Fred M. La Giglia Jr.
June 21, 1948 – January 9, 2021
Fred M. La Giglia Jr, age 72, Air Force National Guard Veteran, died peacefully on January 9, 2021. Cherished son of the late Fred Sr. and Jeanette, to whom Fred Jr. was deeply devoted. Loving brother of Frank Michael. A graduate of Marquette University, Fred worked as an engineer for Cook County until his retirement. He is remembered for being kind and easy-going, a great softball player and a lover of good Italian food. Fred was also an avid golfer and black jack player. His faith and his extended family were of utmost importance to Fred and he will be missed by his dear friends and by multiple generations of cousins, some of whom called him “Uncle Fred.”
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fred’s memory to the Liver Foundation.org or the Gary Sinise Foundation honoring veterans, first responders and defenders; see links below. The family is also grateful to the care given Fred by the Intensive Care staff at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, IL.
A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 10621 S. Kedvale Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 at 10:30 am, followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th St., Alsip, IL 60803.
EVERYONE ATTENDING THE FUNERAL MASS MUST BE REGISTERED IN ADVANCE. MASKS ARE MANDATORY. Link to register for Church – https://www.facebook.com/stcatherinesoaklawn
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Fred M. La Giglia Jr.
January 22, 2021
Last hand Fred! Fred was the kindest man to deal to (even when losing). Sure, he could get cranky....but who can't? He was one of my favorites to deal blackjack to, and I was actually looking forward to seeing him when we reopened. When he didn't show up this morning on reopening day, I was sad. Once he told me I had the most beautiful eyes. ♡♡♡ Thank you for that Fred! You sweet talker you!
I'll never forget him! R.I.P.
Denise La Giglia
January 20, 2021
Whenever Fred came over for a holiday dinner, he insisted on bringing a dessert. It was usually a delicious chocolate cake he’d buy at the grocery store or a couple of times he brought a huge box of pastries. Fred was pretty much always the first one to arrive and the first one to leave. Given his consistent behavior (summed up in “time to leave, goodbye, no lingering”), sometimes he wouldn’t stay for dessert and never even had a taste of the dessert he brought. Even if dessert was being put on the table, when it was time to go, that was it. And he’d never want to take anything home with him. Fred, we’re going to miss you around our table. We’re glad you came early so that we could visit a bit before all the family came over and could enjoy a little quieter time together. Thanks for the sweets. Always very thoughtful. Love you, Fred. - Cousin Frank and Dee
January 16, 2021
Freddie, thank you for always keeping in touch with us with letters and phone calls. We are grateful for our most recent visit with you at the Italian restaurant.
Keep on dancing, Freddie!!
You will be missed but not forgotten.
With much love dear cousin, Linda and Tom
Maria (Gurgone) Fennewald
January 15, 2021
Freddy Boy, you will be missed!
I remember as young cousins, with the aunts meeting at Wimpy’s for lunch. God bless our
Aunts!! One can imagine, there
was never a dull moment with over ten cousins!! Freddy Boy, you were always protective of the two (Gurgone) sisters!! You always wanted us to be part of the
clan. I thank you for that. Rest In Peace, our cousin!!
January 13, 2021
I always thought Freddy was someone who took care of his family when they were in need. Surely he did the same for extended family members and friends. Freddy and all his family & friends - you are on my mind and in my heart. For those of us who grieve the loss of Freddy, I quote Helen Kubler Ross "Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose". Cousin Terry Golden.
Julianne & Kevin Corsiatto
January 13, 2021
Uncle Fred, as we called him, came over to our house in Oak Lawn a few years back and taught us how to make his mom’s sauce and meatballs. We had such a fun day - he had no “official recipe” to give us - it was all in his head and it came out perfect! Afterwards, we had a delicious pasta dinner together! We will hold that memory, amongst so many others, in our hearts forever! Thank you Uncle Fred for sharing that day with us and thank you for your gentle, kind demeanor! We love you and will miss you!
Michael La Giglia La Giglia
January 12, 2021
Freddy Boy, as he was referred to with love by most of us cousins was only 2 yrs. older than me but I really looked up to him. I wanted to be like Freddy. Comb my hair like Freddy, dress like Freddy and even walk like Freddy Boy. I used to love to go smelt fishing on the lake front with Uncle Fred, Frank Michael and of course Freddy. Every May, my Dad brothers and I would pile into a car,notice a car. One vehicle, we would all cram into one car.......with my Uncle and Cousins! I loved it because I was hanging out with Freddy.
Later in life during the 1970s, Freddy and I served together in the military and enjoyed flying all over the country on weekends to nice places with the Air Force National Gaurd. I will miss U Cuz! Love U!