John Mitchell Biesiada
1956 - 2020
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John M. Biesiada, age 64, of South Holland, IL, passed away suddenly, Sunday, September 13, 2020. Beloved husband for 40 years of Katherine Biesiada, nee Kubiak. Loving father of Theresa (Brion) Cooley, Mary Biesiada, Daniel Biesiada, and Angela (Mark) Uittenbogaard. Proud train-loving Grandpa of Benjamin, Christopher, Alexandra, Theodore, Julia, and Andrew. Dear brother of the late William Biesiada and James (Sai Sai) Biesiada. Dear son of Mary and the late Mitchell Biesiada. Dear son-in-law of Therese and the late Raymond Kubiak. Visitation Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd St. (Rt.6/159th St.) South Holland, IL. Funeral Service Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. directly at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (10301 Kolmar Ave. Oak Lawn, IL 60453). Interment Bethania Cemetery – Justice, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. John was a longtime attorney for Greater Illinois Title. He served as a Sunday School teacher at St. Nicholas for many years. He was a big fan of the White Sox and Blackhawks and coached countless South Holland Little League Baseball and Softball teams. He was loved and will be missed. For further info, please contact 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guest book at www.SMITSFH.com


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Published in Chicago Tribune from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2020.
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September 21, 2020
John was always ready, willing, and able to tackle tough problems attorneys had come up. He was gracious and very easy to work with. I loved seeing him in his trench coat on his way in and out of work. I know that everyone that he worked with is sad to no longer have his expert advice and kind smile to seek out. A star on earth is now a star in the heavens.
Katherine Mix
Coworker
September 20, 2020
John was a great person to many. I worked for another title company but he would always take a call from me and our office -generous, thoughtful and funny. Really invested in the people he knew and reminded me what mattered in life. Also, that I would not have made a good employee at Cunis' either (I would have given out too big portions of ice cream-LOL) My hometown was Dolton so it was easy to talk about that in between files and stuff. Deepest condolences to his family - what a wonderful person who will always be missed.
Gail Grazioli
Friend
September 18, 2020
John was my best friend when we grew up in Chicago and beyond. He always helped others first including myself and my family in later years.

To Kathy and family - Please accept my family’s condolences. John was the best friend that I ever had! Wish you and your family all the best and please let me know if I can ever help!

