William J. Warak, Sr.

April 3, 1921 - July 8, 2021
HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory
8057 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
847.673.6111 | Map
Tuesday 7/20, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory
8057 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
847.673.6111 | Map
Tuesday 7/20, 11:00 am
Memorial Park Cemetery
9900 Gross Point Rd.
Skokie, IL 60076
847.864.5061 | Map
Tuesday 7/20
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William Joseph Warak, Sr., of Evanston, IL, died on July 8, 2021, at the age of 100. Bill was married to his wife, Lorraine, for 54 years. He served with the Fourth Marine Division, Company D, in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Bill founded Dempster Auto Rebuilders, Inc., in 1961, in Evanston, IL,Continue Reading

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Ralph E Black left a message on July 20, 2021:
In memory of William J. Warak, Sr., Ralph E Black lit a candle
Ralph A. Black left a message on July 19, 2021:
Uncle Bill was the only one with enough patience to teach me to swim after several others had tried. I learned a lot from him and enjoyed what little time we shared. I will miss him greatly.
Ralph E Black left a message on July 19, 2021:
In memory of William J Warak, Sr for my Dear In Laws, Children, and Cherished Family Friends. I am Raph E Black, younger brother of Lorraine D Warak, nee Black. As such, I was the 1st person in the Black Family to actually meet Bill, circa 1943-44, when he arrived in uniform, at our residence in Chicago's Rogers Park. I knew who it was as Lorry had been writing to him and there were pictures. The family was all in the backyard, Mom, Dad, brother Tom, and I, gardening. Lorry and her good friend, Mary Reynolds, were sun bathing in swim suits of the era! I saw Bill arrive through the gangway and hailed him into the yard; announcing to the folks that a Marine was coming to visit. In a flash of lightening, Lorry and Mary had disappeared! Bill would have probably preferred the swim suit version but it was not to happen! After his leave, Bill went back to the Pacific and the pen pals continued. After the war, the relationship blossomed and marriage in 1947. Many of you know the sequence of events thereafter. But probably not the Wonder Lake tobbogan crash on a densely wooded slope! To cut to the quick, my ankle was broken, as was Bill's nose, Tom knocked cold! The pain was controlled with hysterical laughter! I wanted to share the evolution of such a revered couple. I truly want all to know I believe Bill Warak Sr was the best thing that ever happened to the Black Family! I can not imagine the life of these two families and their offspring without Bill's influence along the way. Rest in Peace, Dear Bill, and may God continue to Bless You and Yours!
Patty Petrillo left a message on July 19, 2021:
I was blessed to have had Uncle Bill in my life as my God Father! He truly was a wonderful man, and certainly one of a kind. He had the best sense of humor. I have many fond memories of him stopping by our house on his way home from work for a cocktail and to visit my parents. It was always a welcomed surprise and the living room instantly became filled with laughter. One of the best memories I have was the time he and Donna stopped by on the 4th of July. During this time my Father was in the hospital, so it was just me and my Mom at home. Uncle Bill showed up to our house pulling a large boat. He invited us to join them on the water to watch the fireworks. It was amazing and one of my fondest memories. I love you Uncle Bill, I know you are up in heaven laughing with my Parents! God Bless!!
Nancy J Petrillo left a message on July 18, 2021:
🐈I loved my “uncle” Bill who was my Dad’s best friend. I am blessed with the memories of our two families enjoying vacations together in Wonder Lake and everyday on Hartzel Street. Diane was my best friend for so many years. He was always so funny and I remember him going behind the painting at our wondr lake house and putting his face in a position so that it looked like he was the painting, I will always remember!! Also the laughs we had when he made his very funny jokes!!! We thank god we had him😞
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Demetria Giannisis left a message on July 13, 2021:
Dear Donna and family, my heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your dear father who you cared for so lovingly. I hope that the funeral and celebration of life bring solace to you all. Sincerely, Demetria
Linda Naunapper left a message on July 13, 2021:
Most sincere condolences, Donna. Prayers for you and your family on the loss of your father, one of the Greatest Generation.
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