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OBITUARY

Louis "Lou" C. Warchol

November 21, 1930January 28, 2020
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Louis C Warchol, 89, of Niles, IL and Fort Myers, FL passed away on January 28th after having a stroke on December 24th.

Lou is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edwina Warchol (nee Hildenbrand); his children Debbie Wilkie Spellman (Richard); Curtis Warchol (Kate) and Stacey Shymanik (Adam Schroeder); and his seven grandchildren Kristen Wilkie, Michael Wilkie, Allie Warchol, Kyle Warchol, Max Warchol, Adam Shymanik and Connor Shymanik. He is predeceased by his brothers Raymond Warchol, Bernard Warchol and his sister Dorothy Serafin.

Lou was born on November 21, 1930 to Matthew and Marie Warchol in Chicago. He is a graduate of Weber High School, the University of Illinois Chicago and John Marshall Law School. He had a private law practice for nearly 60 years in downtown Chicago where he specialized in personal injury and real estate law. Lou was dedicated to his profession and respected for his intellect by his peers, judges and clients throughout his career which lasted well into his 80’s.

On June 15, 1958 he married the love his life, “Winnie” and they had three children together, Debbie, Curt and Stacey. They built their dream house in Bunker Hill Estates in 1966 and resided there to this day. In 2004 they became “snowbirds” at Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers, FL where they enjoyed golf, tennis and an abundance of new friends. Lou was a devoted family man with seven cherished grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. His friendships lasted entire lifetimes and he was always there to support people when they needed his help. Lou adored travelling and learning about the world which he was fortunate to do with the people he loved most for all of his life. While he was a very serious attorney, he was forever the life of the party and epitomized the word “fun”. He could turn even the most mundane experience into something memorable. His absence in our daily lives will leave an unfathomable void in our hearts.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 31 from 3pm-8pm at Malec & Sons Funeral Home - 6000 N. Milwaukee Chicago. Final Viewing Prayers from the funeral home 10:30 am on Saturday, February 1. Funeral mass will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 1 at St. Mary of the Woods Church – 7033 N. Moselle Ave, Chicago. There will be a celebration of life luncheon immediately following the funeral mass. Please bring/wear your favorite fun hat in honor of Lou. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.org).

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Final Viewing Prayers Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Mass of Resurrection Saturday, February 1, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment Private

Memories

Louis "Lou" C. Warchol

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HELEN SWALLOW

February 17, 2020

We were in Texas when we heard of our dear friend Louie going home to heaven.. Memories we have the best, Lou was always the the guy at the parties with the smile on his face that he was glad to see ya.. and that is the way we will always remember him.. Winnie may God help you and your family through this very sad time...You were blessed to have had him as part of life.. sincerely Dick &Helen

Paula Tracey-Graller

February 10, 2020

Dear Winnie + Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Lou's passing. I have such fond memories of him and your family and all the fun, music and laughter we had, especially around the holidays. It's unbelievable that he and my Dad passed so close together - makes grieving that much sadder.
I am sorry I wasn't able to come to his wake, but I am recovering from major back surgery. I wanted you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in his happy memories.

Joe and Mary Zajac

February 1, 2020

Joe and I are so saddened about the passing of Lou. I can picture him out in the garage at their Florida home. He was always busy, tinkering with something or washing the car. He had so much ambition. I know your entire family must be so much at a loss with his passing. We are praying for all of you.

Love,

Joe and Mary Zajac

Jerry & Melanie Coles

February 1, 2020

It’s with a sad heart Jerry & I express our deepest sympathy to The Warchol Family. Winnie, know we are beside you right this very minute, We Love you. We wish we could wash away your sadness, but know you are in our thoughts & prayers.
All AAflights out of Kansas City Airport ( Thurs-Sat) were over booked because of Kansas City Chiefs’ Fans flying to Miami for the Super Bowl. ,,,, or we would be there with Winnie & you all.
How many Funny Lou Warchol stories can be told,,,, let me count the ways! How about the Tiki Hut in Cape Coral, FL ,,, when Lou became best buds with the motor cycle gang & they let him wear their clothes, and then he danced the night away to 50’s music by The Del Prados
He always made friends with whomever & wherever we may be... no matter which country!
God Love Lou Warchol, May he Rest In Peace .
We will treasure the Ever lasting Fond Memories of Lou.
God Bless.🙏🏻

SHELDON MIGDAL

January 31, 2020

Winnie and family
Lou's smiling face, so beautifully depicted in the memorial photo, captures him exactly as we will always remember him.
Please know that he was always a pleasure to be with and we will miss him.
Fondly
Shelly & Babs Migdal

Mike Hermes

January 31, 2020

Lots of wonderful memories with Lou and Winnie.

Love,

Mike

John Baran

January 31, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Warchol family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. John & Linda Baran

Debbie Groover

January 31, 2020

We have made a donation, in memory of Lou, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Wish we could be there with you to celebrate Lou's life. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

We send our most sincere condolences.
The Groover Family

Debbie Groover

January 30, 2020

I will always remember the times hanging out on the lawn, in Williams Bay, and playing volleyball. Lou made the best Mai Tais.

For years there was a funny photo hanging up in the boat house of Lou wearing one of Bill Stelle's speedos over his trunks. That always made me smile.

I have many fond memories of Lou as I am sure all of us do. He will be remembered.

My most sincere condolences to you, Winnie, and your entire family.

Debbie Groover

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Biography

Louis C Warchol, 89, of Niles, IL and Fort Myers, FL passed away on January 28th after having a stroke on December 24th.

Lou is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edwina Warchol (nee Hildenbrand); his children Debbie Wilkie Spellman (Richard); Curtis Warchol (Kate) and Stacey Shymanik (Adam Schroeder); and his seven grandchildren Kristen Wilkie, Michael Wilkie, Allie Warchol, Kyle Warchol, Max Warchol, Adam Shymanik and Connor Shymanik. He is predeceased by his brothers Raymond Warchol, Bernard Warchol and his sister Dorothy Serafin.

Lou was born on November 21, 1930 to Matthew and Marie Warchol in Chicago. He is a graduate of Weber High School, the University of Illinois Chicago and John Marshall Law School. He had a private law practice for nearly 60 years in downtown Chicago where he specialized in personal injury and real estate law. Lou was dedicated to his profession and respected for his intellect by his peers, judges and clients throughout his career which lasted well into his 80’s.

On June 15, 1958 he married the love his life, “Winnie” and they had three children together, Debbie, Curt and Stacey. They built their dream house in Bunker Hill Estates in 1966 and resided there to this day. In 2004 they became “snowbirds” at Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers, FL where they enjoyed golf, tennis and an abundance of new friends. Lou was a devoted family man with seven cherished grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. His friendships lasted entire lifetimes and he was always there to support people when they needed his help. Lou adored travelling and learning about the world which he was fortunate to do with the people he loved most for all of his life. While he was a very serious attorney, he was forever the life of the party and epitomized the word “fun”. He could turn even the most mundane experience into something memorable. His absence in our daily lives will leave an unfathomable void in our hearts.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 31 from 3pm-8pm at Malec & Sons Funeral Home - 6000 N. Milwaukee Chicago. Final Viewing Prayers from the funeral home 10:30 am on Saturday, February 1. Funeral mass will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 1 at St. Mary of the Woods Church – 7033 N. Moselle Ave, Chicago. There will be a celebration of life luncheon immediately following the funeral mass. Please bring/wear your favorite fun hat in honor of Lou. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.org).