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Mount Auburn Funeral Home & Cemetery

4101 South Oak Park Ave, Stickney, IL

OBITUARY

Gregory "Greg" Alan Vondra

June 16, 1971July 11, 2020
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Gregory Alan Vondra, age 49, of Berwyn, Illinois passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Gregory was born June 16, 1971.

Greg is survived by his loving Mother Barbara Vondra. Beloved Brother of Jay (Theresa) Vondra. Cherished Uncle of Jessica Vondra and Joseph Vondra. Dear Nephew of Jerry F. VondraJr., Russell J. (Patti) Vondra, Audrey (Vince) Austrevich and Beverly Vondra. Fond Cousin of Kenny Vondra, Katie Vondra, Corey Vondra, Kyle Curran, Erin Oxendine and Mike Oxendine.

Preceded in death by his Grandparents Jerry Vondra Sr. and Lillian Vondra and Aunt Karen Vondra.

Greg was born in Berwyn and was a lifelong resident of the Stickney and Berwyn area. He was a good friend, was loved by many and he never met a stranger. He was a Music Lover and showcased his talent by playing the Bass Guitar and was one of the Founding Members of ‘The Hangover Banned’.

He treasured and loved his family and his family fiercely loved him and will miss him immensely. His Mother Barb was his strongest supporter and his rock. Jay his older brother loved him beyond measure. Greg was affectionately known by his Niece and Nephew as “The Godfather.” It made him both Proud and Sentimental.

Those who knew him best would say he was always ready with a joke or a “Gregism”. He never forgot a birthday or anniversary and was often the first person you would hear from on your special day. Greg was a lifetime member of Sokol. He was also a longtime member of the Eagles Club and it was one of his favorite places to be. He played Golf and was a strong Volleyball player. Greg loved to support the local small businesses and his community. He loved the Cubs and the Bears and was considered a True Fan.

Greg began a long career as a teenager with Traffic Control. He was known as a brilliant thinker and trouble shooter and was the best at what he did until he retired.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 16th at 4:00pm to 8:00 pm Funeral Service is on Friday, July 17th at 10:30am

In Lieu of flowers please make a donation in Greg's name to the Charity of your Choice

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountAuburnFuneralHome.com for the Vondra family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • Funeral

    Friday, July 17, 2020

Memories

Gregory "Greg" Alan Vondra

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Beverly Vondra

July 19, 2020

My memories of Greg take me back when he was a young kid growing up with his older brother Jay. I have such fond memories of both of them before I left the area in the mid 70's. I would take Greg and Jay out on my Schwinn bicycle and have Greg riding on the handle bars and Jay riding on the back! That was back in the day and it brought me such joy to do this with my nephews. (Glad we never crashed and burned!) So, in honor of you, Greg, last weekend when I rode by bike, I pictured you on my handle bars and your brother on the back and we were laughing and having a great time, just like when you were a little guy!

I remember taking Greg and Jay on the train downtown at Christmas time to my employer's Christmas party. My friend Sue, who helped me with bringing the boys to the event, remembers Greg as being especially excited to see Santa Clause. He couldn't wait to see what Santa brought him!

In more recent times, Greg would go through his phone contact list and randomly call me just to see how I was doing. It was always great to talk to him and he would be sure to have me in stitches over something!

I'll be missing those calls, Greg, and you.

Much love to you, wherever you are,

Aunt Bev

Merry Austrevich Mastny

July 18, 2020

In a big extended family like the Vondras, there are lots of grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins. No one is an in-law. No one is "just a friend." Everyone is family.

Emotions of life's occasions reverberate throughout the family. We share the joy of birthdays, weddings, new babies, graduations. We console each other in disappointment and sorrow. The loss of one of us diminishes us as a family. The loss of one of us diminishes each of us as an individual. 

We haven't yet come to terms with losing our nephew Jordan, hindered by the pandemic closing down the rituals of gathering and comfort. Yet the spirit of the family flows through each one of us in support. And the spirit of the family flows through each one of us in joy to have Jordan live on in his infant son Christian. 

Little did we expect to have our hearts wrenched again so soon by losing our son, our brother, our nephew, our cousin, our friend Greg. Who can think of him without seeing his beaming smile? We watched him and Jay grow up before our eyes. He took his place in the world through his work, in Sokol, in his band, as someone who was always there with a kind word or a helping hand. 

Barb and Jay, how acutely you must feel the loss of the nuclear family that defined your lives. Please let us comfort you in your sorrow, let our support surround you, our sadness mirroring yours.

We will miss Greg at every celebration. Our parties will be bittersweet with loss and memory. We'll laugh again at his jokes. Even though each of us is diminished by our loss, our lives have been enriched by knowing him, by loving and being loved by him.

Rest in peace, nephew Greg. 

Merry Austrevich Mastny

Jan Pietraszek

July 16, 2020

Greg always greeted me with a big smile and even bigger bear hug. So smart, so funny, so generous. I have so many fond memories of Greg...like when I was asked to sing The Czech Republic National Anthem in the native language for the annual Sokol event, when practicing in front of Greg, he would always join in! Or, the first time I sang the Adele song "Someone Like You" which I learned specifically for Greg, he ran up to me and gave me the biggest hug ever! That song title takes on new meaning for me now. Greg, I will forever cherish "Someone Like You".
I give my infinite love and support to the Vondra and Austrevich families whom I am proud to call my own.

