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James William Dudek

James William Dudek, 77, born in Chicago, formerly of Richmond, IL and Ingleside, IL, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2021 in Highwood, IL.

Beloved husband to his wife of 54 years, Angela (Maida) Dudek; loving father of Danielle (Jim) Mirocha and Faith (Carl) Uphoff; dear grandfather to Sarah, Hudson, Gabby, Connor, Colton and Luke, and great-grandfather to Elizabeth; brother of Jacqueline (the late Tom) Petersen. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thaddeus and Anne (Kupczak) Dudek, and infant children, James William Jr., and Michael Benjamin.

Jim enjoyed painting and spent some time studying at the Art Institute of Chicago; he served in the Army during the Vietnam War; and was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 134 for 37 years. After retiring, he went back to school to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Governor’s State; dabbled in collecting gemstones and making jewelry; and helped Angie run Sweet Angeline’s Bake Shop and Gourmet Café for 7 years.

A Celebration of Life will be considered at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, Illinois.


Lanny and I are so very sorry for the loss of Jim. He was always the one cousin who I felt the closest to. Please extend our sympathies to your daughters and their families. Angela, you are in our prayers and thoughts.

Maureen Frawley Dec 17 2021 3:50 PM

Condolences Angela…Jim was a friend as well as a purveyor of the finest bakery this side of heaven.

Art Peterson Dec 16 2021 7:15 PM

So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our sympathy and prayers to the family.
Marge Stermer

Marjorie Stermer Dec 16 2021 5:16 PM

Jim was a great storyteller, he could make anyone smile. Prayers to the whole family especially you Angela. God Bless you at this difficult time. Love Kathy

Kathy Ostruszka Dec 16 2021 5:08 PM

Such a sweet man, we are so sorry for your loss

Andrea Weekly Dec 16 2021 2:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Dudek

Andrea Weekly Dec 16 2021 2:17 PM

Pete and I are sooo sorry for your loss, we have so many memories of Jim, especially when he helped us make a cake for father and son bake contest for cub scouts. My husband had to be out of town and Jim stepped in. God bless him then and God bless him now. Prayers coming your way to get through this difficult time. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 Pete and Patti Albanese 🥰

Pete and Patti Albanese Dec 16 2021 12:09 PM