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Jesse Chavez

July 24, 1954April 17, 2021
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Jesse Chavez, 66 of Mokena, IL passed away, Saturday, April 17, 2021 with his forever loving family at his side. He was a devoted husband of 40 years to Lolita (nee Aguilar). Immensely loved father to Jacquelyn (Robert) and Jake (Alicia), cherished papa to Emma, Liam and Lucas. Survived by his siblings Joseph, Julie (Maury), John, Joanne (David), and Jerry and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother James and parents Joe and Josephina Chavez.

Jesse guarded a well-kept secret of being given the honor of a 1980 World Series ring for the Philadelphia Phillies. A glimpse of the humble man he was. He channeled his passion for baseball through coaching children including his son and grandson and even encouraged his granddaughter to play. His other passion was boxing and was awarded the City-Wide Chicago Park District Boxing Championship the day his brother was born.

This man put everyone before himself often doing without to provide for others and always giving back to less fortunate families during Christmas. He always spoke of his admiration for Roberto Clemente, his all-time favorite baseball player for doing the same. Jesse’s strongest passion was his family. He was immensely dedicated to his children and had an undying devotion to his wife, always making sure she was taken care of and protected. He has taken her heart with him as they will always and forever be together in spirit. His strong faith in our Lord together with his wife and children, carried him through his last breath. He was the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” - Lou Gehrig.

Donations in lieu of flowers to Chicago Parks Foundation would be greatly appreciated, In Memory of: Jesse Chavez. Donations can be made via the link below and will be directed to Harrison Park Youth Programs.

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E190660&id=6 1. Donors would click “I would like to dedicate this donation.” 2. Donor would select Tribute Type: “In Memory Of” 3. Donor would type in Tribute Name: Jesse Chavez Donations can also be sent via check made to Chicago Parks Foundation, in Memo section please place “In Memory of Jesse Chavez”

Mailing Address: Chicago Parks Foundation 541 N Fairbanks Court Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago Parks Foundation is 501c3 partner of the Chicago parks. Our mission is to build a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving our city’s parks. Our goal is to help park users and lovers become park givers and stewards. The Chicago Parks Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, FEIN Tax ID #45-4866050. Please consult with your tax advisor for tax deduction direction for your gift.

Visitation will be held Thursday April 22 from 3 PM to 8 PM at Orland Funeral Home 9900 W. 143rd. St., Orland Park. Family and friends will meet Friday April 23 at St. Mary Catholic Church 19515 115th. Ave., in Mokena for 10 AM Mass. Interment to follow at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery, Orland Park.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, April 23, 2021

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Jackie Bermingham

April 26, 2021

A note from Jesse’s daughter....

Friday I watched as they buried the love of my Moms life, my children’s Papa, my Daddy. It was surreal & life will never be the same, ever. I want to thank every single person for making it out to the wake and/or funeral, everyone who has texted or called with their condolences. We will never forget those that were so supportive. It was overwhelming to see how many people came to the wake. We knew my Dad was special & we knew that he did a lot for others but we were still shocked at how many more people came out of the woodwork. He really did touch so many peoples lives & it was amazing to hear their stories of him & it was comforting to hear how he spoke of us, his immediate family, often to others.

Jackie Bermingham

April 26, 2021

(Continued from above)

I want to extend a really special thank you to my future sister-in-law Alicia for not only being there for my brother but for us as well. My Dad grew to love her so quickly, as did we. Also, a sincere thank you to my husband Robert for writing the most beautiful eulogy. It was everything & more. He told beautiful stories of my Dad & helped paint the picture of the man we knew and loved. Not a lot of people got to see that side of my Dad but it shows, not only in the stories, but also at the tremendous amount of support that we have received this last week. My favorite part of my husband & Dad was when Rob would make my Dad laugh. If you knew my Dad, you knew it was hard to get a true laugh out of him but Rob did it and I loved it. My Dad took care of a lot of people but the person he took care of the most was the love of his life. He would do anything for her & anything to protect her and she would do the same for him. They would have been married for 40 years this year & they have a love that is like no other. I am fortunate enough to have chosen a man that takes care of me the way my father has taken care of my mother & I feel so blessed.

Jackie Bermingham

April 26, 2021

(Continued from above)

Life will never be the same but the love, loyalty & respect that my parents have instilled in my brother & I will help to guide us through the most difficult time in our life thus far. Together, along with our spouses and children, we will be there for each other no matter what, because that’s what you do for family that you love & we love each other “Always and Forever”

Joanne Chavez Buchanan

April 22, 2021

John A. Viramontes

April 21, 2021

Prizefighting fans were super-excited after learning boxing legend Julio César Chávez Sr. was to make a summer 1995 public appearance for a few sparring matches across several days at the Chicago International Amphitheater. During those afternoons, many fans showed up. Once inside the arena, I got a nice surprise when I met up with cousin Jesse; we chatted all things sports. Like everyone else, we anxiously waited for our champion hero to enter the ring. Eventually Jesse and I saw Julio Chávez’ attractive wife Amalia casually stroll towards ringside with Cesar Jr., their 9-year-old son. Jesse and I also spotted one of Chávez’ boxing trainers, the gray-haired and balding Don Cristóbal Rosas. Like many events that happened an awfully long time ago, I can’t remember if I ever shared with Jesse any of my photos of boxer Chávez or not. In our family album is a black and white photo of Jesse’s father R.I.P. José Chávez Sr., looking sharp at fighting weight, a winner posed in boxing gloves and boxing trunks. From familia Viramontes, our dad Antonio, my brother Quito and yours truly: R.I.Power Jesse Chávez..Que Descanse En Paz…Amor Eterno…

Scott Shepherd

April 21, 2021

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Lo and the family at this time of sorrow and loss of a good husband, father, grandpa, and friend

René J Jáquez

April 20, 2021

I’m happy to have known Jesse and to have had him as a friend. We often spent time going to the gym and then eating Maxwell street polish sausages, Italian beef sandwiches and Lawrence fish. I will miss that relationship and sorry that he was taken from us so prematurely. He will be remembered by many.

Pat and Dan Pecina

April 20, 2021

Jesse has been much more than a good friend to Dan and I. He was always warm, caring, and upbeat. He cared about you. We have so many cherished lifetime memories of great conversations, laughter and tears that will always be in our heart and soul. One of our favorite vacations was our summertime road trip to Wisconsin. Walking around antiquing and wanting more of grandma’s pumpkin pie (but she only made one that night) at the fish fry, and the homey pancake breakfast at the Grey Lion Inn. What fun we had! His deep love for Lola is a true love story, and the love for his family. He will be missed and remembered always and forever.

LaVae Aguilar

April 20, 2021

Jesse took it upon himself to help my daughter on several occasions of which she will be the first to witness his kindness to her. He loved to talk to my boys too. He was a good listener and would give them good advice. They all loved their Uncle Jesse.

Oralia Hernandez

April 19, 2021

Those who know Jesse would say that he was a quiet man but once you got to know him he would open up to you. Touch on the subject he cared about about like staying healthy and vitamins there was no stopping him. But, what I most admired of this great man was how he loved his family and especially the unconditional love he had for my dear friend Loli, his wife. As he is now in the presence of our loving God I pray that this kind of love is shared with those left behind.
My condolences to the whole family and may God comfort your hearts in this difficult time. Love Oralia

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30th Wedding Anniversary
Cancun

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Together again

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From Jesse Valentines Day 2021 “God so loved me he gave me you”

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