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Samuel Kofron

Samuel "Sam" Kofron

Friday, June 21st, 1946 - Friday, June 5th, 2020
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Samuel "Sam" Kofron, age 73, of Evergreen Park and Merrionette Park, IL, beloved husband of the late Catherine A. Kofron, nee Voris (2011). Devoted son of the late Anna and Peter Hanley. Loving brother of Mary Ann (Herb) Anderson, Anne Marie Prendergast, Sandy (John) Blair and Gene (Pam) Becker. Cherished uncle, great-uncle, great-great-uncle, cousin and friend of many.

If Sam wasn't fishing somewhere, he could often be found rummaging his way through flea markets and garage sales in search of treasures. Upon finding such gems, he would artfully and skillfully negotiate a price--never committing to the transaction until he tipped the scale just slightly in his favor.

Due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and for the safety of the family and community, a private Funeral Service to celebrate Sam's life will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Colonial Chapel. While this service is limited to Sam's immediate family, a live-stream will be available. Please email Colonial Chapel at info@colonialchapel.com to receive a link to view the service online. Private burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Brookfield Zoo's Annual Fund c/o Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield, IL 60513 are appreciated.

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Norine Martin

Posted at 10:20am
I am Sam's cousin, Norine Kofron Martin. Sam's mother, Evelyn, was my aunt. I remember visiting Sam once or twice during my childhood and remember my parents telling my brothers and me that Sam was living with a loving family. The Kofron family kept in touch with Sam and he was at many special Kofron family events. The last time I saw Sam was at my cousin Joanne and her husband Tom's 50th wedding anniversary dinner. Sam always had a smile on his face. My husband and I were very moved by the beautiful service held for Sam. He touched many lives and his goodness will not be forgotten.
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Anton Iberle

Posted at 04:19am
I met Sam in the Cardinal Bernardin Council of the Knights of Columbus in Evergreen Park a few years ago. For the past several years, Sam was elected a guard. His duties were to make sure that you were a member, signed in at our meetings and helped with the split the pot. Sam was always pleasant. I would describe him as a gentle man. About 10 years ago, at one of our council's picnics, we brought our golden retriever, Bismarck. He took an instant liking to Sam and Sam to him. At our Council meetings, Sam would always ask about Bismarck and after I told Sam that Bismarck liked liver sausage, Sam made sure that I took any left over liver sausage home to give to Bismarck. My wife, Sharon and I would run into Sam once in a while in the area and also at "The Center" when he took care of the animals. I was truly saddened to learn of his illness and passing. I will miss him.
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Judy Hrad

Posted at 08:42pm
Sam has been a faithful friend and co-leader of St Christina SPRED For 20 years. We’ve had many conversations about the ups and downs of life. He had great curiosity, an endearing smile and cared truly about his friends. God Bless Sam. I and all of your SPRED family will miss you.
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Sherry Hojnacki

Posted at 03:20pm
I am so very sorry to hear of Sam's passing. I met Sam at St. Christina Church a few years back. I had the experience in volunteering with him at PADS. He was such a very kind man. He would always go out of his way to say hello to me and he always had a smile on his face. He was always so kind and friendly to me. God bless Sam's family during this most difficult time, May Sam rest in peace with God Our Father and fly amongst the Angels in heaven. Sam's has definitely earned his angels wings. RIP my friend.
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Joanne

Posted at 01:29pm
I’m Sam’s cousin Joanne Kofron Carlson, daughter of Ed Kofron. I met Sam when we were eight or nine years old. Our family owned a grocery store and my Dad brought food to his sister Evelyn sometimes on Sunday afternoons. Once I rode along and saw a boy my same age there and it was Sam. He was quiet, polite and nice. We met as children from time to time but not often. I asked my Dad where Sam was and he told me he was living with a nice family, the Hanley family, and it was a better place for him. My dad had a soft spot for Sam and as he grew older, he included Sam in our family gatherings. My sister Barb and I continued including Sam in our families and our lives and we’re richer for it. Our children were tuned into the wake service today and we all thought it was a beautiful tribute. It gave us a chance to see him and begin to say goodbye. We’ll all miss him. God bless your gentle soul Sam. Enjoy heaven! Say hi to our Mom and Dad for us. I know they’ll come to greet you. Love ya! Joanne and Tom.
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