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Robert B. Berkes, age 90, passed away on Thursday, August 21st at Arden Courts Assisted Living in Geneva. Robert was born in West Chicago on March 15, 1918 to Mary and Anthony Berkes. He graduated from St. Mary's Grade School and was a 1936 graduate of West Chicago High School. After serving in the Army for 4 years, he returned to West Chicago where he began a long career with Northern Illinois Gas Company.
In his retirement, Robert enjoyed many rounds of golf, many games of bowling, and traveling. He loved a good Dixieland band and liked to walk in downtown St. Charles, where he lived from 1979 until 2005. Since December 2005 he made his home at Arden Courts. Robert was a caring and loving son, brother and uncle and friend to many. He took care of and watched out for people who were in need, and he lived his very strong faith in a quiet way each day.
Robert is survived by his sister, Vera Gehl, nephews, Lee (Susan) and Dean (Kelli) Gehl all of Arizona ; nieces Donna (Garry Nelson) Sable of Naperville ; Norene (Bruce) Treudt of West Chicago; Sharon (David) Maas of St. Charles and Patricia ( Gary ) Taylor of Winfield. He is also survived by six great-nephews, Robert and Matthew Gehl, Daniel and Steven Taylor, Douglas and Kyle Gehl and 2 great-great nephews, Henry and Marley Gehl.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Gerald and Rosalie Berkes, brother and sister in-law Don and Margaret Berkes, sister Sr. Laurelle Berkes, O.S.F., brother-in-law Ray Gehl, niece-in-law Marguerite Gehl, niece and nephew-in-law June and David Benzer , nephew and niece in-law, Glen and Helen Gehl and nephew Thomas Berkes.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 25th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, 132 Fremont St., West Chicago. Prayers will be said on Tuesday, August 26th at 9:30 at the funeral home and proceeding to St. Mary's Church for a 10 a.m. Mass. Interment in Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors. Contributions and donations in Robert's memory may be made to St. Mary's Church, 140 N. Oakwood, West Chicago, IL 60185. (630) 231-0060 or norriswalensegertfh.com.
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