James Joseph Kaspar

James Joseph Kaspar, age 78, of La Grange. Beloved husband of Rita I. Kaspar for a wonderful 51 years. Loving father of James Anthony (Kris) Kaspar, Douglas Victor (Debra) Kaspar, and Jennifer Elisa (Steve) Jasinski. Devoted grandfather of Morgan Kaspar, Lily and Cole Kaspar, Nicholas and Avery Jasinski. Dear brother of Geri (Norbert) Cichon, Diane (Paul) Hartman, Roger Kaspar, and Renee (the late Frank) Bejek. Beloved nephew of Therese (the late Robert) Thurber. Cherished cousin of many. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. James was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 12 years, and a longtime member of the American Safety Engineers. Meet at St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 Wolf Rd, Western Springs, IL 60558 for Visitation 8:30am to 9:30am Monday, July 17, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Color Guard Honors 9:30am. Mass 9:45am. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of your choice are appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home: (708) 352-6500.

6 Replies to “James Joseph Kaspar”

  1. Dear Jim,I am grateful that you are my brother. I remember our conversations and our discussions about so many things. I remember when you visited us when we lived in Livingston,Tx. I remember that long day trip on your 27 foot boat. You loved adventure. You would try anything. I remember your pride in being a member in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mostly I remember that you had a jest for living. And you were a smiler and a great listener. I remember how you spoke lovingly about all your family.

    We will miss you,Jim. May God wrap you in his arms. Gerri

  2. I remember Jim as being a great brother who also always helped when I was in need. He was a loving father and grandfather and spoke lovingly always about his family. We will miss you.
    May Jesus welcome you home,
    My deepest condolences to Rita and her family.

    1. Among the scouts of Troop 113 in Westchester, there was a favorite summer camp story involving making stew–everyone walked by the simmering pot of stew, but not before adding a little extra shake of pepper–but no one actually bothered to taste it to see if perhaps we had added too much pepper! Mr. Kaspar added “pepper” (zest, fun) to every occasion, and I instantly recall many happy times with him. Mrs. Kaspar, Jim, Doug and Jennifer, I grieve with you but, also like you, savored many happy times with this great man.
      – Mark Tulach
      Glenview, Illinois

  3. First met Jim at the University of Illinois in 1960 and in our last year he and I roomed with Joe Palermo in a basement apartment. We had a lot of fun times together our last year. I always remember Jim as a great person who never said a bad word about anyone, always a most cheerful person. I know he will be missed by friends and family. I really feel fortunate getting to spend these past few years renewing a friendship that originated so long ago. Rest in peace, Jim.

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