Paul Huetteman

Obituary for Paul Huetteman

September 11, 2020
Palos Park, Illinois

Loving Father, Husband and Educator


Paul Anthony Huetteman, a long-time resident of Palos Park, passed away on September 11th, 2020 just after his 94th birthday. After several weeks of declining health, Paul died peacefully with family by his side. He is survived by Rosalie, his wife of 65 years, his 5 children; Charlene (Vern) Piper, Dan (Gretchen), Carl (Julie), Larry (Nancy) and Dana (David) Bender, and his 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Paul is also survived by his youngest sister, Charlotte. His family and the Catholic Church were two of the most important things in his life. He deeply loved, and was deeply loved by all who knew him. Although Paul did not invent the "Dad joke" he certainly did his part to advance the art.

Paul was born in Detroit, MI followed by 3 loving sisters. After high school, Paul was drafted by the Army and served in the Signal Corps in Germany. After his discharge in 1946, Paul entered the seminary and began studying to be a priest, however his desire for a wife and family took him down a different path. Paul completed a degree in Industrial Education at Wayne State University under the GI bill. He went on to achieve a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Michigan in 1961.

While working at summer camps, Paul was introduced to Rosalie, a daughter of Italian immigrants. They were married in Detroit, MI in 1955 and soon started a family. Paul's 3 sisters and Rosalie's 7 siblings all settled in the Detroit area, and not a weekend went by without a large family gathering for birthdays, baptisms, or holidays.

Living in Troy and later Warren, MI, Paul was a counselor of students at Macomb County Community College from 1966 to 1968. Along with 9 colleagues from Macomb, the family left Detroit and relocated to Palos Park, Illinois, to inaugurate Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills in 1968. Initially hired as the Director of Counseling Services, he soon achieved the position of Dean of Student Personnel Services and then Director of Community Education, a role in which he served until his retirement in 1992. Paul dedicated his life to service of others. He served as President of the PLOWS Council on Aging, volunteered together with Rosalie working with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, hosted foreign exchange students and forever exemplified what it means to be a giving, loving, and caring individual.

The Huetteman family attended St. Michael's Parish in Orland Park and later joined Our Lady of the Woods Parish when it was founded in 1984. Paul served as a choir member, cantor and as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the sick. He took pride in serving communion to residents at assisted living facilities in the area, where he later became a resident himself. In 2005, in recognition of his commitment to the church, the Archdiocese of Chicago honored him with the Christifideles Award. Cardinal George recognized Paul as a layperson who demonstrates faithfulness and dedication in ministry.

As a final act of kindness and generosity, Paul made the humanitarian decision to donate his body to science, a noble act for the common good. There will never be a day that we won't miss his unique sense of humor and compassion for others.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • People wishing to honor Paul's lifelong commitment to family and community may make donations in his name to:
  • PLOWS Council on Aging
    7808 West College Drive, 5th Floor
    Palos Heights, IL 60463
  • American Macular Degeneration Foundation
    P.O. Box 515
    Northampton, MA 01061

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