Carmen Ritacca

Carmen Ritacca, 71, of LaGrange Park, died on Dec. 17, 2018. 

Born on Nov. 29, 1947, his roots were in Calabria, Italy, where he spent his childhood before his family immigrated to America through Ellis Island on their way to Chicago.  

He had a deep love for his family, vintage cars and Italian music. He was a retail executive who also had a flair for cooking and sharing those meals with his loved ones, particularly making his granddaughters’ favorite meals. 

Mr. Ritacca was the husband of Blanca Ritacca (nee Reyna), the father of Venessa (Joe) Tornabene and Santo “Sonny” Ritacca and the grandfather of Bella and Angie. He is also survived by his sister, Fran (Tony) Sofia, and a brother as well as many nieces and nephews. 

A funeral service was held Dec. 21 at Western Springs Baptist Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.