Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Robert B. Zajeski , Sr., "Ja Ja"

Passed away on August 2, 2019

Robert B. Zajeski Sr., “Ja Ja”, age 90.  Late of Crete, Illinois formerly of Dolton and West Pullman.  Passed away August 2, 2019.  Beloved husband of Joan Zajeski (nee Dzork) for 68 years.  Loving father of Robert B. (Joyce) Zajeski Jr., John B. (Gayle) Zajeski, Fred A. (Jan) Zajeski, Ralph A. (Barb) Zajeski, Cynthia (Dale) Sarnowski, and Ray (Susan) Zajeski.  Cherished grandfather Ben (Becca), Dale (Halley), Alex (Elyssa), Timothy, Randy (Mallory), Kristina (Anthony), Samantha (Danny), Chris (Rebecca), David, Jared, Michelle (Nick), and Alyssa.  Dearest great grandfather Alec, Jace, Natalie, Nora, and the late Nina.  Dear brother of the late Daniel and the late James Zajeski.  Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.  Veteran of the U.S. Army.  Bob was a longtime employee of Aetna Engineering and member of Ironworkers Union Local #63.  He was the proud inventor and owner of Addometer.  Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019 3-8 pm.  Funeral Services Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 9:30 am from the Elmwood Funeral Chapel 11300 W. 97th Ln. (1/2 block west of US 41/Wicker Ave. at 97th LN.) St. John to St. John the Evangelist Church – Day Chapel (Corner of 93rd and 41).  An inurnment will be held at Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL. at a later date.  For more information 219-365-3474 or www.elmwoodchapel.com


Prayers at Elmwood Chapel
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 9:30 am

Funeral Mass:
St. John the Evangelist Church - Day Chapel
Corner of 93rd and 41
St. John, Indiana 46373
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 10:00 am

Assumption Cemetery
Glenwood, Illinois

Visitation Location

St. John
11300 W. 97th Lane
St. John, IN 46373
(219) 365-3474


Visitation Information

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm

"I, like you all, am very saddened by Bob's passing. He was my cousin and I have nothing but fond memories of our interactions throughout his life. When I was a pre-teen, Bob would cut my hair at his father's house in West Pullman. He gave me great haircuts and, observing that I was a timid, unsmiling child, he would do everything he could to make me crack a smile, which included wiggling his ears. That was an amazing feat and it always made me laugh. I grew up in an era when we children were very fearful of our stern, male elders, but Bob stood out as a very nice, friendly, approachable man, and that meant an awful lot to me when I was growing up. He was such a kind, intelligent, congenial human being. I am proud to be his cousin and I will miss him very much. "
- Lawrence Katuzny
August 3, 2019 9:24 pm

"We are truly sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
- Connie and Courtney Cook
August 3, 2019 11:05 pm

"Dear Joan and family, we cant remember a family event when you and JaJa were not around. You always made us feel welcome. Sometimes it was just to play around with kids, or building Globe lights with Ralph in the basement. We know he will be missed , but you have a lot of good memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."
- Pamela Pappa
August 10, 2019 4:15 pm

Candles Lit
"The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrain. For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains. Anonymous"
- Valerie and Fred McHugh
August 5, 2019 10:03 am

"I don't know him at all, but he seemed to do a good job turning Bob into the generous man he is and a good friend."
- pete kost
August 5, 2019 3:12 pm