James Kuba, 79, longtime Oak Park businessman

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James J. Kuba, 79, who was the owner of Oak Park's Kuba Jewelers for over 50 years, died on Feb. 15, 2014.  Kuba Jewelers was an institution on South Oak Park Avenue for generations.  He was born on Oct. 23, 1934.  James Kuba is survived by his daughter, Susan; grandchildren, Matthew and Kimberly; nephews, Christopher and Gregory; and his niece, Carol.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; and his son, Jim Kuba.  Private funeral and interment services will be arranged by Serverino's River Woods Chapel at 847-635-5900.

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Mary Helen Moore from West St. Paul, MN  

Posted: June 10th, 2014 9:24 AM

I was just reading the Obituary looking for my brother, George T. Moore's and decided to look at the others. I am sorry to hear that Mr. Kuba died. Mr. Kuba did several jewelry items, including watches for Western Electric and my father, Daniel A. Moore, Sr. always said Mr. Kuba was a trustworthy man and us Moore's ALWAYS went to Mr. Kuba for whatever jewelry was needed. Mr. Kuba was a kind man and I am sure the Oak Park community will miss him more than they realize!

Christine Vernon from Oak Park  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 9:44 AM

I am sad to read this. Mr. Kuba was a gracious gentleman and practiced an old-fashioned, personalized, honest and conscientious customer service. He was a good advisor to his shoppers and inspired confidence with his broad knowledge and experience in the jewelry business. My sympathy to the Kuba family and employees. I hope the shop stays open with the customary level of quality. It is so nice to have a store like that in the community. Mr. Kuba will be missed.

Jim from South Oak Park  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 7:57 AM

He cleaned my grandfather's watch a decade ago, and took the time to look it up in the watchmaker's record book to see when it was made. What a great "extra" from someone who just gave a little more. The passing of people like this is our loss.

Greg Kozlik from Chesterton, IN  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 3:48 PM

I have been a customer for more than 25 years. I always enjoyed talking with Jim and enjoyed his vast knowledge spanning many subjects. I will miss him and also miss this wonderful jewelry store.

Kay Dutton from Wheaton  

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 10:52 PM

Mr. Kuba was a truly a gentle man & so gracious. My sympathy to his family.

Suzanne Vestuto from Oak Park  

Posted: February 19th, 2014 9:27 PM

Jim was always a gracious gentleman. Great on repairs. May he rest in peace!

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