John Joseph Kurland, 69, of Riverside, died on November 18, 2016. Born on December 16, 1946, he graduated from St. Mary School and Lyons Township High School’s special education program. His last eight years were spent at Burgess Square Health Care Center in Westmont.
Mr. Kurland worked as a messenger for Cushing and Co. in Chicago and retired after 42 years of dedicated service. His knowledge of the names of the streets and of the bus and train routes was amazing.
He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed the music of Lawrence Welk. He was also an accomplished clarinet and saxophone player. He will be especially missed by his “circle of caring cousins,” Geri and Al Hinton, Joe and Jan Kurland, Tom and Elaine Kurland, Charlie and Kathy Kurland and Nancy Czerwiec, numerous other cousins, the dedicated staff at Burgess Square and his former classmates from the class of 1961 from St. Mary’s School.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 21 at St. Mary Church, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.
Memorial donations are appreciated to St. Mary School, 97 Herrick Road, Riverside, 60546 or to Angels for Hospice Charities, 325 W. Huron St., Suite 200, Chicago, 60654.
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Berwyn, handled arrangements.