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Anthony "Tony" J. Rupsis
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Obituary for Anthony "Tony" J. Rupsis

Anthony J. “Tony” Rupsis, 83, passed away peacefully at home on June 2nd, after a seven-month fight against pancreatitis. Beloved husband of almost 62 years to Carol (nee Sauter), loving father to Joan (Jim) Carey, Mark (Celeste) Rupsis, Luann (Terry) Oswalt, Paul (Linda) Rupsis, and Maryann (Geno) Komes. Devoted grandfather to 19 grandchildren – Colleen (Jeff) Stevenson, Kevin (Sarah) Carey, Katie Carey, Carl (Aimee) Rupsis, Laura Rupsis, Greg Rupsis, Carolyn (Mathew) Guldan, Gretchen Oswalt, Rachel Oswalt, Kurt Oswalt, Abigail (Josh) Heindorn, Stephen (Danielle) Rupsis, Nathaniel Rupsis, Philip Rupsis, Joseph Rupsis, Grace Rupsis, Christopher Rupsis, Allison (Alex) Castaneda and Brad Komes. A wonderful great-grandfather to 11.

A graduate of St. Mel High School in 1952, he received a degree from the College of Advanced Traffic in Chicago, he spent his career in the freight transportation industry, starting in the American Airlines Cargo Department and with P & A Shippers. He became a District Manager for Moore McCormick Steamship Lines Agency, and served as President of States Steamship Lines Agency, Tipton Shipping Company and East Asiatic Steamship Lines Agency. In 1984, he started his last position as the Chicago Regional Office Manager for the Delaware River Port Authority, retiring in 1997. He was the President of the Ocean Freight Agents Association of Chicago in 1975 and served as Treasurer of the Midwest Foreign Commerce Club from 1991-1996.

Tony was very involved in his community, serving at various times as President of the Fieldcrest Homeowner’s Association, the Chairman of the Oak Forest Planning Commission, and Chairman of the Oak Forest Police and Fire Commission.

When not working, Tony loved his friendships, especially with the Rotten Apples – a group of wonderful friends who gathered often to golf and have fun. Later he became part of the R.O.M.E.O. (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Club with his fellow 1952 graduates of St. Mel High School.

Besides spending time with his ever-growing family, Tony also played and taught accordion, was a photographer and videographer, and was a master woodworker, having built furniture of all sizes and types for many, many family members.

Visitation to take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Petkus and Son Funeral Home/Lemont, 12401 S. Archer Avenue, Lemont, Illinois. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 7th at St. Patrick Church, 200 E. Illinois Street, Lemont, Illinois. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery, 1S510 Winfield Road, Wheaton, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory to St. Patrick Church, 200 E. Illinois Street, Lemont, Illinois 60439 would be greatly appreciated.


Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

6

Jun

3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Petkus Lemont Funeral Home

12401 South Archer Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439

Service

Thursday

7

Jun

10:15 AM
Petkus Lemont Funeral Home

12401 South Archer Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439

Service

Thursday

7

Jun

11:00 AM
St. Patrick Church

200 E. Illinois Street
Lemont,, Illinois 60439

Cemetery Details

Location

Assumption Cemetery

1 S 510 Winfield Road
Wheaton,, Illinois 60189

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