John Stanislawski Posted: 2021-04-14 15:13:12

John Stanislawski


John C. Stanislawski, 82, of Huntley, died peacefully at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington on April 13, 2021.
John was born in Chicago on November 13, 1938 to parents Chester and Estelle (nee Nicpon) Stanislawski. He married Theresa “Terri” (nee Smietana), on November 14, 1959 and together they spent the next 62 years happily married. John and Terri purchased their home in Schiller Park in 1962 where they raised their family until they retired to Arizona in 1998. They moved back to Illinois in 2004 to be closer to their 8 grandchildren.

John loved to laugh and was always having fun with his family. He adored his grandchildren and spent as much time with them as he could. John was active, he loved to golf, bowl, and was an excellent polka dancer, as well as coaching baseball and football for his son. He was incredibly proud of his Polish heritage and was a big fan of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks.
John is survived by his beloved wife, Theresa Stanislawski, his children, Richard (Kathy) Stanislawski, Susan (Rich) Cristante, and Daniel (Chris) Stanislawski, his grandchildren, Michael, Danny, Stephanie, Anne, Ricky, Robert, Jillian, and Allison, and his siblings and siblings-in-law, the late Richard Stanislawski (Maryann), Wayne (Susan) Stanislawski, Edward (Joanne) Stanislawski, the late Barbara (Robert) Limbach, Pat (Don) Nawrocki, and Betty (Larry) Selsky.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 20, 2021, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DeFiore Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, and a Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Road, Huntley. The Mass will be streamed live on the DeFiore Funeral Home Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s name can be made to JourneyCare Foundation, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025 or online at
As John was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, his family requests everyone attending the visitation to please wear Chicago Blackhawks attire or team colors.

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Chris 2021-04-14 16:33:00

Dad, there is no one I would rather have as my father-in-law, I remember the first time I met you and will never forget the day we had to say goodbye. I will miss smelling like your cologne for hours after hugging you, even though it annoyed me every single time :o), baking you dozens of chocolate cakes with double frosting through the years, you sitting in your chair at Christmas secretly opening your presents like a little kid; and let us not forget me yelling at you to wait your turn and so much more. I will miss you calling and asking 'Where's my little boy?' Like I told you Monday night, I got your little boy from here on out. You and Mom raised one helluva good man. When you see my Mom, and I know you will, tell her I love her and miss her every single day! Rest in Peace and don't break your wrists!! Love, Chris

Betty Selsky 2021-04-14 17:48:38

Knew you all my life,started dating my sister when she was fourteen,so you have been part of us forever and I am so happy that you were.Rest in peace and my love for you will be with me eternally!

Laura Dulian 2021-04-14 18:27:02

Uncle John, I always felt we had a speacil bond. You knew more about the civil war than anyone I know. I loved our conversations and that twinkle in your eye. You will be missed.

Susan 2021-04-14 20:04:40

Dad what can I say - I love you and always will be your little girl. I can still hear your voice telling me to “Be Careful and Love You” each time we talked on the phone or were together. You were an amazing grandfather to my sons and they adore you - they were your buddies and you were their cheerleader in all they did! You have always been a huge part of my life and I will miss you terribly. Forever your little girl, Susan ❤️

Sheryll & Mike Benacka 2021-04-14 21:20:20

Terri and Family, we are deeply saddened for your loss. Our heartfelt sympathies are with you . May he rest in peace..... and play a few rounds of golf with the angels.

Sheryll & Mike Benacka 2021-04-14 21:20:20

Terri and Family, we are deeply saddened for your loss. Our heartfelt sympathies are with you . May he rest in peace..... and play a few rounds of golf with the angels.

Dorothy Kolpak 2021-04-15 10:50:08

Terry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful and funny man who loved his family and life. May your memories bring comfort, laughs and tears always. God bless!

Barbara Sligowski 2021-04-15 11:52:25

Terry we have so many great memories with you and John through out are journey filled with alot of laughter he would light up the room with his smile my heart hurts for you with this loss, grief never goes away but it leaves are heart with love forever you have amazing kids and family that will be your life line to continue to be the most wonderful,giving Mom grandmother, to all your family stay safe my friend may God watch over you and your family and keep you safe. Miss you and praying for you all

JoAnne 2021-04-15 12:03:06

It still hasn't sunk in. I deeply loved my brother-in-law John and he will be missed by so many. I am so lucky to married into such a great and fun loving family. Johnnie, you will forever be in our hearts.

Vicki, Rich Casale 2021-04-16 07:35:03

We will miss the good conversations, laughter and family times all together. The love and support you gave to your family was awesome, Rest In Peace.

David and Jane Nierman 2021-04-16 12:59:07

Our sympathies to your family on the loss of John, may he rest in peace.

Russ Pagen and Brad Pagen 2021-04-18 18:21:55

Terry and family. My condolences to you and your extended family on the loss of John. We shared many a good times back in the day, and remember the celebrations, golf outings, ball games, card games, and just good fun when we all were together. John’s smile and humor were contagious, a fun person to be around. I regret not being able to attend his Memorial, but the miles and a recent surgery has me on a short leash. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

Edward 2021-04-19 13:41:39

Dear Brother, you have always been generous with your time, talents, expertise and opinions, but most of all your love, for your wife, children, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, family and friends. You have shown the way of familial love, dedication and support. I will always look to your memory for inspiration and guidance. You always gave me a mulligan. May you rest in the sleep of the just. With unending love, Ed.

Phil and Laura Di Paolo 2021-04-19 14:22:14

We were so sorry to hear of John's passing, and would like to convey our deepest condolences to the entire family. I can still recall playing golf together with the brothers at Rancho Manana GC in Cave Creek, around 1997 and having so much fun. He will be missed.

Jaroslaw Jamrozik 2021-04-20 18:46:14

I’m so sorry for your loss, my sincere condolences.

Ann (Karman) Weaver 2021-04-20 20:43:10

Uncle John, you were one of kind, and always made me laugh when you were in my presence. Thank you for sharing your family with mine over the last 57 (+) years. My childhood memories spending time with all of the Stanislawski’s couldn’t have turned out better. You’ll be missed, but not forgotten. “Annie”

Tom Ochal 2021-04-21 10:01:51

I was so sorry to hear from Don of John's medical trials and passing. We (and our brothers) were classmates at Weber HS, and I've notified the others from '56. We pray for and will remember John, Terri and the family.

Marsha Natkins 2021-04-21 18:56:34

I am so sorry for your loss Terri. On the nights we played Mah Jongg John was very welcoming. He was always joking with the "gals." May his memory be a blessing.

DENNIS (MOE) & MARY ANN MLYNSKI 2021-04-26 23:15:47


Abe Ryder 2021-04-27 12:34:18

Rich and Sue, My condolences for your loss. It sounds like your father had a wonderful and fun life! God bless. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Ryder Family