Erwin Mack
1920 - 2019
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Mack, Erwin Age 98, U.S.A.A.F. WWII Veteran, late of South Holland. Loving brother of the late Richard (Renette) Makowski; dear uncle of Richard (Linda) Mack, Andrea (Gregory) Smith, and Gregory (Michelle) Makowski; kind great-uncle of many nieces and nephews. Erv was a retired IRS agent with many years of dedicated service. He was also a multi-instrumentalist who grew up playing trombone, and played piano at the Willowbrook Ballroom and other venues on the weekends. Visitation Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of prayers at 10:15 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 Holy Ghost Church Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. (708) 841-2300 or

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Aug. 14, 2019.
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August 14, 2019
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Thornridge Funeral Home
August 14, 2019
Growing up I always thought my cousin Erv as the gentle giant in the family. My condolences to my cousins for their loss.
Janet Brooks
August 14, 2019
Erv was a true gentleman. I remember him fondly from his conducting and playing days at the South Shore Post #388 Legion Band. He had this corny old joke that he never got tired of repeating. Every time we played something by George Gershwin, he would say "George Gershwin and his lovely wife, Ira".
There's an old song about a rock and roll heaven that would have one hell of a band. Take that back 2 decades and Erv is sitting on a stage next to some of the biggest baddest best players of all time. Play on, Erv!
Carol Rudin
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