Charles Stuart Lippa

November 19, 1933May 3, 2019

Charles Stuart Lippa has passed away peacefully on May 3, 2019 at the age of 85 in Springfield, Illinois.

He was born on November 19, 1933 to David and Pearl Lippa in Chicago, Illinois. Charles is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn and brother, Robert Lippa, in addition to all of his precious children and grandchildren

Chuck served proudly in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1954 to 1956 and was honorably discharged with letters of appreciation from his Battalion and company commanders. Following his Associate’s Degree, which he earned from Wright Junior College, he continued to study at Chicago State University and obtained his teaching degree. Later, he chose to study at DePaul University of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1961. He conducted a private practice in Chicago until 1971, and he was appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission in Springfield, Illinois as Hearing Examiner. Retiring from state service in 1991, he was distinguished with citation for meritorious service by the Governor of Illinois. Charles was a member of the local, state, and national Bar Association. He also served on the Endowment Board of DePaul University.

Charles married Elisabeth Newman on June 26, 1956. Together, they raised six children in Chicago and Springfield; Gregg (LeeAnn) Lippa, Jeff Lippa, Cherrie (Wayne) Worker, Debra (Rex) Graham, Denise (Jill) Lippa, and Laura (Patrick) Call. Additionally, his legacy lives on in his eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In 1990, Charles remarried to Carolyn Canavan and gained an additional love family, including five children; Kathy Rakes Diane Canavan, Carole (Robert) Juranek, Michael (Donna) Canavan, and Maureen (Patrick) O’Connor, as well as nine grandchildren.

Chuck was an avid traveler with a lifelong curiosity about people, places, ideas, and history. He loved taking his family on new adventures and his fastidious recordings of vacations are an ongoing treasure. He approached all of his endeavors with pride and thoughtful intellect. He will be deeply missed. May his memory be a blessing.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, where visitation will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 10:30 am until time of the funeral service at 11:30 am. Rabbi Michael Datz will officiate. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, with military honors being provided by the U.S. Army.

In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to honor his memory with donations to his favorite charities; The American Heart Association, Parkinson’s Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Temple B’rith Sholom, or the Springfield Jewish Federation.

Please visit the online obituary at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • American Heart Association
  • Parkinson's Foundation
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Temple B'rith Sholom
  • Springfield Jewish Federation


  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2019


Charles Stuart Lippa

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Sulie Greendale-Paveza

May 10, 2019

Chuck was in the service when Gregg was born. My Mother and I drove Liz and the baby home...I held him in the back seat (I was 7 years old, and so afraid he would break)!!. We were at their apartment when he came home to meet his new son. I will never forget that smile the first time he held his son, and that same smile for each of my cousins as the family grew. My love to all my cousins...

Cherrie Worker

May 7, 2019

My Dad was the kind of guy I could share my triumphs and my biggest fears with, knowing I would be cheered enthusiastically or consoled, advised lovingly, depending on the situation. My favorite memory is this: when it was my turn to get to go to work with Dad in downtown Chicago, he proudly introduced me to his co-workers, he showed me how the Picasso statue could look like a man's profile, and then we went to the Ham 'n Egger for a delicious lunch. Unforgettable.

Carl Dufner

May 7, 2019

I worked with Chuck at the Illinois Commerce. Commission and he was a true friend. I always enjoyed our conversations and his friendship. He was a true professional and enjoyed life. He also taught me how to plug a watermelon during a summer office picnic!

Heather Witmer

May 6, 2019

Chuck was such a wonderful addition to our family when he met and married my Aunt Carolyn. We were all so happy for her, that she found such a kind guy to spend the rest of her life with. I remember all of Chuck's smiles and hugs and he had a way of looking at you when you were talking to him as if you were the only one in the room. He was so caring and always a good listener. I will miss him and my heart goes out to my aunt, my cousins, and his children during this difficult time.

Denise Lippa

May 6, 2019

Of course, the momentous memory I must share is Dad’s handling of our mastery of the time-telling skill. Methodically approached, pushing the challenge further and further to ensure we really knew how to read any combination in that good ole analog clock. At last, a “time test” was set, and when passed, that Mickey Mouse watch was a grand, grand prize!