JOSEPH FRANK KAFKA
FUNERAL HOME
Lake View Funeral Home
1458 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL
Joseph Frank Kafka, Proprietor of Kafka Wine Co. Beloved son of Joseph James Kafka and Terry (Jeffrey) Johnson; loving brother of Angela Wolski and Kelly O'Brien; dear nephew of many aunts and uncles; endearing uncle of Megan Wolski; wonderful friend of many. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the AIDS Research Foundation appreciated. Visitation Wednesday, June 29 from 3 to 9 p.m. Funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday, both at Lakeview Funeral Home, 1458 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657. Interment at Bohemian National Cemetery for info 773-472-6300 or www.lakeviewfuneralhome.com
Published by Chicago Tribune on Jun. 28, 2011.
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I want to thank so many of you, on behalf of my family and me, for remembering Joey and thinking of him even 10 years after his passing. It still doesn´t seem real some days, and I don´t know how it has been over 10 years since I´ve seen or spoken to him, but it means so much to me that he stays alive in our hearts through the memories of so many. He impacted so many lives, but maybe none as much as mine. Love you, big brother. And I´m NOT 2 weeks, I´m 2 years!
Kelly O'Brien
August 18, 2021
You are never forgotten Joey. Love you!
Orlando Pila
Friend
June 22, 2021
I pass by his former business and always have kind thoughts of Joey. I miss him and send a heartfelt hug to his family and friends.
Vito Cifaldi
Friend
June 22, 2021
Always a special place in my heart for Joey, such a special friend to me when i needed one. Still miss him, always will.
Sarah Victor
Friend
June 22, 2021
I was just going through facebook and discovered this tragic news. I am at a total loss of words right now. I just want to say I love you Joey. I will always remember you.
Orlando Pila
October 4, 2011
Joe...so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!
Norm & Dorothy Ball
July 6, 2011
Terry and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Joe. I knew him as a child, but I also live on the north side of Chicago and know how highly regarded he and his business were. A tragic loss. My deepest sympathy, Kerry Medema Slone
Kerry Medema Slone
July 5, 2011
I knew Joe from High School and he was always so full of life and a good spirit. I only just reconnected with him at our 20 year reunion. I was very sad that I was unable to attend services as both my son and I were ill. I wanted to pay my respects to a person that I know was good and I am sure touched a lot of lives. I hope his memories live on in people's hearts and his family finds peace.
Dani Davis
July 3, 2011
I'm listining ,to Tango we once talked about how much you loved Argentina and the music, Always in my heart Joe! Tina and Tony!
July 2, 2011
Angela Wolski
July 2, 2011
I am so sorry to learn of the sad loss of Joey. We only knew him through the store, but over many years knew him to be so kind and friendly. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Liz & John Koszarek
July 1, 2011
Luis Barrios
July 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers to Joey's family and friends. I knew him in college and he endlessly entertained me. We were a duo of wonderful trouble. I'm so sad this is how I have to find him again. My condolences.
Jana Ronayne
June 30, 2011
Terry, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. While I did not get to know Joe, I do know how much you loved him. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
David and Marie McCall
June 30, 2011
Another grateful customer of Kafta wanting to express my condolences to his family and friends. He created such a perfectly wonderful business in the neighborhood and had such a warm presence in the store.
Kathy Cornelia
June 30, 2011
Terry, Jeff , Angela , Kelly , Megan , you are all in our thoughts and prayers! So very sorry for your loss! I will pray that god holds you all in his arms and helps you to find peace in your heart. Love ya!
Lisa Bachara
June 30, 2011
Terry, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope to see you soon
Ray Wojciechowski
June 29, 2011
So sorry Joe , Where is his dog, I hope with a good family!
Tina
June 29, 2011
I only knew Joey casually when we would chat about a wine purchase at Kafka. He was always helpful and engaging, inquiring about my day and news of the neighborhood. I was shocked to hear of his untimely death. My condolences to his family.
Al Torrence
June 29, 2011
My prayers are with you, Joe's family, for peace and strength in this time of loss. I remember Joe when he was in junior high and high school, as a close friend of my sister. He was a very sweet and gentle boy. I especially remember that as a child actor he made a mark in the roles of the Artful Dodger and Tom Sawyer.
Joy Magalit Suh
June 29, 2011
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Joey you will be missed but not forgotten. i will always treasurer my friendship with you! Chaz Walters- Chicago
Chaz Walters
June 29, 2011
Terry, I am so very very sorry for your loss of Joey. I cannot begin to imagine your grief. you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
janet muriby
June 29, 2011
Joey, you warmed my heart with every conversation. You will be terribly missed.
