Robert L. Baudek
Age 74 of Joliet, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 15, 2021 with his family by his side.
Born December 9, 1946 in Joliet, Robert was the son of Louis and Helen (Malnar) Baudek. He graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy and received an Associates degree in Radio Broadcast and Communications from Joliet Junior College. Robert proudly served his country with the United States Army Reserves Corp program for six years.
Robert worked as manager for his family’s radio station WAJP 93.5 FM until the station sold in 1985. He then went on to work for Menards in Joliet up until he retired at 65 years old. Robert was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord and was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church in Joliet. His love of movies and music along with travelling throughout the Midwest were his choices of amusement. Robert was also an exclusive and avid Chicago Cubs fan. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his sons: Randall (Kasia) Baudek and Jeffrey (Katina) Baudek; grandchildren: Patryk and Emily; long-time girlfriend and best friend: Joan Dollinger; aunt: Lillian Musich; cousin: Dr. Thomas Musich, and ex-wife and mother of their children: Sharon Kerbis.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents: Louis and Helen Baudek, and aunt: Mary Jane Pohlers.
Family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road in Joliet. A celebration of Robert’s life will continue on Monday, July 19, 2021 with a visitation from 9:00 a.m. until time of closing prayers beginning at 9:30 a.m. The funeral will then drive in procession to St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow and Robert will receive full military honors and be laid to rest at St. Mary Nativity Catholic Cemetery in Crest Hill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made as gifts in Robert’s memory to Lightways Hospice (formerly known as Joliet Area Community Hospice) or to St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church in Joliet.