James E. Kukalis
1930 - 2020
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Kukalis, James E. James E. Kukalis, age 90, late of South Holland. Beloved husband of the late Marie Kukalis née Stosur; devoted father of Claudia Hastings, Donna (Robert Cope) Snedeker, Cindy (Joe) Finkiewicz, James T. and Steven M. Kukalis; proud grandfather of Jessica (Al), Kenny, Christopher (Madeline), Rachel (Kai), Jimmy (Christina) and Tom; cherished great-grandfather of Alyssa, Taylor, Jacob, Kennedy, Kenny, Dylan, Teddy, Ayla, Jack, Nova, and Cid; loving brother-in-law of Loretta (late Edward) Kempa, Violet (late James) Guinzio, Margaret (Mark) Michel and the late Edward (Carol) Stosur; kind uncle of many nieces and nephews. Retired Designer Engineer with Allis-Chalmers and employee of Fessco Fire Equipment, with many years of dedicated service. Visitation Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral Thursday, 8:45 a.m. from Thornridge Funeral Home (Janusz Family Funeral Service), 15801 S. Cottage Grove Ave., four blocks North of 162nd St. (Rte. 6) Dolton/South Holland to Jesus, Shepherd of Souls Parish at St. Andrew the Apostle Worship Site Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142. Memphis, TN. 38148-0142. (708) 841-2300 or www.thornridgefuneralhomes.com Sign Guest Book at legacy.suntimes.com

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Aug. 2, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Visitation
02:00 - 09:00 PM
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Funeral Mass
10:00 AM
Jesus, Shepherd of Souls Parish at St. Andrew the Apostle Worship Site
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August 5, 2020
my old neighbor, Jesus pray for the repose of his soul
Lisa Stachmus Czibor
August 5, 2020
I first met Jimmy's dad, Mr. Kukalis, back in 1978 when Jimmy and I started to pal around together. We met in sixth grade at St. Jude, and have been friends for the last 42 years. Growing up, I spent a lot of time over at Jimmy's house, and as a kid, Mr. Kukalis would always talk with me when I was over at the house and make me feel comfortable. I got to know both of Jimmy's parents and his sisters over the years. I'm thankful for the my time knowing both Jimmy, and his parents and I know that both Mr. and Mrs. Kukalis are together again.
Michael Quirke
August 4, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Cindy and the whole family. I am so glad that we were able to reunite with your family not too long ago. I enjoyed speaking with your dad at the party. He was a very happy, funny and charming man!
Janet Ruddock
Friend
August 3, 2020
Rest In Peace, Jimmy. You Are covered by Prayers and Fond Memories!
Justin & Karen Kukalis
Family
August 3, 2020
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He was a great man and will be missed dearly. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Debbie Abel
Friend
August 2, 2020
Cousin Jimmy was a great man, a great Father, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Love and hugs to all his family. He certainly lived a full life. Claudia, Donna & Cindy, please send an email some time in the future. Sincerely, Cousin Rick rickmakrickas@gmail.com
Richard Makrickas
Family
August 2, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Thornridge Funeral Home
August 1, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. Jim was always kind to me and I admired his strength and character. A lovely man.
Jean Krizic
Friend
August 1, 2020
My sympathy to Steve and the whole family.
Lois Heintz
Coworker
July 31, 2020
Dennis and I both loved your Dad (Grandpa). He was a good man and a fun man to talk with. Our love and prayers are with you all.
Linda Myers-Eickmann
Family
July 31, 2020
Steve my dear friend we are so sorry for the family's loss of Dad we send our love and blessings to all
Thomas Smith
Coworker
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