Geno Bagatti
1932 - 2019
Wenban Funeral Home, Ltd.
320 Vine Avenue
Lake Forest, IL
On Monday, November 11, 2019, Geno Joseph Bagatti, loving husband and father of two sons, passed away at the age of 87. Born on March 19, 1932 to parents John and Yole (Nardini) Bagatti, Geno was raised in Highwood, Illinois. Graduating from Highland Park High School, Geno attained the status of an Evans Scholar. He initially attended Northwestern University, enlisted with the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954, and acquired the military rank of Sergeant. Geno then completed his collegiate studies at Lake Forest College. On October 4, 1958, Geno married Judith Alex – they enjoyed a 61-year marriage, raising two loving sons Michael and Richard. During his professional career, Geno became the Executive Vice President of NAII, a trade association representing the property and casualty insurance industry, in which his career spanned over 30 years. Geno resided in Lake Forest, Illinois for 61 years. Geno was known for being a talented baseball player and having a strong passion for the game of golf, also being recognized as a valued member of the Highwood Historical Society. However, Geno's greatest joy was delighting in family, adhering to the admired Italian maxim "La Familia e Tutto!" He was an immensely loving and supportive father to his two sons and rejoiced in the time spent with his grandchildren. Both his father, John, and mother, Yole, preceded Geno in death; he is survived by his loving wife, Judith, of 61 years, his children Michael (Kelly), Richard (Nancy), and brother Robert Bagatti. Geno was blessed with five grandchildren: Gina, Michael, Nick (Ana), Henry, and Dylan (step). A visitation was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Wenban Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Geno's honor to the Highwood Historical Society, 122 North Avenue, Highwood, Illinois, 60040. Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or

Published by Chicago Tribune from Nov. 13 to Nov. 21, 2019.
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I was fortunate to have him as a close friend and in my wedding party. Played baseball with him at LFC and admired his ability greatly. What a wonderful man he was and respected by many and made all of us better for having been our friend.
Bob Scichili
November 8, 2021
My heartfelt sympathies to the family
November 22, 2019
Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
November 21, 2019
No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss.
November 21, 2019
We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.
November 20, 2019
"Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this trying time, we wish them strength and may the God of all comfort give them all the support and courage needed.
November 19, 2019
I will always remember Geno as a genuinely great guy with a contagious laugh that could fill a room. He was always interested in how people were doing and offering support in any way he could. Our sincerest condolences to Judy, Mike, Rich and their families.
David and Karen Gauthier
November 17, 2019
My heartfelt sympathies to the family
November 16, 2019
Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
November 15, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to you all on the passing of my great and wonderful friend Geno.
Geno and I played baseball at Lake Forest and were best of friends. He was in my wedding party in 1958 and so proud to have him there with me.
We enjoyed our family histories and felt like brothers more than just friends. He and the whole family is in my prayers and rosaries I say each day in his honor and for his eternal rest.
I am sorrowful to hear the news that I cannot get it out of my mind and so my thoughts and prayers are for him and you all. Please know he was a wonderful human being in my book and one we should emulate in our daily lives.. Rest Well Geno, I loved you.
Bob Scichili
Bob Scichili
November 14, 2019
Lee Austin
November 13, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to the family
November 13, 2019
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