Alexa, Benedict C. Of Westmont, Illinois died on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the age of 88. He was born in Chicago, the son of Ludmilla and Charles Alexa. He was a WWII Veteran and an employee of Rheem Manufacturing for 40 years. Loving husband of 57 years to late Wilma 'Sis'. Surviving are his son, Frank Alexa; daughters, Christine (Karl) Swartz, Julie (Leo) Cisek, Donna Botica, Connie (Jesse) Cole and Denise (Fran) Radziwon; grandchildren, Christopher Cisek, Lisa (Jim) Farrell, Michael, Gina, and Laura Botica, Kellie and Ben Alexa, Alexa Radziwon; great-grandchildren, Lannon and Julia Farrell; sister, Lillian Baker. Preceding him in death were granddaughter, Amanda Nicole Alexa and brothers, Frank Alexa and Charles Alexa; fond and loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Wake to be held Monday, November 5, 3-8 p.m. at Toon Funeral Home, 4920 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL (630-968-0408). Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 6, 10 a.m. St. Joseph Church, 4801 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL with burial following at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or Alzheimer's Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org) 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001. www.toonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 4, 2012