Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Joseph Florez, Sr.

Passed away on September 13, 2020

Joseph Florez, Sr., age 70 late of Hegewisch and formerly of South Deering passed away on September 13, 2020. Loving father of Joseph (Camille) Florez, Jr. Devoted grandfather of Luke Florez and Samuel Florez. Dear son of the late Michael Florez and late Lola Florez. Dearest brother of Vera Rodish and late Michael Florez. Fond uncle of Jana Rodish and many other nieces and nephews. U. S. Army Vietnam War Veteran, He was the recipient of the “Purple Heart Medal”. Retired employee of Iron Workers Union Local #1. Visitation Wednesday 2-9 p.m. Funeral Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. from the Elmwood Chapel 11200 S. Ewing Ave. Chicago, IL to St. Kevin Church. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood, IL. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic face coverings, social distancing guidelines a well as attendance numbers will be followed at the funeral home, church and cemetery. 773-731-2749. www.elmwoodchapel.com.



Prayer at Elmwood Chapel
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 9:15 am

Funeral Mass:
St. Kevin Church
10501 S. Torrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 10:00 am

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
27034 Diagonal Road
Elwood, IL 60421

Visitation Location

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


Visitation Information

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm

"Florez Family I’ve known Joe since high school and he continued to be a very sweet friendly person. Before COVID I would see Joe at Zplanet Fitness and he always made it a point to say hello. May he Rest In Peace. I pray that you will find comfort during this difficult time."
- Lupe Mendoza
September 14, 2020 11:58 am

"I have always thought of Joe his sister Vera, his brother Mickey and his Mother Lola as family. I thought of Lola as my second Mother, she gave me my first exposure to Mexican food, both eating and making it. I will forever cherish all those great growing up memories. I'm so sad to have lost a part of my family, but I will never lose all those great family memories. I am sending my condolences to all of Joe's family and to my sister Vera and her family. "
September 14, 2020 5:19 pm

"Our deepest sympathy to the Florez and Rodish families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Rest easy Joe."
- Frank Esquivel & Family
September 14, 2020 10:16 pm

"Joe was family to us. He was such a wonderful man, so caring and loving. We will miss his special birthday cakes that he always brought for his Grandsons' birthdays! We'll hold his memories close to our hearts. XXOO "
- Tom and Laura Cialoni
September 15, 2020 4:48 pm

"My deepest sympathy to the Flores family. Joe was a great person and proud Vietnam Brother. He will be deeply missed."
- John Prendergast
September 15, 2020 4:56 pm

"I am saddened to hear of yet another of our South Deering lads passing on. Too many of these young men of our old neighborhood have departed with many "yesterdays", and not enough "tomorrows." While I knew Joe all my life, he was of a different age-group growing up. I knew his brother Mickey better, and his sister Vera I knew very well. As older teens, we would hang around at night in from of Santucci's candy store across from Bright School. I have vivid memories of Mickey and Joe running across the schoolyard to buy some candy or chips from the store. We would kid with them and, on occasion, toss them a nickle or a dime. Joe grew up to be a fine young man whom I am told was a pretty good ironworker and also a Vietnam veteran who served his country well. But, in my mind, I will always carry that visual of those two young boys running across the schoolyard. My wife Mary and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to his son, grandchildren, his sister Vera, and the rest of his extended family. Say "hello" to Mickey and the rest of our departed friends Joe...and may you rest in eternal peace."
- Nanie Cueller
September 16, 2020 12:43 pm

"My sincerest condolences to the Florez family. I have known Joe since high school and always believed him to be the true embodiment of a gentleman. He was so proud of his sons and grandsons and always spoke highly of them. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. I was honored and privileged to call him friend."
- Josephine Del Rio
September 16, 2020 1:04 pm

"Dear Florez Familia. I met Joe in high school sharing many laughs. Always a gentleman. As we got older he would stop over & we would share many great conversations. Your kindness will always be remembered Till we meet again on the flip side. Your amiga. Camille Borozan "
- Camille Borozan
September 17, 2020 9:32 am

Candles Lit
"Rest in peace Our thoughts and prayers are with you"
- Joe&Esther Arredondo
September 15, 2020 4:32 pm

"My sincerest condolences to the Florez family on the loss of your father, grandfather and brother. I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Joe. He was a very good man and a real gentleman. The mold was broken when he was born. May God bless your family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Joe. "
- Flo Gonzales
September 16, 2020 11:28 am