Anthony "Tony" Joseph Bahl, age 72, of Chicago, died peacefully on August 1st after a courageous battle with Mesothelioma surrounded by his daughters, Michele Bahl of Madison, WI, and Amy Lee of Chicago, and son-in-law Brendan Lee. Tony was a dedicated high school English teacher and a steadfast social justice advocate and longtime participant at the College of the Complexes. However, most of all, he was a tremendous friend, father, and grandfather to his two grandchildren, Bella (2) and Dylan (3). Tony touched so many people by his generous and empathetic spirit. Tony is preceded in passing by his late wife Judith (Hutensky) Bahl of Waterbury, CT. In addition to his children and grandchildren, Tony is survived by his siblings Mary Ellen (Jerry) White, Ruth Ann (Richard) Vaske, Virginia (David) Burget, Andrew (Marie) Bahl, and Kathryn (Michael) Shareck. Two sisters, Margaret and Cecilia, preceded Tony in death. A private memorial service will be held in September. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Tony's name to Madison Rafah Sister City Project, P.O. Box 55371, Madison, WI, 53705.
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Aug. 4, 2013.