Joseph Andrew Citari, 57, of Downers Grove, died of ALS on May 19, 2021, with his family at his side. Born on Aug. 31, 1963, in Oak Park, to parents George and Marilyn, he helped OPRF High School win the 1981 state baseball title and was drafted into Major League Baseball, playing nine seasons in the minors with Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. He coached and mentored hundreds of youths in the game of baseball, through the Chicago White Sox, Wheaton College, Concordia College, Downers Grove Dragons, and Orange Crush. A business owner and salesman, he took over the family business, Dial Lighting Supply, and finished his career with City Electric Supply. He was a longtime member of the Showman’s League of America.
Joe is survived by his son, Joseph; his daughter, Kaitlin; his former wife, Alicia; his brothers, John, Stephen (Jayne), and Rade Zone; his sister, Therese Sittler; and his nephew, Scott. He was a great friend to every life he touched.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Elgin in a private ceremony. Family and friends will celebrate Joe’s life in gatherings to be announced. Donations are being accepted at //gofundme.com/f/joe-citari.
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