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Carmen P. Gambino

Passed away on January 22, 2020

Carmen P. Gambino, 86, of Schererville and Calumet City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Loretta (Michaels); loving children Valerie (Ronald) Weilmuenster, Natalie (Mark) DeJarlais, Diana (Andrew) Lihosit, and Brian (Anita) Gambino. He was cherished by his grandchildren Nicholas (Heather) DeJarlais, Michael DeJarlais, Joshua DeJarlais, Zachary Lihosit, Nicholas Gambino, Sophia Gambino, Austin Gambino and his great-grandson Aiden DeJarlais.

Also survived by his beloved sisters, Josephine DiBenedetto and Rose Pici, honored by his nieces and nephews and treasured by his many friends.                                                                                                                       

Carmen was preceded in death by his parents, Vincenzo (James) and Vita Gambino, and his brothers Joseph, Thomas, Ernest and Anthony.

Carmen was born in Buffalo, NY, moved with his family to Chicago, and settled in Calumet City where he lived for over 65 years. He was employed as a bookbinder at Rand McNally for many years, and then became an executive officer of the Graphic Arts Union and the Graphic Communications International Union, specializing in excellent negotiation skills. Since he worked since he was a youth, Carmen treated himself to an early retirement at age 60, leaving him even more time to enjoy pursuing his life-long hobbies of bowling and golfing. Carmen enjoyed singing along to music, dancing, and telling long but entertaining stories.

Carmen, along with his wife, was a very involved member of St. Victor’s Church, where he served as a Retreat Rector, RCIA instructor, Baptism team member, a Eucharistic Minister, and a proud leader of the Renovation Committee. He was a true example of a faith-filled man and gave so much in helping his church family.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Coronata Council #3806.

Carmen will be remembered as “a friend to everyone”, being proud of his Italian heritage, and for his beautiful blue eyes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Monday, January 27, 2020 DIRECTLY at St. Victor Church 553 Hirsch Ave. Calumet City.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Kish Funeral Home 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN. from 1:00 – 7:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association in Carmen’s name.  219-924-3333 or www.kishfuneralhome.net


DIRECTLY at St. Victor Church
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:30 am

Funeral Mass:
St. Victor Church
553 Hirsch Ave.
Calumet City, Illinois 60409
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:30 am

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

Memorial Contributions:

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association in Carmen’s name

Visitation Location

Kish Funeral Home
10000 Calumet Ave.
Munster, Indiana 46373

Visitation Information

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm

"Natalie, our most heartfelt sympathies to you and all your family at this special time of Grace for your father. I hear he shot par today and rolled a perfect game this afternoon!"
- Michael and Mary Ziemkowski
January 23, 2020 5:04 pm

"Dad, I loved to hear you sing; more in the good old days, but you always made me smile. I will forever cherish our family gatherings that always included at least one VERY LONG story that required eye contact as you told it. RIP dad G. "
- Anita
January 23, 2020 8:35 pm

"Natalie, Deepest sympathy from our family to yours...mi dispiace per la tua perdita...(I'm sorry for your loss!) All our love to you and your entire family! Love & prayers, Mike, Tami & Matt Brunke"
- Tami Brunke
January 23, 2020 10:00 pm

"So very for your loss of Carmen Loretta. Have known him since grade school at Wentworth/Woodrow Wilson school. Loved seeing you at the Golden Reunion dinners and luncheons at Tiebels. Rest in Peace dear friend. May you soar on the wings of Angels. Love Pat "
- Pat Cochran Lopez
January 24, 2020 7:19 am

"My heart is sadden to hear my cousin Carmen has passed. Please know that Lorretta and your family are in my prayers. I'm sorry I cant attend services. I'm with my sister in law Cheryl that's married to Tony she is in the hospital for renal failure. Sending my love to all. "
- Jo Ann Phelps of N.C.
January 24, 2020 10:55 am

"My deepest sympathy to Carmen's family and friends. A pleasure to have known him."
- Tom Sidote
January 26, 2020 8:08 am

"Natalie My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Im sorry I couldn’t make the wake today."
- Jane Wolan
January 26, 2020 7:02 pm

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