Joseph Thomas Purpura Sr.
Joseph Purpura Sr., 91, of Burbank, IL passed away peacefully on October 29, 2015 at Palos Community Hospital after a slow decline. He was born February 28th, 1924 in Chicago, IL. He was the son of John and Rose (nee Brennan) Purpura, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 67 years Stella (nee Kelbowski) Purpura who were married on April 17th, 1948. He was the loving father of six children; Joseph Purpura, Jr. (Jeanne), Robert Purpura (Liat), Karen Koven (Ronald), William Purpura (Patti), David Purpura (Marilou), Mary Ann Oliver (James); 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of: the late Sister Veronica, D.C.; the late Mathew (Janet); the late Edward (Evelyn); the late Thomas (Joan); the late James (Mary Alice); Frank (Janet); Roseanne (John) Melody and the late Sister Marian, D.C. Fond brother-in-law of: Mary (John) Toczyl, both deceased; John (Marie) Kelbowski, both deceased; Jean (the late George) Wierschem; Lottie (Rudy) Ziman, both deceased; the late Edward (Vivian) Kelby and Wanda (the late Al) Walker. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Joe was a graduate of Tilden Technical High School in Chicago, Class of 1942. After graduating he joined the war effort as a machinist working at the Naval Ordnance Plant in Forest Park making torpedoes, but gave up his critical-skill deferment to join the U.S. Coast Guard. As a veteran of World War II he saw naval action protecting troop convoys from submarine torpedo attacks while crossing the Atlantic. After the war he returned to Naval Ordnance, then in 1953 he worked for Fisher Body Division of G.M. for the next 30 years as a tool and die machinist. He greatly enjoyed retirement for 32 years, fishing, traveling, building many projects and crafts, and spending nearly every weekend at their second home at Goose Lake near Coal City, IL. He loved the Bears, White Sox, an occasional beer and cigar, BBQ ribs and Wendy's Frosties. He and Stella were original members of St. Fabian Parish and they were well known for making thousands of Jesus signs and giving them away to people everywhere they went. They were lifetime best friends and if you saw one of them you likely saw the other. He was truly a self-made man and taught himself many trades including welding, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, concrete, drywall, and auto repair. He built most of their house, room additions and garages, always with the constant inspiration and help from Stella. His kids and grand kids enjoyed the many things he made for them and they all thought he could make or fix anything. He had a great sense of humor and loved to play pranks; everyone can tell a story of how he played a trick on them. We will miss his beautiful smile. Visitation Sunday 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Monday 11:15 AM from Lawn Funeral Home 7909 State Road (5500 West) Burbank,Illinois 60459 to St. Fabian Church Mass 12:00 Noon. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Funeral info 708-636-2320.
2:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday November 1, 2015
Lawn Funeral Home - Burbank
7909 State Rd.
Burbank, IL 60459 (Map/Directions)
12:00 P.M on Monday November 2, 2015
St. Fabian Church
8300 S. Thomas Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455 (Map/Directions)
St. Mary Cemetery - Evergreen Park
8700 S. Hamlin Ave.
Evergreen Park, IL 60805 (Map/Directions)