Raymond A. Sadowski Jaroc, 81, Veteran, self-employed property owner, woodworker

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Raymond A. Sadowski Jaroc, 81, died peacefully at his Oak Park home on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. While illness had recently slowed him, Ray enjoyed a full and happy life among his friends and family. Born on Sept. 5, 1930 in Chicago, to Alexander Sadowski and Bernice Sadowski Jaroc, he attended Holy Trinity School and served his nation in the Korean Conflict as a tank driver in the U.S. Army. Upon his return, he worked for Honeywell Corporation before a nearly 50-year career as a self-employed property owner. Ray was well-known throughout his neighborhood as the always helpful handyman who enjoyed woodworking and the Bears.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Madeline (nee DeVincent); daughter, Susan (William) Watson; grandson, Matthew; sister, Rita Massel; brother-in-law, Salvator (Barbara) DeVincent; nieces and nephews, Joe (Kate), Philip and Alan (Linda) DeVincent, Mike Massel, Sharon (Warren) Fellingham III; and grandnieces and nephews, Kristen, Jason, Andrew, Marcella, Jennifer and Steven DeVincent and Warren Fellingham IV. Visitation was held at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. A funeral Mass was held Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at St. Edmund Church in Oak Park. Entombment followed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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