Joseph Edward Farrell Jr.
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Joseph Edward Farrell, Jr., of Oak Lawn, IL passed peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, September 7, 2020. Joe was at peace and surrounded with love from his wife and children.

Born in Chicago to Joe and Rita Farrell, he was the second of six siblings; and was raised with love among multiple cousins (King's, Bush's, Farrell's). A graduate of St Kilian's grade school, he is still noted as the all-time favorite student of Sister John Norton. While at Mendel High School, the legend of Joe grew on the ballfields of the south side. Proudly winning the 1957 City Football Championship with the Mendel Monarchs, he then went on to continue his football and academic career at the University of Notre Dame; an opportunity that forged a lifelong legacy with the Fighting Irish. During a storied career at Notre Dame, where he was honored in "A Tradition of Excellence" as one of their finest running backs, he relished playing with many lifelong friends and for legendary coach Ara Parseghian. Knee injuries prevented Joe from furthering his football career, but it did not stop him from furthering his legend at Notre Dame, only this time it was outside the stadium, hosting the most welcoming tailgate parties with his wife Joan. These tailgates attracted fans and friends from around the world who knew they would always be welcomed, fed, and entertained! Upon graduation, Joe began his next lifelong relationship with Central Steel & Wire Co, where he worked until he retired more than 42 years later. His sales career also allowed him to spend time enjoying his other love, golf. Tearing up the greatest courses with his infamous Bullseye putter, he was never more at home than he was both on the course or in the locker room of his favorite club, Butterfield.

For all of Joe's accomplishments and loves, there were none greater, longer, or more heartfelt that his marriage to his wife of 56 years and girlfriend of over 62 years, Joan (Trilla). Joe and Joan set down roots on the great block of Kolmar Ave. in the parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria; where they lovingly raised their five kids and joyously welcomed nine grandchildren. A loving uncle to many, the pride Joe took in his family and extended family was rivaled by nothing. Favorite memories of the family always include trips to his second home on Siesta Key, Florida. Ever supportive of his children in all their endeavors, he often volunteered to coach their many teams to spend time with them and mentor other kids from the neighborhood. He elevated his enthusiasm another level in spoiling his grand kids and being an ever-present member of their lives. Designated as "Pops" by Lauren and Alyssa Brown, his fast smile, engaging stories and generous nature made him the perfect "Pops" to every kid he met.

A friend to everyone, quick with a smile and a warm handshake, Joe was never short of stories to share and he never let the truth get in the way of a good one. Comfortable in a boardroom or a locker room, his stories always brought laughter and admiration; and they always ended with a new friendship.

Joe is survived by his wife Joan; his five children and nine grandchildren: Jodi Farrell; Joe and Colleen Farrell (Danny, Will, Eleanor, George); Magan Farrell; Gina and Maurice O'Connor (Joe, Michael); John and Becca Farrell (Owen, Maeve, Jack); and siblings: Peggy (Bill) Duffy, Kevin (Kathy) Farrell, Colleen (Bill) Coughlin. Joe was preceded in death by his parents: Joe and Rita Farrell; and siblings: Florita (Ed) Bohan and Gene (Kathy) Farrell.

Visitation Thursday, September 10th, from 4PM-8PM at Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th St., Chicago Ridge, IL. Private Funeral Mass due to Covid Protocols on Friday, September 11th, at 10:30AM at St. Catherine of Alexandria will be live streamed at www.memorialslive.com/farrell