Rachel Henson
June 29, 2011
Dear Terry,

You and your family are in my thoughts as I hold you close, here in my heart. Love and many prayers to you all.
Karen Kraus
June 29, 2011
To Joey's Family may god grant you peace and Love. you are in our prayes. I will miss him and the laughs alot. He always made me smile.
Matthew Turner
June 29, 2011
Joey you will be missed dearly.. My hart goes out to your family.
Tommy Scimone
June 29, 2011
My heartfelt support goes to Joey, his wonderful family, and amazing friends.

~joey is among the most generous and gracious people I have had the honor to know. I will miss his light, the sparkle in his eyes and his love for laughing.
John Scofic
June 29, 2011
Joey was such a kind individual. This is such a sudden, painful loss for all of us that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Desmond Lathan
June 29, 2011
Dear Joe-I shouldn't be writing this note to you. We spent much of the night at our reunion talking and laughing. It was so wonderful to reconnect with you after all those years. I will miss you terribly but will love you always.
Lisa Troost
June 29, 2011
Joe never ceased to make me laugh. My condolences go out to all whom Joe ever touched and most importantly, his family. We will all miss you, Joey.
Matt Soble
June 29, 2011
June 29, 2011
Please, no flowers. Please donate to AIDS Research Foundation instead. Thank you all.......Joey's mom, Terry
Terry Johnson
June 29, 2011
Richard Zwolinski
June 29, 2011
Richard Zwolinski
June 29, 2011
Joe will be dearly missed by many. His personality, laugh and smile lit up any room he was in. I had he pleasure of touring Italy with Joe in 2005 and still laugh today when thinking of some of the funny events that took place during the trip. Joe was a client and friend and I will miss him. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.
Richard Zwolinski
June 29, 2011
In my one meeting of Joe - he left an impression on me, as he did so many others. My heart breaks for Joe's parents, sisters and many friends...I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jenny Fisher Hoban
June 29, 2011
Terry, I remember when you were expecting Joe. Seems like only yesterday. He is now resting in the arms of our Lord. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family.
Donna Pastorelli-Zajdlik
June 29, 2011
My profound heartfelt sympathy & prayers go out to all of Joe's family & friends. So thankful my son Alexander was at the right place at the right time when Joe stepped into his life to become his employer, mentor & best of all, his friend. Rest in peace, Joe...in the arms of an angel, may you find some comfort there.
Jennie Hahn
June 29, 2011
I met Joe many years ago when I first moved to Chicago. I remember then and now his smile and gentle manner. Heartfelt condolences to his family.
Jeff Torres
June 29, 2011
My deepest condolences for Joey's family and friends. We had some good times hanging out with our friend Eric so many years ago, and I will always cherish those memories.
Kim Stiehl
June 29, 2011
My deepest and sincerest condolences to his family and his beakton. Joey was a great friend and my heart is breaking for his family. His wit, his smile, his humor and his heart will forever live on with those of us who remember and cherish him. I miss you already dear friend. I hope you are at peace, save me a spot in heaven. Love you!
Daniel Cardenas
June 29, 2011
You have touched many and you will be missed greatly. My thoughts are with your family and friends.
Todd Rhoades
June 28, 2011
May your memory be a blessing (Woodland Park, Colorado)
June 28, 2011
I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Joe, but I knew of the joy he brought others in his life. My heart goes out to his friends and family."To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
Beth Anne
June 28, 2011
I must admit that i feel as though a piece of my childhood has past with Joe.I grew up with Joe,along with many other childhood friends in our small neighborhood , not to mention all the friends and lives that Joe has touched along his short journey of life. My sincerest condolences to Joe's family and friends, he will truely be missed.
Larry Switzer
June 28, 2011
Joey, rest in peace my friend. I will miss your humor, your laughter, your quick wit and spirit. You are missed and loved. Halle Barry
Barry Frank
June 28, 2011
This is such a shock. After high school, I hadn't seen Joe until our reunion last September. To Joseph and Terry, we can write all we want, but we're still not there in your hearts. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your son.
Guido Nardini
June 28, 2011
My deepest sympathy for Joey's family and all his friends. The news brought forth wonderful memories and terrible sadness. I will miss you Joey.
Eric Small
June 28, 2011
My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to Joey's friends and family. He will be missed.
Andrea Mindham-Roman
June 28, 2011
May your passege be soft and full of love!
