Age 91 of Joliet, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 28, 2022 with his family by his side.
Born March 16, 1930 in Joliet, Joseph was a son of Anton and Mary (Mufich) Wolf. He was raised and educated in Joliet and attended Joliet Catholic High School. Following High School, Joseph enlisted and proudly served in the 505 Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army. On June 13, 1953 Joseph married the love of his life, Cecilia Gecan at St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church in Joliet and together they made a home and raised their daughter Marianne.
Chach was the proud owner of Wolf’s Tavern in Joliet and was active in many organizations and groups. He served as past president of the Joliet Croatian Cultural Club, was a member of the Slovenian Union of America Branch 20, a lifelong member of the Joliet Rivals Club, and longtime member of the Polka Masters. Chach was also heavily involved in fund-raising throughout the community. If there was an event around town you could depend on Chach and his brother Tony to be there with their button-boxes entertaining the masses and earning donations for whatever the cause was. If anyone needed anything, they would look to Joseph and Joseph always said “Yes”. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Joseph is survived by his daughter: Marianne (Jonas) Wolf-Astrauskas; granddaughter: Gabija (Joseph) Rosenzweig; great-grandchildren: Hunter and James Rosenzweig; sister: Mary “Mitzi” (the late Ed) Kapsch; sisters-in-law: Evangeline Wolf, Charlotte (the late John) Brown and Mildred (the late Joseph) Pruss, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Cecilia who passed away in 2020; parents: Anton and Mary; brothers: Anthony Wolf and August Janesh; sisters: Julie (Raymond) Bregar and Helen (Raymond) Kezele, and brothers-in-law: Aloysius (Ina) Getson and Joseph (Sue) Gecan.
Family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road in Joliet.
A celebration of Joseph’s life will continue on Friday, March 4, 2022 with a visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Nativity Room at St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church, 706 N Broadway Street in Joliet followed by a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow and Joseph will be laid to rest next to his wife at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Joliet.