For Information: 708-422-2700 or

www.curleyfuneralhome.com


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Published in Chicago Tribune on Sep. 9, 2020.
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September 17, 2020
We lost a giant on Labor Day. Joe Farrell was a wonderful man loved by so many. He was blessed to have such a loving and incredible family. I am so very fortunate to have met Joe sixty years ago and have Joe and the Farrell family as friends. We will miss him terribly. God bless the Farrells and help them through this difficult time. The Sullivan family will be praying for them.
Don Sullivan
September 14, 2020
Joe Farrell was a decent caring man who adored his family and was always there for his grandchildren. I watched him play football at Mendel and Notre Dame. Joe was quick and had those magnetic hands. It looked easy from the stands. Loved his kindness and smile. Another great trait is that Joe would never say or talk about someone unless it was something good. Joe will be missed by so many of his friends. God Bless you Joan and your entire Family. Love Carolyn and Larry Doody
Carolyn Doody
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September 13, 2020
All our sympathies to you, Joan and the kids. Joe was a great guy and you have wonderful memories! God bless you all !
Rich and Sue Farrell
Friend
September 12, 2020
Carolyn Doody
Friend
September 11, 2020
We will truly miss Joe’s contagious smile and happiness he brought to our lifes. RIP Joe. We miss you but will see you soon but not too soon.
God bless you Joan & family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
❤ Jerry & Kathy Haggerty
Haggerty
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September 11, 2020
Joe is Adele (Valcke) Cunningham, my Mom’s cousin. Many memories of Aunt Mil bragging about Joe and rightly so. God bless you all and Rest In Peace Joe
Colleen Seiter
Family
September 11, 2020
Joe was a great guy . Enjoyed his many stories while sitting at the pool in siesta key Florida. Patty and Larry Richards
Patti & Larry Richards
Friend
September 11, 2020
If we all had Joe’s personality traits that include vibrancy, a ready smile, determination, magnetism, optimism & others, the world would be a better place. We all know that one man can make a positive difference. That man was Joe Farrell. It has been my privilege to be a small part of his life. God Bless Him!
Bill Demling
Bill Demling
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September 11, 2020
We just like to send my condolences to the Family. Joe was one of the nicest gentlemen I had the privilege to know. Always a smile and a kind word. He passed that same quality to his family.
Desmond And Yvonne Martello and Family
Desmond Martello
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September 11, 2020
We are all sadden by the passing of Joe. He was the one the entire Farrell Clan rallied around. Great husband, father, and cousin. Joan, Cindy and I are sorry we can not make the funeral. You will be in our prayers
BJ & Cindy Farrell
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September 10, 2020
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September 10, 2020
I am sorry for your loss, Joe was one of the good guys. He will be missed by all.
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September 10, 2020
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Joe Farrell was everyone’s friend. He always had a smile on his face. I was fortunate to have been a friend of Joe. I will miss him.
John Burke
September 9, 2020
It was always a true pleasure spending time with Mr. Farrell in Florida or at one of his family’s terrific ND tailgate parties. This wonderful friend of our father and family will be sorely missed. Mary Burke
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September 9, 2020
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September 9, 2020
To Joanie and all the Farrell family: How lucky to have a gentle giant with his Mom's sense of humor and an overwhelming adoration of a tiny Italian beauty, and his Dad's work ethic. Joe was a lovely man who I didn't know well, but was always delighted to talk to. Hard to watch our old, neighborhood friends leave us. Peace and Love to you all.
Mary McGreal Redmon
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September 9, 2020
My sincere condolences to the entire Farrell family. Met Joe at Mendel High School and as golf caddies at Beverly Country Club. Traded birthday wishes every year.
Bob Knickerbocker
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September 9, 2020
May God be with you now and in the coming months ahead to give your strength and peace. Greg & Peggy Sharp
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September 9, 2020
September 9, 2020

Dear Joan and Family,

Our prayer for you is the everlasting love that is Joe. He filled our lives with laughter, thrills, and love, so he is with us still, as we cherish his love for you. Blessings. He is the best of us.

Bill Keating
Classmate Mendel ‘60
Dr. William Keating
Friend
September 9, 2020
Joe was a truly nice guy. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
Guy and Janice Morelli
Janice Morelli
Friend
September 9, 2020
Dear Joan,
Sending our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Joe was a wonderful man. You & your family are
in our thoughts & prayers.
Richard & Pat Fitzgerald
Richard & Pat Fitzgerald
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September 9, 2020
He was a great man and a good friend never too busy to listen. I will never forget him as a Notre Dame classmate and wonderful man
Frank Bujan
Frank bujan
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September 9, 2020
Joan and family,

So sorry for your loss. Joe was truly one of a kind. He always welcomed me with open arms whether it was at BCC or ND. His authenticity, character and contagious smile will be always be remembered.
Kristin Burke
Friend
September 9, 2020
My sincere condolences to Joni and the entire Farrell Family. We lost a great man! I will always remember his great smile, infectious laugh, and kind heart.

Rest in Peace Joe!
Kevin Bush
Family
September 9, 2020
Sympathy to you Joan and your family. Joe was a great guy. Fun loving and a great golfer. We will all miss Joe.
Jim McLaughlin
Classmate
September 9, 2020
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September 9, 2020
Sorry for you loss of a Great Man. Joan stay strong . All the best to all of your family. Dr Tom Powell
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September 9, 2020
Thinking of the family and wishing them comfort and peace
Keith
September 8, 2020
Joe, will be sadly missed but we will never forget his kindness, stories and happy face. A Notre Dame football game could not be complete unless we stopped by Joe and Joans tailgate party . It truly was a welcoming get together for both new and old friends. I played with Joe under Era and we certainly shared some good times both on the field and off. We are glad he was surrounded by his loving family. Our condolences to Joan and the rest of the family. Arunas and Patricia Vasys
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