Joseph Monti, 81

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Teacher, world-traveler, music lover

Joseph L. Monti, 81, of Oak Park and formerly of Cicero and Berwyn, died on June 8, 2019. Born on Oct. 12, 1937, he was the son of Joseph (deceased) and Katherine (deceased, nee Marfia). Legally blind for most of his life, he was a high school science and math teacher for 34 years at De La Salle Institute in Chicago, where he was also a successful chess coach. He earned a B.S. in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.A. in Education from DePaul University. 

A composer, pianist, and singer who loved antiquing and traveling the world with his wife, he was also an animal and nature lover, enjoyed going to movies, operas, and orchestral performances and was an avid fan of all of Chicago's sport teams. Active in the two churches of his adult life (St. Christopher's of Oak Park and St. Michael's of Berwyn), serving both parishes as warden on the vestry and as a stewardship leader, he also was an officer of the Illinois chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. 

Joseph Monti was the husband of Mary M. Monti (nee Stanford) for nearly 57 years; the father of Joseph (Brenda), David (Brenda) and the late Amy Monti; and the grandfather of Isabel, Peter, Aaron and Alyssa. 

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 19 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Berwyn's Adolf Funeral Home, 2921 S. Harlem Ave. The funeral will be celebrated on Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 545 S. East Ave. in Oak Park, followed by interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Stickney. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (, the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind (, or the National Federation of the Blind (

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