Joseph R Rich

February 5, 1920 - March 2, 2021
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Joseph R. Rich, at the age of 101, passed away peacefully at home on March 2, 2021 in Venice, Florida. He was born on February 5, 1920 in Chicago, IL to Louis and Anne Rich.  He attended Northwestern University and proudly served in the US Army World War II.

Joseph married Irene Havlichek (D) on January 19, 1944, and together they raised six children. Gregory (Roberta), Donna Thomas, Diane Dziedzic (John), Raymond (Deanna), Joseph (D), Christine Mcconachie (John).  Joseph married Janice Mathews on October 11,1980 and with her daughters, Kathie Rudy (Jerry), Amy Grahn (Jeff), together they have eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Joseph worked many years with John Sexton Company, a national food supplier, where he was Vice President of Sales.  Upon retirement, he worked as a consultant in food services for the Salvation Army rehabilitation centers nationally.  He also volunteered as a Philosophy book reviewer for publishing houses.  He was very active in the Catholic Church, raising funds for the new church in Northbrook, IL and working with the Green Lake, WI church.  He had a passion working with area businesses to provide food supplies and goods for local nursing homes.

Joseph will be remembered for his zest for life, quick wit, love for his grandchildren, Italian music, and wine.

He will be missed and loved always.

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Born: February 5, 1920
Died: March 2, 2021

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Laura DiPaolo posted on 3/15/21

Mr. Rich was like a second Dad to me. His daughter Christine and I have been very close friends since 1st grade. I'll never forget the saying he had displayed in his kitchen: "Eat to Live, Don't live to Eat." To this day, that quote has inspired me. He loved to cook and be healthy! The fact that he could still do yoga poses at age 100+ speaks volumes. I'll miss you Mr. Rich. Love you so much. Thank you for all the memories. RIP. Laura (Heidbrink) DiPaolo


Judith R Rich posted on 3/13/21

So sorry you are not with us anymore in life, but in memories you will be with us forever. Wonderful person, wonderful life.


Ann Herre posted on 3/9/21

Jan and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember him walking your huge huge dog along Pinebrook.


Linda Shepherd posted on 3/8/21

So so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man.


Richard Margetic posted on 3/7/21

We're so sorry to hear of Uncle Joey's passing. Our thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Rick and Pamela Margetic


Kathy Earl posted on 3/6/21

So very sorry. He was a great guy and always fun to be around Kathy and Dan Earl