Zeno Jacquat, 83

Concertina player, library volunteer, literacy tutor

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Zeno Jacquat, 83, of Oak Park, died on Sept. 13, 2016. Born in Switzerland in 1933, he married his sweetheart Georgette in 1959. They lived in several countries during their early years of marriage, settling in Oak Park in 1968. He traveled much of the globe in his work as a service technician of printing equipment. A longtime parishioner of St. Edmund Parish, he was a member of the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago and the Swiss Club. A polyglot, he was fluent in five languages and always willing to help others of any language. He enjoyed singing with friends in the Harlem Maenner und Damen Chor in Forest Park and played the concertina. A longtime Friend of the Forest Park Public Library, he proudly served as a volunteer tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County. A loving husband, father and dear friend, he shared his joy of life, lust for learning, and love of music with all who knew him.

Zeno will be dearly missed, but the love he shared will live on. 

Zeno Jacquat is survived by his wife, Georgette; his five children, Reno (Jennifer), Nadine (Tom), Manuel (Diane), Nathalie, and Christian (Amy); and his 10 grandchildren, Corinne, Kendall, Griffin, Glory, Zoe, Payton, Rian, Quinn, Eden, and Felix; and his sister, Sylvie and brother Ralf, both living in Switzerland. 

A memorial celebration is being planned for a future date. 

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