OBITUARY

Joseph Frank Drtina

13 September, 196314 October, 2020
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Facebook Live on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Chapel Service at 6:30 pm.

Joseph Frank Drtina, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Joseph was born September 13, 1963 to his parents Anna and Joseph Drtina. Loving brother of Anita (Casimir) Gorski and Joanne (Wally) Newcomb. Beloved uncle of Danny and Alex and dear cousin. Joseph had many friends from Chicago to L.A. Cherished friendship, his sisters from L.A. Rachael (the late Trish) and their children Faith and the late Sky. Preceded in death by his parents Anna and Joseph Drtina.

Joseph enjoyed traveling and get togethers with friends. An avid Cubs fan. Watching the Honeymooners and Golden Girls.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Joseph can be made to ASPCA at ASPCA.org or Villalobos Recue Center by visiting vrcpitbull.com

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountAuburnFuneralHome.com for the Drtina family.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Mount Auburn Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services at a time. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear facemasks.

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CAROLINE KING

22 October 2020

ANITA

PEACE AND BLESSING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

MAY THE MEMORIES GIVE YOU COMFORT

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Fatena Atiq

21 October 2020

When you grow up during your childhood there are subtle moments in time that etch in our hearts. One of those moments was growing up next to an amazing family. That family as I knew it would become the outline of what I can consider to be one of the very first friends I ever had. To me it was like living next door to Mr. Rogers neighborhood because that's just how this family always made me feel. Such good people and warm hearts that as time went by and their family moved away your heart always gravitated to thoughts of them, wondering how they all were doing... Unfortunately, I was very young and we lost touch since then but those memories remained. So many beautiful childhood happy memories. 💕 Peace and love my friend. You will be missed forever in our hearts. Rest in peace Joey/little Joe.🙏💙

Laura Valenzuela

19 October 2020

I have posted already but am so again because Joe and I were childhood and adult friends we went to grade school together. Joe I still don't believe this all the childhood memories of laughter having been coming up you were su

Bridget Stewart

19 October 2020

The world has lost an angel. I am so sorry to your family, of whom you loved more than anyone could ever express. I remember how much you were looking forward to being back with them before you left LA. I cherish our memories and sitting at your table at Eleven to watch the parade. I’ll never forget how sweet you were introducing me to your dearest friends. Joe, you were loved so much. I will miss you.

Denise Thrumbel

18 October 2020

Prayers to the Drtina family for the loss of a beautiful person! May your memories bring peace. Proud to call you my friend.
High school blasts!! The laughs we had !! Great times will always be remembered!
Best,
Denise Thrumbel

Michele Kielbasa

18 October 2020

"Uncle Joe"

Thank you for loving dogs. We met at Morton College and I hung out with the gang. We lost touch and then became friends on Facebook. I liked all your dog posts. You were in the right place at the right time when you posted about a sweet abandoned dog that needed a home. I had been looking for a new dog as I had recently lost one. I started to ask questions and that was it, you told the rescuer that's where she's going. Claire moved in the next day. You were then able to hang out with her and get to know her along with her friends, Beau, and Teddy. You loved them and they loved you. We did great long walks by the River with the dogs and Teddy would sit on your lap on the way home with his head out the window. Ruff life! Rest well my friend. You are missed. We will think of you on our River walks! I chose this picture because of the rainbow in it.

David & Kathy Lorkiewicz

18 October 2020

Three things were certain when Joe was around: Talking about the Cubbies and how unbelievable the 2016 World Series was, retelling dozens of wonderful memories and stories of growing up together (which he remembered verbatim), and laughter until tears ran down our cheeks. I know right now you are sharing those stories with all the angels in heaven. We will miss you our dear friend. Until we meet again.

Janet Kralovec

18 October 2020

First my condolences to his family for a loss of a wonderful, caring person full of personality, spirit and love for life and human kind! Ever vivacious and good natured, I met Joe four years ago and we became fast friends from the onset of our meeting. He was bigger than life and always happy to accommodate a friend in need! He touched the lives of all those he met and will leave an imprint on all those hearts! Love and hugs! Janet kralovec and family

Therese Pokryfke

18 October 2020

I know that Jay already posted something from the both of us but I wanted to post an unforgettable memory with Joe. He proudly told this story to people whenever we were together. Last time he told it was 2 years ago at the SIU Phi Sig reunion.

Joe introduced me to Jay when I was a lifeguard at Manor Pool and Joe was my boss. Jay and his sister, Deanne, came to the pool to see Joe and I asked Joe to introduce me to Jay.

He said, “Listen, Hooks (my nickname at the pool), I’m not in the matchmaking business.”

I said, “Come on, Joe, it’s not like I’m going to marry the guy!”

Fast forward, October 27th it will be 30 years that I married the guy!
Joe took credit for introducing us and I am forever grateful for that and for him and his friendship.

Rob Gorski

18 October 2020

Joey,

I always felt like you were my brother in law; but you were really a brother. We shared so many family times together, Christmas, Easter, whenever there was a gathering by Anita and Casey, we always got to talk, laugh and talk more. I enjoyed our talks, mostly reciting the Honeymooners word for word, laughing loudly about something stupid that had just happened, or talking and playing with the dogs.
Memories of coming to visit you in LA, you taking us to dinner (seeing a few stars too), AND showing us the views and sights of Hollywood (while Marilyn slept in the back seat, lol). I remember driving you to the airport a few years ago and the talk we had. And, when my brother was having heart surgery, you picking me up at the airport and telling me it was all going to be all right.
I’m going to miss you; your smile, that laugh and your truly compassionate heart for people and for animals. You were a FRIEND to all! Love you my brother! Heaven is an amazing place and I will one day see you there, hug you and laugh again!

Love, your brother Rob

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Biography

Facebook Live on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Chapel Service at 6:30 pm.

Joseph Frank Drtina, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Joseph was born September 13, 1963 to his parents Anna and Joseph Drtina.
Loving brother of Anita (Casimir) Gorski and Joanne (Wally) Newcomb. Beloved uncle of Danny and Alex and dear cousin. Joseph had many friends from Chicago to L.A. Cherished friendship, his sisters from L.A. Rachael (the late Trish) and their children Faith and the late Sky. Preceded in death by his parents Anna and Joseph Drtina.

Joseph enjoyed traveling and get togethers with friends. An avid Cubs fan. Watching the Honeymooners and Golden Girls.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Joseph can be made to ASPCA at ASPCA.org or Villalobos Recue Center by visiting vrcpitbull.com

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountAuburnFuneralHome.com for the Drtina family.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Mount Auburn Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services at a time. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear facemasks.

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