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Oscar Muniz

Published December 07,2020

Obituary's Biography:

Oscar Muniz, 80, of Lake Zurich, Illinois passed away on November 28, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born to parents Benito and Andrea Muniz on January 10, 1940, in Raymondville, Texas. Being one of 10 children, Oscar didn’t have the opportunity for much formal education. He helped provide for his family by working the fields of various farms. He married Minnie, the love of his life, in 1957, and completed their family with a daughter and son. His work ethic and desire to take care of his family led him to find opportunity far from his hometown. He found a home in Lake Zurich in 1967. At that time, Oscar began a career at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Simply known as “Oscar”, his kindness and eagerness to help made him a beloved fixture at the school by both faculty and students alike. He retired from his Security Guard position in 2007 after 40 years of service. In 2008, he was given the Heritage Award in recognition of how his contributions provided a powerful legacy for the Stevenson community. Oscar was known for his love of family, cooking, and sports. A familiar sight was him commanding a grill to make his famous BBQ chicken. He inflicted his love of football and baseball on all who knew him. An avid Dallas Cowboys fan and Chicago Cubs fan, his last wish for a World Series victory was realized in 2016. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and coaching youth sports. Oscar is survived by his children Melinda Perry (Lyle) and Oscar Jr (Sharon); grandchildren Rachel, Abel, Adrian, Jacob, Ethan, Eva and great-grandchildren Anabella, Aiden, Lyla. He was affectionately known as “Dad”, “Pops”, “Big O”, “Pappo”, and “Grandpa O”. Oscar was predeceased by his wife, Minnie, his parents, Benito and Andrea, and siblings Maria Inez, Bevo, Aurelia, Jesus (Chuy), San Juana, and Reyes.  A memorial visitation and mass will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10:00am until 11:00am with the funeral mass commencing at 11:00am at St Gilbert’s Catholic Church 301 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL.  Inurnment will follow at Avon Centre Cemetery in Grayslake, IL.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

13 replies on “Oscar Muniz”

  1. So so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a fixture in Lake Zurich that’s for sure! My prayers to your family❤ Mrs. Bird (Ben’s mom)

  2. Our most sincere condolences, from all of the Garza family. May the peace if our Lord be with all of you, and may Oscar RIP.

  3. Our condolences to you and your family. We remembered your dad when John and James
    played baseball little league. All the kids liked him. And when we used to see him and your mom together at parties and gatherings. He leaves a lot of good and unforgettable memories. He is in heaven with the love of his life. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

  4. Uncle Oscar and Aunt Minerva; gone to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; will never be forgotten; until we meet again.

  5. Another one of Christ’s soldiers marched home to the glory land. His work here is done, was done in excellence and will be carried on by Oscar Jr. Rest easy big O.

  6. I fondly remember Oscar! He was a daily part of my life for 4 years. While I was a handful, Oscar was always kind and seemed to know the shenanigans’ of teenagers was to be looked at like a grain of salt. He saw the good in people because HE was Good! I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless your family at this difficult time!

  7. A kinder person is unlikely. Oscar helped everyone and had a heart bigger than all of outdoors. I will always remember Oscar and the help he gave me more than once I might add. Truly a wonderful individual. God’s speed Oscar! You will be remembered and loved by many, many grateful people!

  8. This is so sad to see. Oscar and I were good buddies while I was a student. He loved his work and was a great friend to the students. May Gods bless him.

  9. I just wanted to pass along my condolences to The Muniz family on Oscar’s passing. Oscar was a good man, a solid fixture at Stevenson and he left a huge imprint upon the faculty, staff, and students at Stevenson High School because of his decency and his ability to see the good in all the people he encountered. I will always remember the ever present, the “small talk” that had an impact on me later on in my career because of the wisdom of those words. There was no better recipient for the Heritage Award than Oscar. He represented what Stevenson should be and what Stevenson should strive to be even today. The Muniz family and Oscar will be in my prayers. Thank you Big O that you brought to the Stevenson Community. Bob Ward

  10. So sorry for your loss. Oscar was a great man! He was also so nice to me at Stevenson high school when I attended in 1979 as a freshman. He used to call me PeeWee because I was a whopping 4’2″. What a sweet soul. I wish I would have know of his passing sooner so I could have attended the funeral. RIP Oscar. I think I can speak for everyone at Stevenson when I say “We loved you”!!

  11. Oscar… My friend my mentor… I started working at Stevenson high school in 1979 -you were the person who trained me and got me through the first months at SHS. You were a great teacher I learned so much from you. You had the respect and love from all the faculty,staff and students. You were the heart and soul of Stevenson high school. My sincere condolences to Oscars Family.

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