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Vladimir Vnoucek of North Riverside, IL
Vladimir J. Vnoucek, age 103 of North Riverside. U.S. Army WWII Veteran, Recipient of 2 Purple Hearts and a Silver Star Medal. Beloved husband of the late Josephine (nee Krizek), loving father of Sandy (late Dick) Paulsen and Kirk (Cathy) Vnoucek, cherished grandfather of Sean Pieper, Corey (Katie) Vnoucek, Shannon (Collin) Korab and Brad (Pamela) Paulsen and great-grandfather of Karissa, Juliana, Aidan, Finley, Ethan and Isla. Memorial Mass Saturday, April 13th, 10:30am at Mater Christi Church, corner of 24th Street and 10th Avenue, North Riverside.
A true gentlemen. I last visited Laddie in July if 2011 when I went to visit my mom for the last time before she passed away the following spring. I took my granddaughter because its not every day you get to meet a Silver Star recipient. We talked for over an hour about the neighborhood and the good old days. I remember when I was a kid he took us all down to the Chicago Sun Times where he worked and gave us a tour. Then he told us some war stores and showed us the German 9mm bullet that embedded in a piece of metal in his helmet instead of potentially killing him. On almost any evening you could find Laddie sitting in a lawn chair in his driveway visiting with the neighbors. 103 is an incredible legacy, Rest in peace my friend.
Robert Santucci May 31 2019 4:02 PM
Dear Sandy, Kirk and families, I just saw this obituary and wish I had found out at the time, I would have loved to pay my respects to this wonderful man. I grew up kiddie corner from Lad and Jo and they were so sweet and funny. I will never forget them. I invited Lad and his next door neighbor Fran Cvetezar to my Moms memorial luncheon April of 2012 and have pictures of them from that day. I used to stop by and visit him. He was such an interesting person. My Brother is a Marine and I took him there to see Lads medals and the bullet he carried on his key chain that went around his helmet in WWII. For many years, Lad, Fran and a few other neighbors would be sitting out front when I went to visit my Mom in the nice weather. Everyone would just stop by and say hi. Lots of laughter! His was a life well lived. RIP dear neighbor and friend. Sandy, I still have the card you sent me when my Mom died, but not your address. If you would like to contact me or get the picture I have of your Dad, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Dee Santucci May 31 2019 2:40 PM
I grew up in North Riverside, IL. My family lived next door to this wonderful, sweet, patient, loving, funny, hero, Laddie. I am so fortunate, I love you LaLa and I will never, ever, forget you. Thanks for ALL the great memories! Our little block, 4th Avenue, was a best place in the world to grow up in! I will miss you my friend and say hi to everyone for me! Love Suzy
Sue Apr 2 2019 7:03 PM