Tina
June 28, 2011
I had the pleasure of working with Joe in the wine business for many years. We got to share some fun dinners and tasted a lot of wine together. In 2005 we went on an amazing trip to Italy visiting wineries as well as Rome, Venice, Florence and Siena. Joe loved to travel so much, we always loved to talk about traveling. I am so upset to lose such a wonderful friend. He will be missed by so many.
William Gibson
June 28, 2011
Joe was one of my best friends at Bryan Jr. High. He is the reason I love redheads, The reason I looked forward to going to home ec class where he was my partner. He cheered me on at the airband competition louder than my own family. The world has lost a great and loving person.
Melissa Masters
June 28, 2011
I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the Kafka family. My thoughts are with all of you during this extremely difficult time. Joe was an amazing individual!  When I moved to Chicago, he started off as my landlord and ended up becoming a dear friend. I am thankful for the wonderful memories we shared. May peace forever be with him.
Dina Vela
June 28, 2011
I am so sorry to hear this happened. I knew Joey for a long time and he was always the sweetest person. It makes my heart hurt to know that this has taken place. Rest is peace Joey.
Erin McDonald
June 28, 2011
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Your passing is so tragic to me, but you will always be remembered as that guy who taught me to love freestyle music and to liston to BMX. We had some amazing times growing up and you were truely my friend! I will miss you more then you know. It is so sad that I never told you all this. My heart is breaking for your mom, Angela , and Kelly. I will keep them in my prayers so that they find peace and comfort. I wish you nothing but happiness in heaven!!!
Kymberly Harris
June 28, 2011
I remember Joe from grade school he will be sorely missed, he was a great friend then.
Dave Weigand
June 28, 2011
My sincerest condolences to Joe's family & friends. His warm smile and beautiful spirit will never be forgotten.
Angela Johnson
June 28, 2011
I knew Joe through the wine trade and he was such a lovely guy. I'm heartbroken to know he is gone. I'd like to express my sincerest condolences to his family.
Tracy Liang
June 28, 2011
Very sad to learn of his passing. He was a terrific guy who added much to all those around him. We will miss you very much Joe, and so will the rest of the community. Greg, Ken and the staff of Pastoral
Greg ONeill
June 28, 2011
Mr. Kafka and Terry, my heart goes out to you and your family with this deeply sad news. I wanted you to know that Joe was an amazing friend. He was always fair and good to me and up for a good laugh and a fun experience! I wish I could be there with you all to send him on his journey with peace and love. May he be as well loved and respected above as he was on this earth. What a true friend....I'll forever remember you, Joe!
Jessica Licona
June 28, 2011
You are going to truly be missed. The world lost a very good man. Your smile will truly be missed but never forgotten. My condolonces to you family.
Myrna Mendoza
June 28, 2011
Hey Joey.... Your loving spirit was always so much fun to be around and I will always cherish those times...... Love ya, Scooter
Scooter Giltner
June 28, 2011
Just a frequent customer wanting to express my deepest condolences to Joe's family and friends
Ricardo Torres
June 28, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May peace be with them and may they find comfort in the brilliance Joey brought into the world. He had a profound impact on my life and I will always cherish him.
Zach Stowers
June 28, 2011
I am so saddened to hear about Joe. His warmth and kindness will be missed.
Dawn Stockmo
June 28, 2011
There are no words to describe the feelings one has at this time when one so full of life has been prematurely taken from us. Joe always had a kind word and was always the greatest of help to those of us that aren't wine experts. He was to be part of a group of us going to southern France later this year. He will be sorely missed.
David Bates
June 28, 2011
Joe was one of the funnest and most generous friends I ever had. I am shocked that he has left us and send my heart to his family.
Heather Weasler
June 28, 2011
i didn't get a chance to know you, god speed and my prays are with your mother
June 28, 2011
Though I never had the good fortune to meet you, I know how loved you are and will always be. Kelly has been a dear friend of mine for several years and she always spoke of you with the greatest love and pride. May you have peace and may we all shine on.
Jennifer Connors
June 28, 2011
My thoughts and prayers to Joe's friends and family. A friend and client, Joe will be missed by all of us.
E. Christopher Caravette
June 28, 2011
Joey has always been part of the Firefly family and words cannot express how much he is missed by all of us. He was a great friend to me, personally and in business. His friendship will forever be treasured. I feel very lucky to have had him in my life. Peace to him and to all those who loved and knew him.
