Edward H. Sobeck

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Edward Henry Sobeck passed away peacefully on February 22, 2020 after a long battle with kidney disease. He was surrounded by his three sons at the time of his passing.

The youngest of eight children, Ed was born to the late Leo and Aurelia Sobeck in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the spring of 1937. Due to his mother’s ailing health, at the age of 14 months, Ed and his siblings were taken into care by the sisters of the Holy Family Institute (HFI), a Catholic orphanage on the northside of Pittsburgh. Thanks to the loving care of Ed’s surrogate mother, Sister Videntia, and the heavenly sisters of HFI, Ed went onto graduate from St Francis de Salle High School—and soon thereafter enlisted in the United States Air Force. Towards the end of his time in uniform, Ed met his wife Maureen and settled down in Lemont, IL, where they had four sons together, however, lost one (Michael Jude) shortly after childbirth.  After 47 loving years of marriage, Ed lost his beloved wife Maureen to Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.

A compulsive giver, Ed will forever be remembered for his selflessness, tireless work ethic, and quirky catchphrases. He touched more lives than he will ever know and his presence will be forever missed.

Ed is survived by his loving sisters Dorothy Miller and Rita (Paul) Hathaway, devoted sons Eddie (Carol), Greg (Debbie), and Denny, treasured grandchildren Zachary (Alexa), Nathan, Katie, Victoria, Shannon, Natalie, and Lindsey, along with countless other friends and family who were blessed to know him.

Visitation  is scheduled for Friday, February 28 at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont  from 4:30 to 8:30 PM. A Funeral Mass is planned for Saturday, February 29 at 10:30 AM at St. Alphonsus Church in Lemont

In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, or the American Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

For further Info 630-257-2123 or gerharzfuneralhome.com

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  1. Eloise Hess

    Dear Eddie, Greg and Denny,
    My condolences on the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful Gentleman in every sense of the word. I have very fond memories of him and Maureen and their many kindnesses to me over the years. Much love to you all.
    Eloise

  2. Gillespie family

    Such a wonderful man. We were blessed to know him and will miss him. Such a kind heart and great sense of humor. Rest In Peace brother, we’ll see you on the other side one day.

  3. Bryan Sheldon

    Dear Dennis, Greg and Eddie,

    Your dad was a wonderful man. I knew him as Mr. Sobeck the father of you fine men. I also knew him as a wonderful husband to Mrs. Sobeck, Maureen, who was by far one of the greatest mom’s I have ever known. When I was young, I was fortunate to share a great friendship with Dennis. This friendship allowed me the opportunity to spend a lot of time over at the Sobeck’s house.

    Mr. Sobeck was someone I loved dearly. He was a kind and compassionate man. He was a very proud father that loved to talk about his kids. He would get this wonderful smile on his face whenever he talked about his family. He was a great role model and set a very good example for all to follow. He took great pride in teaching us how to be good people.

    Mr. Sobeck had a great sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh and would not hesitate to interject his humor into the conversation when friends were over at the house. The crazy things he would say are still talked about to this day and continue to make us laugh. Mr. Sobeck set the standard when it comes to being a great dad. The sayings and life lessons he shared with me will forever hold a special place inside my heart.

    Denny, Greg and Eddie, I learned so much watching your dad simply be himself, never more, never less. He had a tremendous impact on my life. I pattern myself after him when it comes to interacting with my son’s friends. I love putting smiles on their faces or hearing them laugh. I think I know why your dad didn’t mind being around us. It was because he genuinely loved people and putting smiles on their faces. I am so grateful for the smile he put on mine. Thank you for sharing your family with me. I loved your mom and dad very much.

    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  4. Sue Lesnieski Sniegowski

    Mr. Sobeck always took the time to visit my mom (91 years young) who lived down the street from him in my childhood neighborhood. He was always so kind and lifted her spirits with his easy going conversation. Sometimes it is the smallest things in life that mean the most to people. Thank you for being a person who cared about others and always with a warm smile. You will be missed.

  5. Pete Laketa

    My thoughts and prayers from out here in Seattle, to the Sobeck brothers and families. My father worked with Ed at CECO steel for many years together. Mr. Sobeck was a solid gentleman and family man – and raised 3 solid men! God bless, and may you all carry on his legacy!

  6. Terri Fields Hosler

    Ed was an amazing man, husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. Enjoyed the times our paths crossed and his great sense of humor. Sending love and support to the family during this difficult time. Hope the great memories, and there were many over the years, bring you some comfort…Love The Hoslers

  7. Bryan Sheldon

    Dear Dennis, Greg and Eddie,

    Your dad was a wonderful man. I knew him as Mr. Sobeck, the father of you three incredible men. I also knew him as a great husband to Maureen who was by far one of the greatest mom’s I have ever known. When I was young, I was blessed to have a great friendship with Dennis. This friendship allowed me the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the Sobeck family.

    Mr. Sobeck was someone that I loved dearly. He was a kind and compassionate man. He was a proud father that loved his family very much. I don’t think there was anything he loved more than to talk about his children. He would get this wonderful smile on his face and you could just feel how much he loved all of you. Mr. Sobeck was a great role model and always set a good example to follow. He took pride in teaching us how to be good people.

    Mr. Sobeck had the best sense of humor. At times a little quirky, somewhat interesting but always beyond funny. He loved to make people laugh and would not hesitate to interject his humor at any time. Dennis would have a bunch of friends over at the house and Mr. Sobeck would join us in the conversation. Before you knew it, he would say something completely off the wall that had us all laughing to tears. The crazy things he would come up with are still talked about to this day.

    I believe Mr. Sobeck set the standard for being a great dad. The sayings and life lessons he shared with me will always be appreciated. Denny, Greg, and Eddie I learned so much from watching your dad simply be himself, never more, never less. He had a trememdous impact on my life. I pattern myself after him when it comes to interacting with my sons friends. I love putting smiles on their faces and hearing them laugh. I think I know why your dad didn’t mind being around us when we were young. It was because he genuinely loved making people happy. The only thing he loved more was his family. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family.
    Dennis, Greg and Eddie, I loved your mom and dad very much.

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

  8. Matt Stelton

    Ed was a good man. He understood the principles that gave meaning to life and society.
    I’d spend time with him discussing things such as history and big band music.
    Right now he’s probably listening to Tommy Dorsey.

  9. Terri Fields Hosler

    Ed was an amazing man, husband, father, father in-law and grandfather. I enjoyed his fun personality and great sense of humor whenever our paths crossed. Sending love and support to the family during this difficult time. Hoping your special memories, and there were many, bring you some comfort…
    The Hoslers

  10. Pete Laketa

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the Sobeck brothers and family from out here in Seattle. My dad worked with Mr. Sobeck for years at CECO steel. He was a solid gentleman and family man, that raised three solid men. Long live his memory and legacy!

  11. Pastor and Mrs. Glenn Bergmark

    Condolences from the Bergmark Family, Pastor and Mrs., along with Ann Walker, Kristen Falese and David. Sorry we did not know of your dad’s passing until March 1st. David was particularly devastated to learn after the fact, he had such respect for your dad.
    Pastor and I have fond memories of both your parents. Remembering your mom at the Savings and Loan and our last time seeing your dad at Celina’s around the holidays. ( Several years ago your dad dropped off a CD of the little girl, Jackie Evancho, singing “O Holy Night”. He wanted Pastor to enjoy it as much as he did. )
    “Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.”

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