Zima, Stan­ley J.

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Stan­ley J. Zima, 83 of Bensenvill­e passed away sud­denly on Friday, July 24, 2020. He was born on Oc­to­ber 4, 1936 in Chicago to Stan­ley and Anna (Za­jac) Zima, brother to older sis­ter Vir­ginia. He spent his youth in Chicago sur­rounded by his lov­ing cousins and grad­u­ated from Quigley North High School. Although he an­swered an in­ter­nal call to serve the Lord and en­tered the Univer­sity of St. Mary of the Lake (Mun­delein Sem­i­nary) where he met class­mates with whom he would re­tain life­long friend­ships, it was at a fam­ily party where he set eyes on Josephine Mary An­noreno. He made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to leave the sem­i­nary and ful­fill his obli­ga­tion to our coun­try. He be­gan his ca­reer at the Fed­eral Re­serve Bank of Chicago and wed his beau­ti­ful JoJo on Oc­to­ber 6, 1962. All four of their chil­dren were born in Chicago and then Stan moved his fam­ily to Bensenvill­e in 1972 where he de­voted him­self to sup­port­ing his fam­ily and diving into the world of the sports pro­grams in which all his chil­dren par­tic­i­pated, wherein ad­di­tional life­long friend­ships were formed with his Bensenvill­e neigh­bors. Stan was among the first group of can­di­dates to serve as eucharis­tic min­is­ter at St. Alexis par­ish, a po­si­tion he en­joyed for many years. He was the strong, lov­ing pa­tri­arch of his fam­ily who was for­tu­nate enough to re­tire early and then as­sume pos­si­bly his most pride­ful role, that of in­dul­gent, beloved papa. He is sur­vived by his cher­ished and lov­ing wife Josephine Zima; his de­voted chil­dren daugh­ters: Laura (Clay) Stueve and Jen­nifer (Richard) Lawrecki; and sons: Christophe­r (Karyn) Zima and Philip (Karen) Zima; and his six pre­cious and trea­sured grand­chil­dren who were the light of his life: grand­daugh­ters Alyssa Stueve, Syd­ney Zima, and Makayla Zima; and grand­sons: Austin Zima, J.D., Grant Stueve, and Ja­cob Zima; as well as his dear brother-in-law: Sonny (Bar­bara) An­noreno. He will also be dearly missed by other fam­ily mem­bers, friends and pets. He is pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and his sis­ter: Vir­ginia Zima. A visi­ta­tion will be held at Geils Fu­neral Home, 180 S York Rd, Bensenvill­e, IL 60106 on Thurs­day, July 30, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. A fu­neral mass will take place the fol­low­ing day, Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St Alexis Catholic Church, 400 W Wood Ave, Bensenvill­e, IL 60106. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate. At both the visi­ta­tion and fu­neral mass, we ask that masks be worn and so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines be fol­lowed. In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­ri­als may be made to Univer­sity Of St Mary of the Lake. Ar­range­ments han­dled by Geils Fu­neral Home. For in­for­ma­tion, call: (630) 746-6053.

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