Joseph A. Orozco

  • Died: August 23, 2021
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph A. Orozco, 94, 08/23/2021 lifelong resident from the South Side of
Chicago-Canaryville neighborhood. Beloved husband of the late Maureen (nee
Cox); treasured dad of Mary Maureen; loving relative of Jerry & Deanne
Gentile and family; loving Godfather of Jacqueline; dearest friend of John &
Eileen Gronkowski and family, Jack Burns and family; and truly the best of
friend to the entire St. Gabriel and Canaryville community. He loved you

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents Jose and Delfina Orozco (nee
Contraras), and siblings Franciscan Father Raphael Orozco, O.F.M., Sister
Mary Immaculate, O.S.C. Cap. (Capuchin Poor Clare), Delfina Orozco, and Juan
Orozco. His sister served the Capuchin Poor Clares for over 68 years and
his brother served many communities and families for over 56 years, so Joe
certainly had a direct line to Heaven.

Joe and his dad owned J & J Food and Liquor, the corner grocery store across
from the Victory Garden. There was a bar top in the back and that's were
all the neighborhood men would stop in to have a quick drink and pick up
groceries. It was his dad's idea to put the bar in the back, he said the
Irish loved to drink. Joe was an avid Chicago White Sox, Blackhawks and
Bears fan. When he was younger, some of his best times was going to the
hockey games with Jerry and his friends.

Joe was a lifetime member of the Canaryville Veteran's Association, served
in WWII, and was a proud United States Army Veteran. Some friends called him
the Mayor of Canaryville. He was a pillar of St. Gabriel Catholic Church
community and enjoyed going to mass daily and talking to everyone. Many
would get worried if they didn't see Joe in his favorite pew in the back of
the church, far left seat. The only time he would sit up front was when
Mary Maureen asked to be closer to the beautiful alter.

Joe loved his friendship with Father Rich Creagh, the church and school
staff, and all the kids. The kids knew Joe and for his 90th and 93rd
birthday they made him homemade greeting cards. There must have been over
70 cards each time and we sat and read every single one. His dearest
friends Johnny and Cindy surprised him and drove out to Elmhurst with a
special delivery of the kid's birthday cards for his 93rd birthday. Joe was
touched to tears. He said that his neighborhood was one in a million and if
anyone ever needed anything, everyone always took care of each other.

Father Rich shared a tribute to his dear friend:

"Every once in awhile, special people come into your life, and make a
profound difference. Joe was one of those "special " people! Joe was such a
happy person who brought joy to everyone he met! I honestly have never met
anyone who had such a strong faith in the Lord as Joe. He prayed for other
people every day of his life! He loved going to Mass every day, and St.
Gabe's was his second home! He was such an iconic person in Canaryville, and
it is safe to say, he was loved by all.

He loved the children in our school, and always would spend his Sundays in
the fall attending their football games. I would really enjoy sitting next
to him at those games! He had a great memory and I learned so much about the
history of the people of Canaryville from him.

"I will always gratefully remember how he and John Gronkowski drove me home
to the rectory to recover, after I had cancer surgery at Loyola Medical
Center in 2006.

There is a picture of Joe and myself that is one of my favorites. It was
taken two years ago, when I went out to visit Joe. The smiles on our faces
really expressed well our deep affection, friendship, and love we had for
each other.

"We all know and believe that Joe is in heaven - his eternal reward. I am
sure Jesus welcomed Joe with a big smile and said - Well done, O good and
faithful servant! Joe - You were the BEST and touched deeply our hearts. You
will always be remembered as an important role model for everyone, young and
old. Please continue to pray for us, Joe, now that you are one of the Saints
in heaven!"

Joe was dearly beloved by all who knew him, and he will be deeply missed.

Services at McINERNEY CENTRAL CHAPEL, 4635 S. Wallace St., Chicago, IL,
where family and friends will gather on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 8:00
a.m. until chapel prayers at 9:15 a.m. to St. Gabriel Church, 600 W. 45th
St., Chicago. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Private burial, St.
Mary's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions greatly appreciated to St. Gabriel Church
Bell Tower Fund or St. Gabriel School Fund would be appreciated.

For those attending services, PLEASE NOTE WEARING OF MASKS AND SOCIAL

Please visit JOSEPH OROZCO BOOK OF MEMORIES. To express your thoughts or
memories in the online guest book, visit
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Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest sympathies to Mary and her father's extended and loving family

Posted by Joyce Monahan - Clearwater, FL   August 28, 2021