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Joseph V. Krajniak
February 14, 1939 -- May 30, 2022

Joseph V. Krajniak

Beloved husband of the late Ellen. Loving father of Susanna (Donald) Bennett, Kathleen Krajniak, Linda (Javier) Remirez, Laura (Mark) Schmid. Proud grandfather of Nolan, Jessica, Zachary, Carly (John), Eric (Alexus), Caitlin, Joseph, Vanessa (Sege), Ryan, Marcus, John and Ellen. Cherished great grandfather of Mason, Kameron, Alexander and Aiden. Dear brother of Arlene Kowalski. Fond uncle, cousin and friend of many. Visitation: Friday June 3, 2022 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm at OLSON BURKE SULLIVAN Funeral & Cremation Center, 6467 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago. Family and friends will meet Saturday morning at St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Church,6040 W. Ardmore Ave. Chicago for Mass at 11:30 am. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a cancer charity of your choice. Arrangements by Corliss Funeral Director, Ltd.  


isaiah m harris June 01, 2022

co worker gurnee , Illinois

Joe was always there to help me out with whatever I needed! He knew a little about everything and would stop what he was doing to put your needs first. His soft deep voice was always calming when the walls were falling down and if you could make him laugh you were in for a treat. I will remember his smile and his pipe smell. Miss you already Joe!

Tim Ward and TTSG Family June 01, 2022

Friend Hanover Park ,

We are all so very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Sending healing thoughts and warm prayers to all of his family.

Matt Eberflus June 02, 2022

Head Football Coach-Chicago Bears Lake Forrest , Illinois

I wanted to write a short note to send my deepest sympathy to the family in your time of loss. I was recently hired but I did not get the opportunity to get to know Joe. I do know that all his colleagues at the grounds crew and the entire Chicago Bears organization enjoyed working along side him. I asked Ken Mrock about Joe and he had this to say " What a great man and we were all very fortunate to have him as a true example of what life is all about" May he rest in Peace. Matt Eberflus

Scott Krajniak June 02, 2022

Nephew Lake Villa , Illinois

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Joe. He has been an incredible influence and great man. May he rest in peace.

Carol Grandolfo June 02, 2022

Friend Kenosha , Wisconsin

My condolences to the family. I hope Joes’s memories bring you comfort. Joe was a great friend and partner with my husband Guy God Bless Love Carol Grandolfo

JoAnn Nelson June 03, 2022

Long time dear friend Northbrook , Illinois

My heart is heavy today, with the loss of a very dear friend. It is filled with many emotions. Anger, that a very dear friend has left us, sadness that we will no longer see him, but comfort, as our treasured memories will remain with us always. My prayers and love to all the family. JoAnn Nelson

Kim (Nelson) Esmael June 03, 2022

"niece" Elk Grove Village , Illinois

I have only the fondest memories of “Uncle Joe”. I remember he and my dad taking us kids to Great America. I remember him scoring us the best spot on the lake to watch the Air & Water Show. On 4th of July, he would go golfing with my dad and the guys and then join us back at my parents’ house. Mostly, I remember him being one of my parents’ dearest friends, a kind, loving, generous man. I will truly miss him AND the wonderful smell of his pipe! All my love and deepest sympathy to Suzy, Kathy, Linda and Laura.

Josefina Ramírez June 03, 2022

Sister in law dad Houston , Texas

I really sorry sometimes I wish things like this never happens I have not words but my condolences for the all family

Cliff Stein June 04, 2022

Co-worker Buffalo Grove , Illinois

I will miss Joe’s smiling face and wave in the morning. Whether he was operating the equipment or clearing the snow in the parking lot, he had the pipe in hand and was always working hard. He seemed like he truly enjoyed his work and was a steady and comforting presence at Halas Hall. We was kind and friendly, dedicated and loyal. We miss you Joe. Cliff Stein

Rick Gordon June 05, 2022

Co-worker at Soldier Field Crystal Lake , Illinois

As a part-time co-worker of Joe’s at Bears home games for the past 30+ years, I’ve had the opportunity to chat with him about various experiences with the team over the year. He always had a great story to tell. As a fixture on the Bears sidelines and at Halas Hall, Joe, always with his trademark pipe, will be missed. On behalf of the Visiting Clubhouse and Refs Room Crews, our condolences go out to Joe's family.

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