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John H. “Jack” Idstein

Published August 18,2019

Obituary's Biography:

John H. “Jack” Idstein, 91, a resident of Lindenhurst and formerly of Grayslake, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Village of Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst.  He was born November 8, 1927 in Chicago, IL to Joseph  and Anna Mae Idstein.  He was a member of St. Gilbert Catholic Church.  Jack met his wife, Mary, at a local Young Peoples Club, where they both started their love for skits, etc.  After moving to Grayslake in 1953, Jack sang in the Choir at St. Gilberts for over 50 years and was very active with the Knights of Columbus. Jack served in the United States Army.  He began his career as a postal worker, then owned a Sinclair gas service station in Chicago with two of his brothers, and in 1963 he began his career with Frank G. Hough/International Harvester in Libertyville, where he retired from as a general foreman—all while supporting his wife and seven kids.  He was involved with his sons in building 50 custom Lincoln log homes in the area.  More recently he enjoyed community activities at Victory Lakes. Jack participated in the Rush University Memory and Aging Project.

He is survived by his children, John R. (Patricia L.) Idstein of Grayslake, Dorothy A. (Hershel) Green of Springville, TN, Kenneth J. (Ania) Idstein of Grayslake, Paul H. (Karen)  Idstein of Canyon Lake, TX, and Margaret M. (Paul) Moore of Casa Grande, AZ;  grandchildren, Karrie Idstein of Scottsdale, AZ, Khristine Idstein of Kenosha, WI, Hershel A. Green III of Washington, DC, John (Jennifer) Green of Saluda, VA, Crystal Green of Baltimore, MD, James (Arianna) Green of Santee, CA, Katrina (Russell) Laws of Henderson, NV, Thomas (Abbie) Idstein of Grayslake, Derek (Erika) Idstein of Waxhaw, NC, Isaac (Alex) Idstein of San Antonio TX, and Paul Moore Jr. of Casa Grande, AZ; and seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard (Geraldine) and Robert Idstein.  He is preceded in death by his wife, MaryEllen, whom he married 68 years ago on September 9, 1950 in Chicago; his parents; two sons, Thomas M. Idstein and Daniel C. Idstein; grandson, Aaron Idstein; great-grandson, Hennessey Christian Young-Idstein; and brother, Joseph A. Idstein.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2019 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm (wear your BIBS  😉 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL.  Interment will be follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities.   For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

3 replies on “John H. “Jack” Idstein”

  1. Deepest sympathies to the Idstein family on the loss of your dad. Bless his sweet heart….91 years was an amazing time to have on earth. May God keep him in his loving arms and Grace.

  2. My wife and I send our condolences on the loss of both Jack and MaryEllen. They were the next door neighbors to my parents Dennis and Phyllis Roche in Independent Living at Victory for about 2 years. I remember going past their usually open door to their room and seeing them at mealtime. My parents left I.L. In May of last year for Long Term Care, Some months later we were visiting my mom in Long Term and we heard the recognizable sound of your dads voice coming from one of the rooms and the funny thing is that they were just down the hall from my mom, neighbors again. When We saw the names gone from the room we assumed they were moved somewhere else. We were in to talk to Jeanne on Friday and saw the obit on the bulletin board in the office. Once again We are sorry for your loss 2 more souls from the Greatest Generation. Like my folks they were depression era survivors as well as WWII veteran. My dad passed a year ago at age 95. My mother remains in Long Term Care taking it one day at a time. Best Regards to your family. Jeff and Debi

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