Alexander Edward Stelmaszczyk

January 26, 1966May 23, 2018
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Alex (“Ahloosh”) Stelmaszczyk, age 52. Beloved husband of Connie. Loving brother of Kristine (Andrew) Kozak. Dearest Uncle of Jim Kozak. Also survived by many loving family members and too many friends to count who were like family. A phenomenal and accomplished musician, Alex graduated from Columbia College and worked at Shure Incorporated for over 20 years. Alex’s true passions in life were family, friends, music and a love of nature. Alex was a rare and genuine individual – what you saw was what you got and what you got was honest, true and loyal. He leaves a large void in the lives of those who knew him and loved him. Visitation will be held on Saturday June 2nd from 3-9 pm with a Celebration of Life service at 7pm at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N. Milwaukee in Chicago


  • Visitation Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, June 2, 2018

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Alberto Gonzalez

June 7, 2018

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Connie and the the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am very sad to hear the news of Alex passing. Alex became one of my best friends at Taft H.S. He was one of the most gifted musicians I have ever met, and to this day, I know few people that can play so many instruments so naturally and with so much emotion and feel. Alex was very honest, very loyal, and a great person to spend time with. It didn't matter if it was playing music, hanging out at the Glen , or the Little Red, he always had a great attitude and just wanted everybody to get along and have a good time. He was amazing at connecting with people and bringing people together through his music. I'll never forget the great times we had, all those crazy summers in High School. You turned me on to so much good music. Him and I went to ChicagoFest and saw back to back Stevie Ray Vaughn sets before Texas Flood was even released. He made me drop everything I was doing and forced me to go with him. Tom this day it was one of the most amazing live shows I've ever seen. Seeing Alex play live was just as cool-the guy was a monster player. Say Hello to heaven my friend.

Parry Tsangaris

June 2, 2018

My sincerest condolences to Alex’s family, he left us far too soon. I had the honor and pleasure of performing with him for several of Shure’s events. Our most memorable performance was playing Zorba the Greek with Alex playing the harmony part to my bouzouki on his guitar. it was totally new to him yet he embraced it, playing it with passion and his heart warming smile. May he Rest In Peace and his memory be eternal.

Michael Pettersen

June 1, 2018

Alex was a wonderful colleague. Every guitarist at Shure appreciated his talent. He will be sorely missed by many. Look out, Jimi, Alex is coming to getcha!

Melissa Kelly

June 1, 2018

I am a long time friend of Alex from Taft High School and my girlfriends and I used to watch Alex and his band play in a basement on the weekends. We loved watching Alex jam and he could basically play anything you wanted to hear. He was a fantastic musician and I had watched him play in several bands after always amazed at his talent!! My daughters were with me and met him about 2 years ago and he started talking music with them and they just loved him too. Alex was also one of the most laid back guys you could ever meet, he was always upbeat and about keeping the peace. I will miss his friendship and watching him jam!! Connie we continue to pray for God to comfort and strengthen you and fill you with His peace and hope!!

Matt Koschak

May 31, 2018

My deepest condolences to Alex's family. Such a great guy. I played with Alex during many performances at Shure and it was always a truly amazing experience. His talent and enthusiasm for music was extraordinary and I enjoyed performing with him immensely. He'll be missed.

Chris Lotesto

May 30, 2018

I always enjoyed watching Alex play guitar in a variety of different scenarios at Shure, he was always in the zone and just seemed like it was where he belonged. We worked together on several occasions over the many years we were at Shure together and it was always a pleasure to be around him. His energy and passion will be missed. My deepest condolences to the Stelmaszczyk family, and to all of his dear friends, may the joy and happiness of his memories carry you through this difficult time.

Scott Snyder

May 29, 2018

As everybody knows, Alex was a one-of-a kind kind of guy, and I will miss him forever. He was an amazing musician (not just guitar but keyboards and bass and drums and vocals etc.) and was like a human jukebox. If you just named a song there was a good likelihood he could play it, and if he couldn't on the spot he would have it down the next day. I don't know anybody else who was as familiar with 60's and 70's (and 80's and 90's and on) music as him, and we had so many long talks about all of these great unknown bands that it seemed like only he (and sometimes I) was familiar with. He was a treasure and a treasure-trove. I never heard him say bad things about other people, even sometimes when they may have deserved it. It just wasn't his style. I also never heard him brag or be arrogant, in situations where a lesser man would be all full of himself. You would never know just how talented he was from a conversation, and I'm so very thankful that I got to hear him make such beautiful music on many occasions. He loved his family and he loved his friends and he loved life. What a great human being, and we're all so lucky to have known him.

Michael Snyder

May 29, 2018

Dear Connie, I am so saddened to learn of your loss. You were such a wonderful person to work with, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time.
-Michael Snyder

Ioana Ligdas

May 27, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to you, Connie, and Family.

John loved Alex so much.

All our sympathy,

Ioana and John Ligdas

George Gullo

May 25, 2018

Alex was smart, funny, generous, and an exceptional musician who left this world too soon but better for his presence. He had a good sense of humor as you can see in this photo where he photo bombs Mrs. Daniels. RIP