Howard Paul Schlacks, 85, a longtime resident of Oak Park, and Palisades Park, Michigan, died peacefully on Oct. 28, 2021. Born in Chicago on Dec. 8, 1935 to the late Howard and Clare Schlacks, “Uncle Paul” was celebrated by numerous nieces and nephews. A graduate of St. Edmund and Fenwick (1953) in Oak Park, he went on to attend Loras College and Loyola University Chicago, then proudly served in the National Guard before working as a stockbroker at the Midwest Stock Exchange. His unwavering Catholic faith led him to many years of involvement with the St. Giles Community Mass in Oak Park, where he formed many enduring friendships. He was also an early investor in Wednesday Journal.

Paul was the husband of the late Nancy (nee Madigan); father of Erin (Tony) Evans, Howie (Meegan), Julie (Chris) Schlacks-Duff, Peter and Andrew Schlacks; “Pappy” to grandchildren Liam Campbell, Charlie Duff, and Emily, Sarah, Maggie, Nora & Lucy Schlacks; brother of Rowena (late Richard) Hohman and Bob (late Colleen) Schlacks; preceded in departure by siblings Howard Frederick, Daniel (late Carol), Dona (late Jack) Becker and Bill (Sue) Schlacks. 

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at St. Edmund Catholic Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Interment will take place privately at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach, c/o Rev. Charles Dahm O.P., 1914 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60608, are appreciated. 

Arrangements were handled by Peter B. Kennedy & Co., Funeral Directors.

Join the discussion on social media!