Edward F. Kukulski, Jr. Posted: 2017-05-29 11:22:33

Edward F. Kukulski, Jr.


Edward F. Kukulski, Jr., 84 of Huntley, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017 at Centegra Hospital, Huntley following a lengthy illness.

He was born October 18, 1932 in Chicago, the son of Edward F. and Stella (Wolski) Kukulski, Sr. He was raised in Chicago and graduated from Gage Park High School, where he was active in band and played football. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Japan serving in the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Eleanore C. Connors on May 18, 1957. The couple made their home on the southwest side of Chicago, later Darien and then Itasca for many years. Ed worked as an accountant for Continental Air Transport and later Yellow Cab, where he served as Vice-President until his retirement. In 2005 they moved to Sun City, Huntley. He had been a member of Rotary International, the Lions Club, was a Cub Scout Master, an avid fisherman, a member of the South of the Border Muskies. He sang in the St. Mary Choir, enjoyed golf, loved the Bears and White Sox and attending his grandchildren’s activities.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ellie of Huntley, his children, Lisa (Richard) Watts of Huntley, Laura (Kenneth) Ropiak of Schaumburg, Susan (Thomas) Barrett of Downers Grove, Edward F. (Lisa) Kukulski III, of Lake In The Hills and Sara (James) Wallace of Chicago, his grandchildren, Katherine (Brian) Kotowski, Kenneth, Lauren, Molly, Rachel and Joseph, his brother, Larry (Patricia) Kukulski of South Carolina and his sister-in-law, Nancy Kukulski of Chicago.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31st at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the family will greet friends after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 1st at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Road, Huntley. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation or Eversight of Illinois or you may offer masses in his name at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley. For more information please call 847-515-8772 or online condolences can be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com

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Susan Barrett 2017-05-29 17:31:36

Love you forever dad! ❤️

Laura Ropiak 2017-05-29 18:27:33

Dad- love you and miss you immensely! Know you are happy and free from all pain and breathing deeply!! ????????

Shannon Schmidt 2017-05-29 19:08:01

Ed is a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face and brought joy to everyone he met!!! I will miss him!!!

Jim Earley 2017-05-29 19:36:58

Sorry for you and your families loss Ed ????

William J Hennessy III 2017-05-29 20:20:23

My sincere condolences to the Kukulski, Barrett, families and all that knew him. Rest In Peace.

JOE BARRETT 2017-05-29 20:43:58

Will miss you dearly grandpa. You'll always be in our hearts

Patsy Albrecht 2017-05-30 14:55:48

May you find comfort as you share stories and fond memories of Edward. Call him my his old familiar name, speak to him in the easy way in which you always used to. Play, smile, think of him, pray for him. Let Edwards name be household word it always was. Let It be spoken without effort. Thinking of Ellie and the entire family.

Doree Budzinski 2017-05-30 15:23:54

So very sorry for the loss of your father, Susan. Sending deepest condolences and prayers to you and to your family. Please know you are all in our thoughts.

Katherine Kotowski 2017-05-30 16:10:29

I love you Grandpa. May you Rest In Peace and watch over us as our guardian angel in heaven.

Jean and Joe Hernandez 2017-05-31 02:30:25

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss.

Michael and Kathy Abbate 2017-05-31 16:25:04

Ed So sorry for your families loss. Sounds like your a lot like your Dad, fishermen, loved music and was a Sox fan. He's in a better place and I'm sure he was proud of you.

MIDWEST AUDIO 2017-05-31 16:41:55

Ed, all of us here are sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time, please do share in the joy of his life as he will be in your hearts forever!!

Jessica Schwider 2017-05-31 16:57:08

Sending many thoughts and prayers to the Kukulski/Barrett family during this difficult time. I hope you find your comfort in each other and celebrate the wonderful life your father had!

The Martin Family 2017-05-31 18:58:55

To the Kukulaski Family - Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love to All, The Martin Families.

Bob and Cody Ropiak 2017-06-01 01:53:36

Ed, Always loved the way you kept score in golf...lol! Hope you're hitting them a mile now in eternity! RIP

Lisa Watts 2017-06-01 02:01:21

Dad, as I read the obituary, I realized they left out one of your biggest accomplishments. You has a tax business for many years and I always admired and tried to replicate your generosity and professionalism with your clients. I am who I am today because of you. The night I received my coat certificate, I felt we did it together. I think you were happy and I was glad it was done! Maybe you can give some spiritual financial help to the Illinois lawmakers. ????????

Richard Watts 2017-06-01 02:15:24

Always loved to hear your Air Force stories Dad and how you tried to teach me to golf. I will always have you with me when I use your clubs on the golf course. Maybe now I can make it to the green with a little help from above.

Susan Barrett 2017-06-02 15:14:53

Thank you family and friends for all your love and support. Although difficult, the wake and funeral were beautiful and Ed is now with God in his eternal life. We thank you dad for giving us beautiful weather during the celebration of your life.

Ellie Kukulski 2017-06-03 00:57:43

My most sincere gratitude to everyone who has made Ed's passing more bearable. He was such a courageous man to endure seven long years of myasthenia gravis with such strength. May he enjoy all that heaven has in store for him until we meet again. Thanks be to God

Lisa Marie Kukulski 2017-06-05 02:33:40

Although I have known you for a relatively short time, I will never forget the day we first met. You came over to go fishing and the first thing that struck me to my core was your beautiful, warm smile!! You always had such kind, encouraging words. Your love for Ellie will be what I remember most. I cannot remember a time we spent together when you didn't tell me how much you love her as you gazed adoringly at her. You are an inspiration, Dad, and I will forever feel the love that you had for all of us Krazy Kukulski's!! Until we meet again, may you rest peacefully in the arms of God.