Edward Joseph Kudia

March 18, 1927May 13, 2019

Edward Joseph Kudia, age 92, of Orland Park, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2019. Loving husband of 69 years to Bernadine F. Kudia; Beloved father to Michael (Colleen), John (Lisa), Richard, and Mark; Cherished grandfather to Kathleen (Lyttleton), Michael, Joy, Joseph, Shane, and Madelyn; Dear brother to Ignatius, Mary, Frank, Emil, Charles, Josephine, George, and Eddie; “Uncle Eddie” to many nieces and nephews. WWII Marine Veteran; Longtime Southsider, White Sox fan, and gardener. Ed will always be remembered for his jokes and one liners that made everyone laugh, even when re-told numerous times. Memorial Mass will be at 10:45 AM on Thursday, May 23rd, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Ave, Orland Park. Interment Private.


23 May

Memorial Mass

10:45 am

St. Michael Catholic Church

14327 Highland Avenue
Orland Park, Illinois 60462


Edward Joseph Kudia

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Phil Switalski

May 16, 2019

So many memories growing up through St. Simon Parish and always visiting one another’s homes, and the statue of Mary in their front room for visitation and prayers, Playing on the backyard swing set, families together attending so many weddings and special occasions, later in Palos eating home made ice cream in the garage and playing horse shoes and volleyball at get togethers. And then in Orland being present with my (late) life long friend and avid White Sox fan Gerard once again in the Kudia’s garage when the fire works were throughout the sky celebrating the White Sox accomplishments and victories. Always got to hear Ed’s jokes and appreciate the simple joy Ed brought to everyone. Watch over us all, Peace be with you (Uncle) Ed....

Lydia Massura Berry

May 15, 2019

Ed was a few years ahead of me in school. We hung around with a group of kids in front of Tybor's store at 51st and Rockwell. Eddie taught me how to jitterbug. I felt special because I was only in 8th grade and the rest were older. I can remember jitterbugging with him at some event at St. Simon's some years later when the Sodality had their dances. It's a great memory.

Phyllis Kozak

May 15, 2019

I had to be about five years old, at a family wedding, when I had my first dance. Of course it was Uncle Eddie who asked me and naturally it was a polka. I told him that I didn’t know how to polka and he said with the biggest smile on his face, I’ll show you. Ever since then, at other family events, when a polka started up, Uncle Eddie would ask me to dance. He made me feel so very special that he would always remember and ask me to dance with him. Uncle Eddie exuded so much positive energy and had such a zest for life and knew how to make others feel good. I love you Uncle Eddie and miss you... until we dance once again.

Theresa Kudia

May 15, 2019

After the death of my father, George Kudia, Uncle Ed became my second Dad. The memories are too numerous to tell. My favorite memories were of going to Midway Airport each month in summer to welcome home the Honor Flight participants

Barbara Cauthen

May 15, 2019

I have so many memories of Uncle Eddie and Aunt Bernie both as a child growing up and as an adult The one that immediately comes to mind is going to Brookfield Zoo, three of us, Theresa, David and myself along with their four boys The seven kids must have looked like a school outing We had so much fun that day and the many others where we were included in their family outings
Uncle Eddie you will be missed

Sara Joe

May 15, 2019

Condolences to the Family. I had the privilege of knowing him, even though it was only for 2 weeks in the early 2000s. Theresa Kudia and I stayed in his household during our Chicago visit . Every morning we ( the two early birds ) would have kripsy Kreme donuts, read newspaper, and drink coffee and just talk about current events. He was an easy person to talk to and I considered him an Uncle also.
(This is from Sara Joe, a Navajo Indian friend of Theresa Kudia)

John Kudia

May 15, 2019

I was at home while Dad was on home hospice.Thursday night some time, although semi-conscious, I happened to look over at him, where I noticed such a grand grin/smile on his face, like that of a Cheshire cat, while at the same time rubbing his hands together. It looked as if he had just schemed a sinister plot, or enjoyed a certain heavenly pleasantness.

Tabitha Angus

May 14, 2019

I'll never forget all the gardening tips and tricks he taught me growing up on my visit to illinois, and all the hours he watched me swim till i couldn't swim anymore rest easy uncle Eddie love tabitha