Thomas “Punch” J. Monaco, 73, formerly of Oak Park, died surrounded by family on May 2, 2022.

A proud graduate of Ascension (’63), Fenwick (’67), and Xavier University (’71), where he formed many lasting friendships, he played an important role in developing Oak Park Youth Baseball, Softball, and the Windmills. A supporter of many charitable foundations, he was especially dedicated to Misericordia. An organizer of many epic events such as the Annual Turkey Bowl, FAO, Crazy 8’s, Pig Roast and Mardi Gras, he was an avid sports fan, who loved watching the Chicago Blackhawks and never missed a Xavier basketball game. He was the true definition of a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan (i.e., rooting for any opponent of the White Sox). He got his ultimate wish of seeing the Cubs win the World Series in 2016, Doo-Dah! He taught us all about loyalty, generosity and friendship. He will be dearly missed.

Tom Monaco was the husband of Jane (nee McDermott); the father of Sarah, Thomas, Michael (Molly) and Anne (Jay) Hanz; the grandfather of Matthew, Max, and Morgan; the brother of Jane, Joseph, Robert, and William; and the uncle of many.

A memorial visitation will be held at Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park, on Thursday May 12, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated immediately after.

In lieu of flowers, the Monaco family would greatly appreciate contributions to Misericordia, which can be made at

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

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