Kazmer ‘Charles’ Budas, Acclaimed hair stylist
Kazmer Budas died at his home on April 10, 2007. Budas was a Forest Park resident.
He is survived by five children, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, his sister, Stella and one nephew.
Budas had a long career as a hair stylist that began with training from Bert Bauer. He became an operator in Joseph Nufers salon in Oak Park and in 1939 he won first and second prize at the St. Louis Convention. In March of 1940 he won the coveted gold trophy in the Midwest Trade Show at the Chicago Convention. Budas went on to win 11 other awards for his skills in hair design.
After serving five years in the military earning the rank of staff sergeant, he helped establish national guidelines at Southern Illinois University in the field of cosmological education. As secretary of Illinois Hairdressers Association, Budas wrote for numerous trade publications. He also served as president of the Chic University of Cosmetology in Grand Rapids, Mich. His last stint in the field of education was as the owner of the Waukegan School of Cosmetology.
Budas also owned the 5th Avenue Beauty Salon in Maywood.
As a parishioner at St. Bernardine’s Church, Budas helped develop the resource library, drove buses, helped with Bingo games and coordinated the annual garage sale. Upon retiring, he volunteered at the Women’s Center on North Cicero Avenue in Chicago and later received the Lifetime Volunteer Award for more than 12 years of service with the Family Resource Center.
Interment is at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, 7319 W. Madison St. in Forest Park.