Joseph T. Gozdziak, 74, a longtime resident of Riverside, died March 20, 2013 at Oak Brook Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Gozdziak served in the U.S. Army and worked as a salesman for Atlas Lift Trucks in the Chicago area for more than 20 years. He was an avid golfer and was a well-respected basketball and softball coach for St. Mary School and Riverside Little League.

He was the husband of Virginia “Ginny” Gozdziak (nee Chrystal); the father of Kelly (Thomas) Begani, William (Elizabeth) Gozdziak and Holly (Scott) Simmons; the grandfather of Gabriel Gozdziak, Matthew Gozdziak, Grace Simmons, Ella Simmons, Seamus Simmons and Quinn Simmons; and the brother of Thomas (Rose) Gozdziak, Odelia Gozdziak, Mary (the late William) Cummings and the late Lorraine (Douglas) Suda.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 23 at St. Mary Church in Riverside, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Arrangements were handled by Riverside Funeral Directors, Brian D. Kuratko, director.