; dear brother of Betty Rahmel, Dick Kuenster and the late Bob, Lois, Bill and Tom Kuenster; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. from Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn to Most Holy Redeemer Church, Evergreen Park for Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 2 until 9 p.m. Member of Mt. Carmel High School Hall of Fame. 4th Degree Member, Cardinal Bernardin Council, Knights of Columbus. 1941-1942 Chicago Catholic League Mile Champion, Co-Captain of 1942 Track Team, Editor of The Columbian, Chicago (1948-1957), Staff Writer Chicago Daily News (1957-1965). Director of Development & Public Relations for Mercy Hospital from 1965-1966. Sr. Writer The Claretians, Chicago, (1966-2007). Editor Baseball Digest, Evanston, IL (1969), Executive Editor Lakeside Publishing, Evanston, IL. Authored: Cobb to Catfish, 1975, To Sleep with the Angels, 1966, Heartbreakers, 2001, At Home & Away, 2003, How St. Jude Came to Chicago, 2004, The Best Of Baseball Digest, 2006, Remembrances of Angels, 2008 (booklets), The Police, Money, Mission in Guatemala, Honesty, is it the best policy? Member of Baseball Writers Association. American Roman Catholic. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research, 500 N. Dearborn, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60610 would be greatly appreciated. 708-425-0500

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Apr. 8, 2012.
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April 3, 2013
Don't worry about Jackson
April 3, 2013
Dad, The sadness, the memories, the void, are still very fresh in our hearts. Thank you for being a great dad that continues to impact our hearts and lives even though you are not physically here. Love you.
April 2, 2013
It's been a year now, Dad since you left us.We all miss you so much,but pray that you are having a Grand Time with Mom and your Family. Keep watch over us til we meet again.
Love Forever. Kathe
October 22, 2012
So sad to learn, very belatedly, of Jack's death. A good and talented man. I learned much from him during the time I spent working with him at Claretian Publications. Loved his pipe, his stories, his charm; admired his talent, his perseverance, his professionalism. My condolences to Sue and the sprawling Kuenster family he loved.

Thanks, Jack, for a life well-lived.
--Patrice
Patrice Tuohy
June 18, 2012
Hi, Dad!
Happy Father;s Day and Happy 88th Birthday! Wish you were here with us to celebrate with you. You are terribly missed and enormously loved. Love, Gina
April 12, 2012
I was saddened to hear the news of Jack's passing. I had the opportunity to work with Jack at Century Publishing from 1975 to 1990. He was a real pro and an all-around nice guy who always had a story to share. It was a pleasure to have known him. My condolences to the Kuenster family. May his memory be a blessing.
Marty Weitzel
April 9, 2012
Thinking of you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and Prayers are with your family.
The Gebbia's, Devivo's, and Aguilar's
April 9, 2012
Jack,
You meant the world to our family especially our great memories on Beaver Island and who can forget the World Series scare in 1988 when we couldn't get a hold of my mom or you. Thank you for being our father figure for 25 plus years. You will never be forgotten.

Lisa Doig West
Lisa Doig-West
April 9, 2012
Dear Dad,, I hope you know how much we all loved and admired you, and mostly how proud of you we are. I thought we would have a little more time with you, but that was not to be. Now you are reunited with Mom, she has waited long enough. I hope the reunion with Mom was everything you hoped it would be. Love you forever! Peggy
April 9, 2012
He was always Mr. Kuenster, The Dad who frequently had our sports idols at his house, Bobby Hull, Eric Nestorenko, Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce. He knew everything about sports to this kid and in later years, whenever I saw him I would feel guilty because I knew we could talk about the Sox for hours. I skated in his backyard around the tree, and played hockey in his basement, and built a 'fort' on the side of the house. Thanks Mr. Kuenster
Bob Elling
April 9, 2012
Dad, the memories keep flooding my mind,too many to write here. They would fill volumes.Fun times and sad times.Wow and the sporting events we attended.I will miss you for the rest of my life.
April 9, 2012
Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Your Dad was such a great man. He and your mom created one of the nicest families I have ever known. I picture him now in heaven, smoking his pipe and smiling as he catches up with your mom. May happy memories comfort all of you at this difficult time. With Love, Mimi (Pufunt) Winkelvoss and family.
Mimi Winkelvoss
April 9, 2012
My Dearest Dad: It is never easy to say good-bye, but it is easy to share what a wonderful, encouraging, supportive, and loving dad you have always been. You have not only left a great legacy, but an impacting love in each of your kids lives that will live on in every generation following.

I remember you always used to send me notes, which I have saved over the years, and you would always write, "the best is yet to come." Dad, now, it's your turn, you have reached the best! You're in Heaven with our Mom. I love you and will miss you so much. Gina
Gina Heinichen
April 9, 2012
To Grandpa Jack!