Sarah Victor
June 28, 2011
Joe...we will always miss you!..your humor and honest laugh I will always remember. The world won't be the same without you but the heavens are blessed!..I love you Joe
Samuel Mitchell
June 28, 2011
My thoughts are prayers to your family during this time. Joe will be missed, and he was well respected in our community.
-Nick
Nick Gasiorowski
June 28, 2011
I remember Joe's charity work and his fun-loving attitude at work. He will most definitely be missed by me and Daryl. My condolences.
Alice Yoon
June 28, 2011
Joey, you brought such a ray of light to so many lives, I just cannot imagine that I will not be able to see you, hug you, laugh with you, or share a glass of wine....it breaks my heart. Our world is less of a world without you, and you will forever be in our hearts. My love and support goes to all of your friends and family that are suffering such a loss.

Lots of love, Glenn
Glenn Bryant
June 28, 2011
Joey. I have known you for over 20 years and eventually became my neighbor at Park Place Tower. Your life has touched many including mine. I am so saddened and numb that you are no longer with us. Most important, rest in peace Joe, I will see you again someday. My prayers go out to your parents and family giving them strength and peace during this time. Forever, Keith Halverson
Keith Halverson
June 28, 2011
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Joey was special. He will always be remembered as someone who showed kindness and love to all.
Ted & Donna Tebbe
June 28, 2011
Joey, I love you..You were always in my heart..
Joe Tillman
June 28, 2011
Joe and I go back to grammar school and share many special memories together as kids. I'm in complete shock upon hearing this tragic news. We lost a wonderful human being long before his time. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Bill Snyder
June 28, 2011
Joey will be missed. I stopped by his store a few weeks ago, and I am so glad to have had a nice visit with him. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers to Joey's family and friends.
Vito Cifaldi III
June 28, 2011
Just made a donation today to AmFAR in Joey's memory. I encourage us all to do the same. May some measure of good, no matter how small or how far away, come to someone out of this terrible tragedy.
Brian Petty
June 28, 2011
Joey I love you. I'm heartbroken and I'm going to miss you so much. My prayers are with you and your wonderful family.
Luis Barrios
June 28, 2011
I met Joey a couple years ago through a dear friend, and was taken by his passion for wine, friends, and family. I'm so very sorry to hear of his untimely loss. He will be sorely missed, and his family and loved ones are in my thoughts.
Brian Petty
June 28, 2011
you will be missed, joe! our most sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the kafka family.
mikey corona
June 28, 2011
My heart is heavy and my spirit is saddened at this news. I count Joe as a special friend. We were so looking forward to our trip to the South of France this fall. He will be missed, but he will always be loved and appreciated for his kindness and his loving spirit. Be at rest, my dear friend.
Bruce Wilson
June 28, 2011
Dear Kelly and Family,

I wish there was something I could say to ease the pain you all feel, but the only words I can say are I am sorry and I am praying for all of you. Sending you all love.
Kathleen Baer
June 28, 2011
My heart goes out to Joe's friends and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Remember he may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Rheannon Juhl
June 28, 2011
Kelly,

We are so sorry to hear about your brother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers...
Alyssa and Chris Sowerwine
June 28, 2011
Joe will be dearly missed. His warm smile and generous heart were special gifts he shared with so many of us. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends who, like me, were fortunate to know and love him.
Oliver Yandle
June 28, 2011
The world has lost a beautiful human being. I am beyond shock and our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Joe's family and dear friends.
Angela Scharber
June 28, 2011
Never had the pleasure of meeting Joe but I certainly felt his love through his beautiful sister, and my good friend, Kelly. My heart is with you all and I'm sending strength and love your way.
Sam Jochim
June 28, 2011
I am heartbroken at this great loss... I knew Joe when I lived in Chicago. He was a friend and someone I admired a great deal for his business acumen, but also his generosity of spirit. My prayers are with him, his family, his friends, and everyone whose life was touched by his grace. Rest in peace, Joe.
Joe Zuniga
June 28, 2011
Joe always greeted me with a big smile and warm hug...even if years had passed since we last saw each other. You will be forever in my thoughts.
Tim Long
June 28, 2011
So sorry to hear about Joe, I saw him Saturday morning! he was playing with my dog Tony Soprano, I will never forget his smile! Forever in my prayers!!! Christina Marti Park Place Resident!
Christina Marti
June 28, 2011
My heart is with all of you every minute. There are no words to express my profound sadness at your loss of this beloved member of your family.
Robin Regan
June 28, 2011
To my beloved nephew with a heart as big as gold. You will never be forgotten. My heart is with you always. Love, Aunt Sue
Sue Tebbe
June 28, 2011
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