Alfons M. Kvedaras passed away January 29, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. Born on September 29, 1928, Al grew up in Burnham, Illinois and graduated from Thornton Fractional High School. In 1950, he was drafted and headed to Fort Leonard Wood for basic training before deployment to Korea. He returned in 1952 and attended classes at Indiana University. In 1957 he married Anne Gadeikis, the love of his life.
Music was central in his life. He enjoyed a variety of sounds, including classical, country, opera and zither. His chosen instrument was the accordion, which he continued to play well into his later years. Al enjoyed hunting, fishing, and keeping up his home and lawn. Al was a devoted father and loving grandfather, enjoying nothing more than a noisy gathering with the whole family. In retirement, Al and Anne traveled extensively, exploring both the USA and abroad.
Al also enjoyed volunteering at the Homewood Police Department, in particular supporting the Juvenile First Offenders Program, now known as the Peer Jury Program.
He is survived his children, Kathy (Ted) Golos, Jim (Cathy), John and Alaine (Dan Heden) Kvedaras. Al is survived also by his grandchildren, Eva and Stefan Golos and Justin and Lauren Kvedaras as well as his sister, Anna Losiniecki and his cousin Joseph Janusonis. The family wants to express special thanks to his devoted caregiver, Shy.
Memorial visitation will be held Monday, February 3 from 9:00 am until time of prayers, 10:15 am at Ryan Funeral Home, 18022 Dixie Highway in Homewood, and continues on to St. Joseph Church for 10:30 am mass. Interment with full military honors will at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at 2:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made in his memory to the Homewood Police Department Peer Jury Program. Contact Ryan Funeral Home for further information, (708)798-0331.