George R. Catalano
January 24, 1924 – April 28, 2019
George Robert Catalano was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 21, 1924, the second of four children born to Serafina and Guiseppi Catalano.
Upon graduation from Marshall High School in 1943, he joined the US Army to fight in WWII. He was posted to the 34th Division (Red Bulls), and his tour of duty included North Africa and Italy. He was a Tech 5, operating the backpack radio for his company, which he believed either drew fire or saved his life on many occasions! George landed and fought at Anzio, and attained the rank of Corporal. On July 28th, 1944, he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in a battle just north of Rome.
Upon returning from the war, George took advantage of the G.I. Bill and received a business degree from Bryant and Stratton Business College in Chicago. He worked as an office manager in a number of organizations including Associated Truck Lines, Behrens, Muntz TV, and finally serving as City Administrator for the town of West Chicago, IL.
George enjoyed travel and spending time with family. In addition to traveling abroad and across the US, his annual army reunions were events he cherished as he enjoyed getting together with his buddies and swapping “war stories” over the years. Being a part of the armed forces was one of the greatest sources of pride in his life.
George was someone who enjoyed a conversation, and had a great sense of humor. There was no topic he avoided – including politics and religion! He particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as they were an incredible source of happiness in his life.
George was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings. He leaves behind his wife, Lorraine, as well as three children from a previous marriage: George (Karen) Catalano of Naperville, IL, Gary (JoAnn) Catalano of Bridgeton, N.J, Joel (Anna) Catalano of Sugar Land, TX, four grandchildren: Jeff (Laura) Catalano, Andy Catalano, Carson (Michael) De Fries, and David (Nora) Catalano, and three great-grandchildren: Robbie, Charlie, and Ellie.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or Kindred Hospice.
- Visitation Friday, May 3, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, May 4, 2019