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Orland Funeral Home

9900 W 143Rd St, Orland Park, IL

OBITUARY

Edward Joseph Kudia

18 March , 192713 May , 2019

Edward Joseph Kudia, age 92, of Orland Park, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2019. Loving husband of 69 years to Bernadine F. Kudia; Beloved father to Michael (Colleen), John (Lisa), Richard, and Mark; Cherished grandfather to Kathleen (Lyttleton), Michael, Joy, Joseph, Shane, and Madelyn; Dear brother to Ignatius, Mary, Frank, Emil, Charles, Josephine, George, and Eddie; “Uncle Eddie” to many nieces and nephews. WWII Marine Veteran; Longtime Southsider, White Sox fan, and gardener. Ed will always be remembered for his jokes and one liners that made everyone laugh, even when re-told numerous times. Memorial Mass will be at 10:45 AM on Thursday, May 23rd, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Ave, Orland Park. Interment Private.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Thursday, 23 May , 2019

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Chriz Reinhart

24 May 2019

I have so many memories of Uncle Eddie. He loved to dance, especially polkas. At our massive family weddings, he would ask us nieces to dance with him. It was always so much fun. He had a smile on his face while spinning around that room.

When I was little he would call me (and likely all his nieces), his "little tomato." I thought it was my red hair that I shared with Aunt Bernie.

He always had a smile and joke to share. Family get togethers weren't complete without him and Aunt Bernie.

When we were young, my sister and I stayed at their house when dad was up at Mayo. It was during the summer. Aunt Bernie would take us shopping and I remember getting a gumball machine. We saw a baseball game with Rich but really went for the free bats. I still have mine. Days were spent floating in their pool. No one else I knew had such a treat. I learned to swim there.

Family parties at their house were big to-dos. The parties were so much fun. As kids, we ran around with cousins we hadn't seen all year while the adults caught up.

You left wonderful memories for us all, Uncle Eddie. You will be missed.

Love you,
Your Little Tomato

Amy Lulich

23 May 2019

I have such fond memories of growing up next door "Mr. Ed" as the neighborhood kids called him. I loved watching him take care of his garden each spring and summer, and remember him sharing cherries from the tree. He was kind, funny and always had something interesting to say. I know my grandparents used to enjoy talking with him during warm days outside, in between our respective houses.

My deepest thoughts and prayers for Bernie and the rest of your family. I hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you shared with him.

Bob and Judy Kudia

23 May 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! We loved Uncle Ed and will miss his smile, humor, and love for his family. We are so sad with the loss of such a wonderful man. God bless Uncle Ed and keep him in his loving arms. Until we meet again!!
Love, Bob, Judy, Jessica, Dylan and Abby Kudia

Paul Tisoncik

23 May 2019

I wish I could be there today to take part in his memorial mass. I have great memories of Me. Kudia. He will be missed. Prayers for all .

Love

Paul Tisoncik

Phil Switalski

16 May 2019

So many memories growing up through St. Simon Parish and always visiting one another’s homes, and the statue of Mary in their front room for visitation and prayers, Playing on the backyard swing set, families together attending so many weddings and special occasions, later in Palos eating home made ice cream in the garage and playing horse shoes and volleyball at get togethers. And then in Orland being present with my (late) life long friend and avid White Sox fan Gerard once again in the Kudia’s garage when the fire works were throughout the sky celebrating the White Sox accomplishments and victories. Always got to hear Ed’s jokes and appreciate the simple joy Ed brought to everyone. Watch over us all, Peace be with you (Uncle) Ed....

Lydia Massura Berry

15 May 2019

Ed was a few years ahead of me in school. We hung around with a group of kids in front of Tybor's store at 51st and Rockwell. Eddie taught me how to jitterbug. I felt special because I was only in 8th grade and the rest were older. I can remember jitterbugging with him at some event at St. Simon's some years later when the Sodality had their dances. It's a great memory.

Phyllis Kozak

15 May 2019

I had to be about five years old, at a family wedding, when I had my first dance. Of course it was Uncle Eddie who asked me and naturally it was a polka. I told him that I didn’t know how to polka and he said with the biggest smile on his face, I’ll show you. Ever since then, at other family events, when a polka started up, Uncle Eddie would ask me to dance. He made me feel so very special that he would always remember and ask me to dance with him. Uncle Eddie exuded so much positive energy and had such a zest for life and knew how to make others feel good. I love you Uncle Eddie and miss you... until we dance once again.

Theresa Kudia

15 May 2019

After the death of my father, George Kudia, Uncle Ed became my second Dad. The memories are too numerous to tell. My favorite memories were of going to Midway Airport each month in summer to welcome home the Honor Flight participants

Barbara Cauthen

15 May 2019

I have so many memories of Uncle Eddie and Aunt Bernie both as a child growing up and as an adult The one that immediately comes to mind is going to Brookfield Zoo, three of us, Theresa, David and myself along with their four boys The seven kids must have looked like a school outing We had so much fun that day and the many others where we were included in their family outings
Uncle Eddie you will be missed

Sara Joe

15 May 2019

Condolences to the Family. I had the privilege of knowing him, even though it was only for 2 weeks in the early 2000s. Theresa Kudia and I stayed in his household during our Chicago visit . Every morning we ( the two early birds ) would have kripsy Kreme donuts, read newspaper, and drink coffee and just talk about current events. He was an easy person to talk to and I considered him an Uncle also.
(This is from Sara Joe, a Navajo Indian friend of Theresa Kudia)

FROM THE FAMILY