Charles R. Cicora Sr.


Charles R. “Charlie” Cicora Sr., age 74, suddenly at rest April 7, 2019. Longtime resident of Lemont. Beloved husband of the late Patricia Ann (nee Thomas); loving father of Serena Renee (Ronald) Mastro, Theresa Tammy (John) Hayes and Charles R. Jr. (Cindy Kucinski); devoted grandfather of Miranda, Mitchell, Marissa, Eirhan, Patrick, Maeve, Reagan, Kyrsti and Logan; dearest great grandfather of Lukasz and Sophia; dear brother of Jerome Cicora; fond uncle of nieces and nephews.                                                                                                                                                                                      Born Januray 28, 1945 to the proud parents, Lilian and Charles; and little brother to Jerome. He grew up in Chicago and graduated Gage Park High School in 1963. He enlisted in the navy in October of 1963, serving on the USS Van Vooshis and the USS Yosemite. He completed his service in 1966 and went on to work and college. He fell in love in 1970 and married Patricia Ann Thomas. Together they raised three wonderful children; Serena, Tammy and Chuck Jr. We are the family of hugs and kisses. Charles was a devoted dad, always present; doing anything he could to make life easier for his family, even if it meant running to the store ten times a day. He was a proud “Papa” to his 9 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Charles was a very detailed oriented and loved making lists. His family joked about him being the charts and graphs guy. He worked for the World Book Encyclopedia Company for 20 plus years and then another 20 plus years with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, as manager, ISB operations. Charles retired for a short time then returned to work on a part time basis. He loved spending time with his family, friends and his dog “Baby”. He was deeply rooted in his Catholic faith and always looked forward to his dinners with his 8th grade St. Turibius friends. Charles was a diligent worker and had a system for everything. Although he would be constantly changing the system, projects would always get done. He loved staying busy working on Legos, his trains, taking Baby for walks or just projects around the house. But, if you needed him, he would drop whatever he was doing to help you. He was one of a kind and loved by many, who,  will miss him IMMENSELY. Memorial Visitation Tuesday April 16, 2019 from 3-8 P.M. at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont. Memorial Mass Wednesday April 17 at 11 A.M. at St. Patrick Church , 200 E. Illinois St., Lemont Info 630-257-2123 or


  1. Patsy & Jim Piech

    We are deeply saddened to hear the loss of your dad. I remember how proud he was of his children & could hear in his voice the love he had for each one of you. Sincere sympathy during this difficult time.

  2. Gail Swanson

    So very sorry to hear this. He was always a regular at our World Book Alumni picnics and had just joined the World Book Alumni Group that we had just created. He was a great man and will be missed but remembered fondly.

  3. Dawn, Ben, Alice, Owain

    We adore you Mr. Chuck. You were our favorite part of every day. We will miss you and carry you with us always.

  4. Debby Blatzer and Paul Ludkey

    We were terribly sad to hear about your Dad. He and your mom were wonderful neighbors for over 20 years. I always enjoyed running into him and talking. I am sorry I missed the services, please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Gayle Stock and Ron Crowe

    We were very sadden to learn of your father’s passing. He was a special man and will be missed by many. Please accept our deepest condolences at this very sad time.

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