All my love and heartfelt sympathy,
Jan

David Jirousek

July 16, 2020

1992 Toronto - Sokol volleyball

Brian Curran

July 16, 2020

I will always remember the almost 6 yo Greg as he tried keeping up with his older brother, Jay. His sense of humor was just developing and his intellect was already showing itself. He grew into a fun loving man who kept his family and friends in the center of his life and his heart. Loosing you is a great shock to all of us. We love you and miss you, Greg. Uncle Brian

Erin Oxendine

July 16, 2020

Greg, you will be missed so incredibly much. You were taken too soon and I took for granted the time we spent together. I assumed you'd always be there with a smile on your face, jokes galore and sweet memories to share about some silly things I did as a child. You always loved bringing that up and I loved that you remembered. Give Babi, Grandpa and Aunt Karen hugs and kisses for me. I love you!!!!

Mike Knutson

July 16, 2020

Greg was the gentle giant that no matter how full his plate was still never said no to anyone. He was the person you wanted troubleshooting the toughest traffic signal problems. The motoring public was safe under Greg's watch.

God bless you Greg and thanks for all your help.

Mike

Vince & Audrey Austrevich

July 16, 2020



What can we say about our "N.G".... Nephew Greg? Talk about a large empty space left to fill!  We'll all miss him most as a loving human being who would gladly give you anything he had if he thought you could use it. We'll forever miss him at our Annual Picnics, Holiday Parties, NYE, Family Gatherings and Sunday Services on our deck. Not to mention surprising us at HNH and seeing Debbie's face light up when he walked through the door! And don't forget Mimosa Mornings when we could make them happen. But especially Karaoke! Man, did he love to sing! Beer in one hand, cigar in the other and oh yeah, a microphone in there somewhere, too.

And when Greg left us way too soon, we knew that in death,  just like in life,  he once again did the Old Irish Goodbye. So now we take this time to say "farewell" to our loving nephew, Greg and know that he will always "Rest In Peace, Big Bohunk!"

Love Uncle Vince (UV) &

Auntie Audrey (Audrey Laundry)

Mike Oxendine

July 14, 2020

Greg was my favorite reason to visit Chicago. He made me feel like family instantly the first time we met. I really loved sitting out back on Vince and Audrey's deck talking with him for hours. He always had a joke and a smile for me and I will miss that forever. I wish so much that I had the opportunity to share more time with him. We frequently texted back and forth and other than his mom I heard from him most often out of the Chicago family. I feel blessed and privileged to have shared the moments we did together. I am grateful that their is such a close and strong family full of love for Greg and each other to share this loss and grieve together. I wish we were there in person to give hugs and share tears. All our love from Oregon - Mike and Erin Oxendine

Maryanne Sioson

July 14, 2020

At the traffic signal turn-ons, no matter what season, Greg would always be dressed like it was a summer day, with a cigar in his mouth and a smile on his face. He endured my numerous questions during cabinet testing at TCC and out in the field. I will never forget Greg’s patience and kindness towards me.

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

God bless you, Greg. You will be missed.

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Biography

Greg is survived by his loving Mother Barbara Vondra. Beloved Brother of Jay (Theresa) Vondra. Cherished Uncle of Jessica Vondra and Joseph Vondra. Dear Nephew of Jerry F. VondraJr., Russell J. (Patti) Vondra, Audrey (Vince) Austrevich and Beverly Vondra. Fond Cousin of Kenny Vondra, Katie Vondra, Corey Vondra, Kyle Curran, Erin Oxendine and Mike Oxendine.

Preceded in death by his Grandparents Jerry Vondra Sr. and Lillian Vondra and Aunt Karen Vondra.

Greg was born in Berwyn and was a lifelong resident of the Stickney and Berwyn area. He was a good friend, was loved by many and he never met a stranger.
He was a Music Lover and showcased his talent by playing the Bass Guitar and was one of the Founding Members of ‘The Hangover Banned’.

He treasured and loved his family and his family fiercely loved him and will miss him immensely. His Mother Barb was his strongest supporter and his rock. Jay his older brother loved him beyond measure. Greg was affectionately known by his Niece and Nephew as “The Godfather.” It made him both Proud and Sentimental.

Those who knew him best would say he was always ready with a joke or a “Gregism”. He never forgot a birthday or anniversary and was often the first person you would hear from on your special day.
Greg was a lifetime member of Sokol. He was also a longtime member of the Eagles Club and it was one of his favorite places to be. He played Golf and was a strong Volleyball player. Greg loved to support the local small businesses and his community. He loved the Cubs and the Bears and was considered a True Fan.

Greg began a long career as a teenager with Traffic Control. He was known as a brilliant thinker and trouble shooter and was the best at what he did until he retired.

In Lieu of flowers please make a donation in Greg's name to the Charity of your Choice

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountAuburnFuneralHome.com for the Vondra family.

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