Joseph Blase Lyznicki, 91, of Plainfield, IL, passed away on Thursday June 9, 2022. He was born on December 25, 1930, in Berwyn, IL, to Frances (nee Templin) and Joseph Lyznicki. Beloved husband of 22 years to Joan Marie Lyznicki (nee Ahern). Dear father of Daniel (Betsy), James (Carole), Linda Pizzo (Paul), Nancy Cox, John (Tina), Diane Hicks (Scott), and Joseph (Mary). Grandfather of 23 and Great Grandfather of 11. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothea (Kriz), his son Mark Robert and Siblings Eugene Lynn (Florence), Lillian Noreiko (Joseph), and Reverend Edmund Lyznicki. Joe grew up in Argo, IL, and attended St. Rita High School class of 1948. He went on to serve in the Marine Corp. Reserve (1948-50) and a Staff Sergeant in the US Army seeing action in Korea (1953-54). He attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a degree in Education (Biology). Later he went back to Northern Illinois University and earned a master’s degree in School Administration. Joe worked as an educator for his entire life; first as a science teacher and administrator in District 228, Eisenhower High School, and later in administration in Brookwood School District 167 (Glenwood, IL). He retired in 1990 after 35 years. Helping young people achieve was a passion for Joe and he did it well. Throughout his life and after retirement, Joe worked numerous part-time jobs. He enjoyed being busy and expanding his network of cherished friends. Joe was a long-time member of St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield, IL where he often served as a Lector. Through his life he was active in local school boards, church men’s clubs, umpiring in little league, the Kiwanis Club, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Joe enjoyed collecting stamp, coin, and sports memorabilia, gardening, finding treasures at local flea markets, and watching all Chicago sports teams. He also developed a crack for cooking, and a passion for homemade chicken soup. Most of all Joe loved to spend time with his family. If he could not be there in person, he never missed giving his children and grandchildren a special call on a birthday, graduation, or other special event. His thoughtfulness, generosity, and infectious smile will be greatly missed by friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or Ascension Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence. A Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 14, 2022, from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at Overman Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 15219 S. Joliet Road, Plainfield IL 60544. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 :30 AM at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 Illinois Rte 59, Plainfield, IL 60544. Interment will take place at Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum, 6001 W. 111th Street, Alsip, IL 60803. For more information, please call 815 -436-9221.
Published by Chicago Tribune on Jun. 12, 2022.
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