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Age 71 of Minooka, Illinois, passed away March 4, 2023. He was peacefully surrounded by his family following a battle with Leukemia.
Born March 11, 1951 in Joliet, Illinois, Nicholas Anthony was a son of Robert and Theresa (Canino) Korczak. He was raised and educated in Joliet; graduated from Joliet West High School, Class of 1969, and went on to attend Northern Illinois University where he earned his Bachelors in Business in 1973.
On June 16, 1973, Nick married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Rausch and together they made a home together and raised their three children. Nick worked for Midwest Generation in Chicago, from where he retired in 2015. In addition to being a true family man, Nick also was active in the community where he served on the Channahon Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years and belonged to the Channahon Lions Club. He coached his boys soccer teams when they were growing up, and nothing gave him greater joy than spending time with family and watching his grandchildren participate in their activities.
One who loved the outdoors, Nick was the family Grill Master and took pleasure in both grilling and smoking on a Weber grill. Family time was always accompanied by good cocktail, particularly a martini or an old fashioned, and he cherished spending time at the family cottage on Saddle Lake in Michigan, which was his “Happy Place”.
Nick and Cindy were fortunate to winter in Madeira Beach, Florida following retirement, and the two simply enjoyed being together. Whether on a brewery tour enjoying a craft beer or driving around in his naked Jeep, when Nick was with his beloved wife, and best friend Cindy at his side or amongst his beloved family, he was truly living his best life.
When reflecting on the life of Nick Korczak, it is easy to see both his unwavering strength and his unconditional love for his family. He was always willing to go above and beyond to serve others in ways both great and small. Nothing brought Nick greater joy than spending time with his loved ones, even in the simplest of moments. He was never afraid to stand up for what he thought was right, and he was well known for his big heart and his insatiable zest for life. Dearly loved, Nick will be forever missed by those who knew him best.
Survivors include his loving wife, Cindy; three children: Nikki (John) Randich of Joliet, Kyle (Nancy) Korczak of Bolingbrook and Erik (Gina) Korczak of Plainfield; four grandchildren: Ella Randich, Lily Randich, Aidan Korczak and Kieran Korczak; grand dogs: Chico, Luna, Jada and Lena; grand cats: Random and Ace; his brother, Leo Korczak of Florida, and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Sandra (Bill) Baron of Plainfield and Randee (Tom) Beverly of Coal City.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Theresa Korczak and father-in-law and mother-in-law: Dr. Ralph and Mary Rausch
A private family visitation was held at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City and cremation rites were accorded thereafter, per Nick’s wishes.
Nick will be laid to rest at Saddle Lake in Michigan at a later date.
Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Nick’s memory to the American Cancer Society.
Family and friends are encouraged to log onto www.ReevesFuneral.com to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Nick’s memorial page online through social media.
Services and cremation arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)