Brian Bakalich

Brian Bakalich, 58, of LaGrange Park, died May 5, 2021.

Mr. Bakalich served in the U.S. Army and continued to serve the community as a police officer, retiring after 32 years with the Bellwood Police Department.

He was the husband of Sandra Bakalich (nee Joyce); the father of Alexandra Bakalich and Rachel Bakalich; the son of Ruth Bakalich (nee Feddern) and the late Lawrence Bakalich; the brother of Bruce Bakalich and Craig Bakalich; the son-in-law of Rozanne Blair and the late Warren “Bud” Joyce, Jr.; the brother-in-law of Jeannine (Jacques) Fleurant, Jennifer Joyce, Kevin (Jennifer) Joyce, Christopher (Kelly) Joyce and the late Warren Joyce III; the uncle of Brendon, Olivia, Collin, Gavin and Jaxon Joyce; and a friend to many.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 11 at St. Louise de Marillac Church, LaGrange Park. Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Express online condolences at If you wish to send a sympathy card to the family, send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield, 60513, c/o the Brian Bakalich family. 

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.