OBITUARY

Leon F Kudzin

November 9, 1938April 16, 2021
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Leon F. Kudzin, 82 of Chicago was born on Nov. 9, 1938 in Ostricourt, France and passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on April 16, 2021.

Leon emigrated to the US at the age of 17 with his mother and siblings and settled in Chicago. Leon was proud to serve in the US Army during the Vietnam Era and continued to participate in Veterans Day and Memorial Day events as well as serve as an election poll volunteer. Leon and Lila, both single widowed parents of young children, met, married, and began life as a blended family in 1970. Leon attended Triton College and supported his family as a Tool and Die Maker. They raised their family in Park Ridge where Leon was often found in his workshop making or fixing things and if you even mentioned a project, he would show up with his tools ready to work. He had a quick wit and a glimmer in his blue eyes when he teased and joked with his family and friends and he always had a smile and a nod for whomever he met. Leon adored his grandchildren and loved to spend time with them. Leon and Lila really enjoyed traveling together and were able to visit both their home countries of France and Poland as well as travel to Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, Spain, England, Belgium, Netherlands, the Caribbean, and Mexico. They moved back to Chicago in 2000 and lived in the home built in 1920 by Lila’s Great Aunt, where Leon continued to use his skills and make upgrades.

He will be dearly missed and is survived by his beloved wife Lila (nee Fiedosiuk) Kudzin; his treasured children Peter Kudzin, Lola (nee Kudzin) Rivera, and Agnes (nee Kragiel) Scheltens; cherished grandchildren Nicolaas, Natalia, Matthew, Sabrina, Andrew, and Grace; his dear siblings Alexandre, Monique, Michel, Marcel, Elaine; and fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Constantin Kudzin and Elisabeth (nee Rapior) Kudzin, by his siblings Isabelle and Jean-Pierre, and by his late wife Franciszka “Barbara” (nee Bortnik) Kudzin.

Memorial service will be on Friday May 14, 2021 at 3pm to 8pm at Malec Funeral Home 6000 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago. Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth of the Trinity at 10am on Saturday May 15.

Services

14 May

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Malec & Sons Funeral Home

6000 North Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

15 May

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish

6020 W. Ardmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646

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Thomas Newton

May 3, 2021

My name is Tom Newton. I am in the same Vietnam Veterans of Chicago group that Leon was in. I just want to convey to the family, my sincerest sympathy regarding Leon's passing. He is and was a standup and honest man that was not afraid of volunteering extra efforts for his fellow veterans. He was always a pleasure to chat with . I will miss his presence and input. Thank you, it is my honor to have known him. Tom Newton.

Chrisi Hank

April 22, 2021

I remember your Dads warm spirit. He was always smiling and trying to make us laugh too.
Now he is watching over his family and smiling

Kate Moylan Mini

April 20, 2021

I have such great memories of visiting Agnes at your lovely home in Park Ridge. Mr Kudzin was always so warm & welcoming whenever I spent the night- such fun, carefree times! I learned so much about French & Polish culture too. What a great life, lived with so much courage, resilience & LOVE! You are all in our prayers during this sad time. Love, Kate

victoria Poklop

April 20, 2021

Lola, Agnes, Peter, and Mrs. Kudzin, I am so sorry for your loss.
Mr. Kudzin was always known to me simply as Lola and Agnes's dad. He always had the brightest eyes, full of mischief and fun. Every time I saw him he made me laugh about something. And so many of my favorite childhood memories took place at 1032 S. Courtland Ave. There were picnics, bar-b-que's, sleep-overs, snow days, a huge backyard, down-filled fluffy comforters, the best snacks ever, homemade crepes, and Mr. and Mrs. Kudzin who always made me feel welcome. Into adulthood, I admired how they loved having all of their kid's friends in the house, no matter how many we were or how loud we got. The doors were always open. Sending you all much love and big, warm, hugs.

Deneen Scamardo-Evola

April 19, 2021

So many wonderful memories of you as we were all growing up. Be at peace now & watch over your family. Mrs. Kudzin, Lola, Pete, Agnes and the rest of the family we are keeping all of you in our prayers. -Deneen & Family

Carey Kudzin

April 18, 2021

Carey Kudzin

April 18, 2021

Carey Kudzin

April 18, 2021

I am glad to say that you were a part of my life for so many years. You made an effort to be there for myself and my children. You will be missed.

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