Paul Huetteman

  • Died: September 11, 2020
  • Location: Palos Park, Illinois

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Father, Husband and Educator

Message From The Family

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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.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

It was always fun to go to the Huetteman House back in grade school. Mr. Huetteman, Dana's Dad, was kind & knowledgable. It was like a party was always going in with so many kids & friends & the volleyball net in the backyard. At church, Mr. Huetteman always seemed to be in the center of the chorus with a boisterous voice & bright light around him because he shined when singing. Good to know that the bright lights continue on with the Huetteman kids. Our sympathies.

Posted by Beth Range Kiely & Terry Kiely - Chicago, IL - Family Friend   October 01, 2020

Paul was kind and generous to me and my family. During the renovation of our house He and Rosalee welcomed us to their home for a few months in 2001. It was a singularly wonderful gesture that meant a lot to our family at the time. Having known and been friends with their family for years, staying with Paul and Rosalee felt like being home and part of their family. We will miss him.

Posted by Keelin Wyman - Chicago, IL - friend   September 30, 2020

We have heard many wonderful stories over the years from Dan about his father and know he was well loved. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Posted by Scott & Karin Maida - Minneapolis, MN - Family Friend   September 27, 2020

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Even in the few times I met Paul it was obvious what a bright soul he was. His kindness, friendliness, and genuine love for all was clear to me. It is no surprise that he would administer Holy Communion to the elderly and homebound. I am certain his smile, kindness and charm brightened the day for those he visited. He leaves a legacy of family, love and acts of Christian kindness. What a legacy! So sorry for Dana and the Huetteman family for your loss. Prayers. Tom Carroll

Posted by Thomas Carroll - Chicago, IL - Family Friend   September 27, 2020

Tom and Joan Wisinski express their Deepest Sympathy to Paul's family. We all will miss him and his humor.

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Posted by Joan & Tom Wisinski - Palos Park, IL - Friend   September 23, 2020

Uncle Paul was so kind. Every time I saw him he was always so gracious. He had the loving gift
of looking you in the eye and wanted to hear
all about how you were doing. Will miss him

Posted by Kathy Squillace - Grosse Pointe Woods, MI - Family   September 23, 2020

In the Bible (Matt 10:42), Jesus tells his disciples that (paraphrasing) "anyone who gives a cup of cold water to someone in need will certainly not lose their reward." I can't read that verse without thinking of Paul. When I was about 10 years old, I was visiting Paul and Rosalie at their house in Troy. It was a hot day and outside their home there were two older men sitting on the curb, hot and tired. Paul went into the house and came back with a glass of cold water for each of them and asked if they wanted more. That really exemplified the caring person Paul was. Enjoy your "reward" Paul. You truly earned it!

Posted by Jim Tavernit - Apex, NC - Family   September 22, 2020

uncle Paul was all that and much more. I'm so happy he led such a long and wonderful life.

Posted by Ron Tavernit - Romeo, MI - Family   September 22, 2020


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