John Pawelek Posted: 2023-03-07 13:41:39

John Pawelek


John Pawelek, 81, of Huntley, passed away peacefully in his home on March 5, 2023, surrounded by family. John was a loving husband and dedicated father. He enjoyed traveling and creating cherished memories through road trips and camping. John was a respected Skokie police detective for thirty-one years and went on to serve another thirteen years with the Cook County State's Attorney in Rolling Meadows. After moving to Del Webb in 2006, John and Diane became very active in their neighborhood, and they loved visiting with friends and neighbors. In his free time, John was an avid sports fan and a proud supporter of all his favorite Chicago teams. He also had a love for automobiles, golf, and playing cards. He adored all his pets and was known for his kind heart and willingness to lend a helping hand.

John is survived by his daughters, Paige (Tom) Mistak and Wendy Pawelek.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Diane Pawelek, and his brother Robert (Phyllis Trout) Pawelek.

Visitation will be on March 21, 2023, from 9 a.m. to time of Mass 10 a.m. all at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Road, Huntley.
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Arlene Wozniak 2023-03-07 15:10:53

So sorry to hear of John's passing, he was such a nice neighbor and friend. He is with his beloved Diane again. May he rest in peace.

Adeline jean Cloma 2023-03-07 18:00:35

I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to know and work as a caretaker of john’s and his loving and kind daughters paige and Wendy, words can’t explain how saddened I am on remembering those memories we shared together all this years I’ve been with John, and I will forever miss him and his kindness, loving heart and generosity. He will always have a special place in my heart! May he rest in peace.

Francis Quante 2023-03-08 12:17:01

My prayers to John's family John was a great coworker and a good friend for so many years. He will be missed and always have thoughts and good times

Dan Zerfass 2023-03-09 20:12:25

My sincerest condolences to the Pawelek family. I have many memories of my dad and John laughing together upstairs in the bureau May he rest in peace.

Jim & Linda Hart 2023-03-10 09:16:56

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John and Diane were great friends of my mother's (Jeanette) and Don Schubbe's for many years. He was a good guy to work with and always had a story to tell at the SPDRS luncheons.

William Heelan 2023-03-11 14:35:54

We send our Condolences to the Pawelek. John was a great friend to my father Robert Heelan. They spent many years working together and golfing together. I am so sorry for your Loss. John was one of the most kind people I have ever met.

Carole Porretta 2023-03-12 08:32:16

To Paige and Wendy, you and your mom and dad have been family to us for over 40 years. I have so many wonderful memories of them just by meeting them by chance, camped at Pokagon state park in Indiana back in the late 1970s and striking up a friendship that bloomed into visits and trips and celebrating holidays, births and the losses as well. I am so struck by the sincerity and love both your parents shared with everyone they met and grieve with you. Love to you girls and Let’s keep on our tradition.

Ann Straus-Goldsmith 2023-03-12 11:26:43

Paige & Wendy, I remember well the love and kindness of both your parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you both at this difficult time. May John’s memory be a blessing. With all my condolences, Ann ( Stratford School).

Edward Louis & Sue Louis 2023-03-13 12:48:25

We just learned of John’s passing. With heartfelt condolences we are sending caring thoughts and prayers your way.

Lorraine McGuire 2023-03-19 12:48:22

Wendy and Page I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing. John, Diane, my husband Jim and I use to go out for dinner after the 5:00 Mass on Saturday. John was always able to keep the conversation going. He was kind and fun to be with. After Jim passed John would stop by just to see how I was getting along. He was a good guy. Rest in Peace John