Edmund W. Kalfas, 89, a resident of Lyons for 54 years and formerly of North Riverside, died on March 7, 2016. 

Born on October 25, 1926 in Cicero, he graduated from Morton East High School and was a professional string bass player who toured with Bobby Sherwood’s big band in the late 1940s. 

Mr. Kalfas’ playing was also featured with the Mel Brandt Trio, Freddy Mills, Weiss Brothers, and the Steve Cooper Orchestra. He was a proud member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians for 75 years. 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Kalfas (nee Natoli); his daughter, Nancy (Johan) Sauer; his grandchildren, Matthew and Anson Sauer; his siblings, Rosemary (the late James) Gatherer and Kenneth (Cathy) Kalfas; and his many nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Kalfas was preceded in death by his son, Edmund Kalfas Jr., and his brother, William (the late Elsa) Kalfas. 

Funeral services were held at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home on March 12, followed by entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. 

Memorial donations in his name are appreciated to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were handled by Riverside Funeral Directors, the Original Kuratko Family, directors.