Thank you for all the great memories! They are so apart of my being that I couldn't imagine my life without them!
You lived a very interesting and exciting life! You were the head of a great family that had the greatest loyalty and love for you.
Throughout your years you have had many personas: Jack, Red, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, husband, brother and friend!
You were established by many accomplishments and talents: Athelete, writer, developer, storyteller ( like no other)and even at times a clever escape artist!
You have touched the lives of each person who has had the priviledge of meeting you. Your ability to captivate an audience with your natural gift of storytelling has no equal.
I once thought that the "Jackson" as when you always said, " Don't worry about Jackson!" was your superhero alter ego that you changed into on those called on occasions. I realize now that there never was an alter ego! You are the Jackson! You are always and will forever be a hero to all of us!
There is never saying goodbye to someone like you. You are always and will always be with us I believe. So, I will simply say....until next time. Thank you for all the great memories. I love you Grandpa Jack. You'll forever be in my heart and remain an inspiration. To the Jackson!
Kevin Mulcahy
April 8, 2012
To My Dad: I try to find the words to describe what a wonderful father you were. Sweet, kind, generous, loving, supportive and funny. My heart aches to say goodbye. But I know you are in heaven with Mom dancing in the clouds. Thank you for all you have given not only my family but all your children we love you !!! You have given us the greatest example of what family is all about!!! Until we meet again............ I love you with all my heart. Mary Frances
Mary Frances Kuenster-Jarema
April 8, 2012
My Good-bye To A Friend – Jack Kuenster


It is time to say “Good-bye”, Jack, and I don't know how to say it. I guess I will start at the beginning when I first walked into your house to take Kathe on a date.

I rang the doorbell and a little squirt open the door and ran away laughing. I step into the Kuenster world for the first time, and what a time it has been. I saw a column of smoke rising up behind the Daily News, slowly the paper was lowered and man, puffing on a pipe looked at me and gave me the “once over”. He slowly raised the paper, not saying anything, I froze. I didn't know if I should run out of the house and never come back. My frozen state was broken when the rest of the little squirts starting running around yelling, “Kathe got a boyfriend, Kathe got a boyfriend”.

As you know, I stayed and became a member of your and Mary Virginia's great family.

Now I must say good-bye. Good-bye to a great father and a friend. Take care JACKSON. Rest, we have the watch now.

Terry Mulcahy
April 8, 2012
I WORKED WITH JACK AT CENTURY PUBLISHING CO.FOR OVER 30 YEARS. hE WAS A REAL GENTLEMAN AND ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH. hE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL INCLUDING ALL THE READER OF BASEBALL DIGEST. JUDITH ARNOPOLIN
April 8, 2012
Grandpa,
We love and miss you. I can't wait until Bobby is older and I can show him everything that you accomplished - we are so proud of you and will miss you!
Love, Kellie, Al & Bobby
April 8, 2012
Jack, you were a great friend, colleague and editor. I shall miss our discussions and your invaluable advice and support over the more than four decades we worked together so harmoniously.
George Vass
April 8, 2012
Dad,
Thanks for everything. I hope in some small way I can extend to my kids the legacy you left all yours. I love ya, Bob
April 8, 2012
I enjoyed a long friendly relationship with Jack through our mutual work with the Claretians. He was superbly competent. Also, it could be said I knew him almost his whole life because when I was a small child in the 1930s the Kuenster family lived next door to my grandmother, whom I visited frequently.I'll miss him.
Richard Frisbie
April 8, 2012
My Good-bye To A Friend – Jack Kuenster


It is time to say “Good-bye”, Jack, and I don't know how to say it. I guess I will start at the beginning when I first walked into your house to take Kathe on a date.

I rang the doorbell and a little squirt open the door and ran away laughing. I step into the Kuenster world for the first time, and what a time it has been. I saw a column of smoke rising up behind the Daily News, slowly the paper was lowered and man, puffing on a pipe looked at me and gave me the “once over”. He slowly raised the paper, not saying anything, I froze. I didn't know if I should run out of the house and never come back. My frozen state was broken when the rest of the little squirts starting running around yelling, “Kathe got a boyfriend, Kathe got a boyfriend”.

As you know, I stayed and became a member of your and Mary Virginia's great family.

Now I must say good-bye. Good-bye to a great father and a friend. Take care JACKSON. Rest, we have the watch now.

Terry Mulcahy
April 8, 2012
Dad, you meant the world to all of us and we will miss you dearly.You left us a legacy like no other...in pictures, words and inspiration. I will love you forever! Kathe
April 8, 2012
SUE AND FAMILY;
A WONDERFUL MAN AND FRIEND WAS 'JACK'
HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM.
JOE,MURRAY
JOE MURRAY
April 8, 2012
Rest in peace, brother, and we thank you.
Knights of Columbus Council 324
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