James (Jay) Michael Champelli, 80, a longtime resident of Oak Park and a longtime Ascension parishioner, died on Nov. 20, 2022, due to cancer. A member of the Village Manager Association, he was an advocate for social justice.

Jay was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather. Please join his family in sharing your favorite memories and stories at a visitation on Friday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Peterson-Bassi Chapels, 6938 W. North Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60707 (https://www.petersonfuneralhome.com).

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304.

To help honor Jay’s commitment to community service, please consider donating to Housing Forward: https://www.housingforward.org.

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