Age 89 of Joliet, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023 after a short hospital stay.
Ely was number seven of ten children. He attended Fairmont Grade School and graduated from Lockport High School. Ely bravely served his country in the Korean War and was an active member of the Joliet St. George Serbian Church. Ely retired from United States Steel and loved to spend his retirement years golfing, walking in the mall with his friends and family, and was a lifelong White Sox fan.
Family was everything to Ely. His outgoing nature was a pleasure to be around and family often came to him for logical advice. He promised his mother that he would do everything in his power to keep the family together after her death and he made sure to keep that promise by consistently keeping in touch with his siblings.
Preceded in death by his loving wife: Betty (Kupresin); mother: Eva (Burian); father: Vaso; sisters: Mary (Irvin) Schroeder, Helen Grubisich, and Mildred (Grubisich) Skoryi, and brothers: Dusan (Milka) and Michael.
Survived by sisters: Sophie (Val) Chuk, Dollie (Jack) Book, and Martha (Robert) Vuicich, and brother: Peter (Mary), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesay, May 24, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 P.M with Pomen services beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road in Joliet.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church for a 12:00 p.m. funeral service presided by Fr. Aleksander Bugarin. Interment will follow and Ely will be laid to rest next to his wife at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Joliet St. George Serbian Orthodox Church.
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