Love,

John (Doc) Wykret
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John Wykret
Friend
September 17, 2020
I know there is a special place in Heaven for John Biesada!!! He knew his faith and shared it with so many young people. John was an integral member of St Nicholas church.
I will miss him reading the Epistle, watching the Oratorical, helping and encouraging the kids, singing with the kids in the choir loft for the Nativity play and of course teaching Sunday School for nearly 25 years. God Bless this sweet man who gave of himself for so many
We adore his family and we will always pray for John Memory Eternal. ☦
Susan Sotiros Smith
Friend
September 16, 2020
I am so very sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Denise Baumgartner
Acquaintance
September 16, 2020
I have known John for the past five years at his office building, as the concierge. John and I would talk daily about our favorite baseball team, the White Sox, trivia, family, and life. He was such a kind and compassionate man. I always looked forward to and will miss our conversations. My deepest and sincere condolences to his family, friends and coworkers.
Nick Krkles
Acquaintance
September 16, 2020
Until we meet again.
Reginald Townsend
September 16, 2020
I worked with John at GIT. He was a very kind and smart man. I learned so much from him. John often shared stories about his children. John will be Greatly Missed! I’m Praying for the family.
Janice Tillman
Coworker
September 16, 2020
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family & friends of John. I worked with John at the Chicago loop office of Greater Illinois Title for many years. John always made time for the questions or concerns I had, even when he was extremely busy. It’s been years since I’ve seen him, but I will always remember his smiling face!
Debbie O’Shaughnessy
Coworker
September 16, 2020
Biesada family. I knew John for many
many years at Chicago Title and his work at Greater Illinois. We were both underwriters so would see him at meetings and assisted each other from
time to time too. I liked working with John always very courteous and professional. I am very sad to hear about his death. He will be missed and my condolences to all of you. David Nelson
David Nelson
Coworker
September 16, 2020
I am so sad to hear about John, I worked with him for many years at GIT, he was a kind person who's knowledge was unsurpassed, I am a better person for knowing and working with John, my thoughts and prayers to his family. He was always so proud of each of his kids.
LISA SWEENEY
Coworker
September 16, 2020
John was such a wonderful character. He taught his 7th grade Sunday School class at St. Nicholas, with dedication & enthusiasm. He also coached & directed the students in the Christmas Pageant choir, bringing out their best voices with his animated encouragement. He always smiled and had a wry sense of humor. John had a good, kind heart, & was always supportive. His exemplary character is reflected in his wonderful children, who were his pride & joy. He was someone who touches your heart. My deepest condolences to the family.
We will all miss John! May his memory be eternal!
Margp Toscas
Friend
September 16, 2020
On behalf of the entire McKinney family, we send our prayers and encouragement to Mrs. Biesiada and all of the family. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. B. through our daughters friendship with his daughter Angie in high school and on South Holland's girls softball team. For many summers we saw his passion for the young ladies and as a result we became more involved with SH girls softball.
Thank you for your service to the community of South Holland and our family.
Blessings
James McKinney III
Neighbor
September 16, 2020
He was a wonderful guy. I dealt with him for over twenty years in his capacity at GIT. He was always extremely helpful and made every effort to help me make the transaction go forward. I greatly appreciated his friendship and his mentorship on many occasions. As a lifetime Cub fan, John and I had many friendly discussions about Chicago baseball. He will be missed very much.
Ed Shapiro
Friend
September 16, 2020
Laughs and smiles is what I think of John
Mark
September 15, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Biesiada's sudden passing. Mr. Biesiada was my Sunday School teacher and taught me so much about our Christian faith. His teachings greatly impacted me as a young Christian, and still stay with me today as an adult. I know that he influenced the lives of so many children at our church and helped them at difficult times or when they needed encouragement or hope. I send my condolences to Mr. Biesiada's beloved family. May his memory be eternal!
Georgette Vander Velde
Student
September 15, 2020
Mr. Biesiada was my favorite Sunday School teacher and he was everyone’s favorite Sunday School teacher. He was always centered on the Bible, on the Lord’s teachings, what was happening in each parable, and how they affect us. He was quick with a joke, and every Sunday lesson was treasured by all his students. Thank you for all the great stories, memories, and anecdotes Mr. Biesiada. May you rest among the saints and may your memory be eternal!
John Vranas
Student
September 15, 2020
I have worked with John since he joined the GIT family many years ago. What a genuine, intelligent man. John was wonderful to be around, learn from and debate with. I, along with many will miss him on a daily basis.
Erin Tracey Jenner
Coworker
September 15, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Amanda Bacoyanis
Friend
September 15, 2020
Our entire family has been saddened by John's sudden passing. We will always remember him as a true gentleman whose strong character and faith always stood as an example to the youth of our parish, which he taught during his many years as a Sunday School teacher. May his memory be eternal and the Lord number him among the saints.
Pete and Ethel Angelos and Sons
Friend
September 15, 2020
I've been professional colleagues with John since 2004 when I started practicing law and became a customer of Greater Illinois Title. Like another posted, often family and friends do not get to see the "work" side of their loved one. John was always there for me, even when my questions or request for his thoughts was unrelated to his job specifically. He was kind, amiable, available, and most important - supremely smart and generous with his time and knowledge. John and I were currently working together on a case I have, and I am loathe to say he is irreplaceable. I send my deepest condolences, and having lost my father suddenly and tragically the same way, I know of this path. John - you are already missed my friend and I am so sad to see you go.
Alisa Levin
Coworker
September 15, 2020
May your memory be eternal Mr. Biesiada. I will forever cherish your Sunday school classes at St. Nicholas. Your lessons will stay with me and so many Orthodox Christians forever.
Peter Skiadopoulos
Student
September 15, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to John’s entire family. He was a great man, and will be sorely missed. Dan, as your close friend and fellow coach, you are in my thoughts and prayers now more than ever.
Debra Gill
Friend
September 15, 2020
I am an attorney who worked with John for many years. I always appreciated his willingness to listen and work through an issue. He was a wonderfully nice man. Families often do not know the work-life of their loved ones. To John's family, thank you for sharing him with us. He will be missed.
Steve Friedland
September 15, 2020
Great colleague, great intellect, admired and a proud family man. He has left a great legacy and is missed. He is in the grace and light of God and in our hearts.
Wally Zbilut
Coworker
September 15, 2020
I am a Closing Officer at Greater Illinois Title and although not in the same office John worked, over the past 20+ years, I have come to know and respect him. His knowledge was unsurpassed and it was always a pleasure to "learn" something new from John. I will miss him and his wit. Rest in peace John.
Deborah Imundo
Coworker
September 14, 2020
I met John more than 15 years ago when we were both attorneys at GIT. He was truly a great mentor - always making time to walk thru issues, offer advice or just share a story about his kids. It was clear he was a kind and generous man - who could not have been more proud of his kids.

I’m so sorry to hear about his passing - I know he will be horribly missed.
Jennifer Wright
Coworker
September 14, 2020
Memory Eternal!
Love, hugs and prayers for you dear family for peace and strength during this difficult time.
With the Saints give rest, O Lord, to the soul of Thy servant +John who has fallen asleep.
With love in Christ,
Jeanette & Paul
Jeanette Hildreth
September 14, 2020
Memory Eternal! Andy and I were saddened to hear of the falling asleep in the Lord of John. Be assured of our prayers during this difficult time.

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