Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Irene Gendek, "Smokey"

Passed away on August 24, 2019

Irene ‘Smokey” Gendek, (nee Danielewski), age 91, lifelong of South Chicago passed away on August 24, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Erwin “Cooper” Gendek. Loving mother of Gregory, late Allen (Marva) Gendek and Cindy (Tony) Rusiniak. Devoted grandmother of Meridith (Shawn Crutcher) Gendek, Christopher (Ashley) Gendek and Angela Rusiniak. Cherished great-grandmother of Emmitt, Delaney and Wrigley. Preceded in death by 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Lifelong dedicated parishioner of St. Bronislava Church as a member of Rosary Society, St. Theresa Club and President of the Senior Citizens Club. Visitation Thursday 3-9 p.m. Funeral Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. from the Elmwood Chapel 11200 S. Ewing Ave. Chicago to St. Andrew the Apostle Church. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. 773-731-2749. www.elmwoodchapel.com.



Prayers at Elmwood Chapel
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 10:15 am

Funeral Mass:
St. Andrew the Apostle
768 Lincoln
Calumet City, Illinois 60409
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 11:00 am

Holy Cross Cemetery
801 Michigan City Rd
Calumet City, Illinois 60409

Visitation Location

East Side
11200 S. Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 731-2749


Visitation Information

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm

"I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. No matter how long we have our parents it’s never long enough. My prayers are with you and your family, Cindy."
- Denise Matthews
August 27, 2019 8:10 pm

Candles Lit