Accomplished accordionist

Eugene Joseph Fedorski, 86 years young, of North Riverside, formerly of Forest Park, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on May 13, 2022. 

Gene was a lifelong, accomplished accordionist and music teacher, who, at an early age, won the Morsby Sax talent show on WGN. He brought music alive to those from all walks of life, including a former U.S. President, former Illinois Governor, and his most precious audience, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a snappy dresser, loved a good McDonald’s vanilla milkshake, and lived to serve his family. One of his greatest joys was cheering on his kids and grandkids at their many sporting events and extra-curricular activities throughout their school years. 

During his retirement he enjoyed golfing with his wife and family and vacationing with them in Siesta Key, Florida and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He was chauffeur extraordinaire for his grandkids and many of their friends, neighbors and classmates. Quietly faithful, he lived life with a servant’s heart — always generous to those in need, rooting for the underdog, helping those who could not help themselves. A sensitive soul, he would cry at commercials, movies and momentous life events. He was a member of the American Accordion Club, a popular employee at the Chicago Board of Trade and a longtime member of Christ Church of Oak Brook. An Illinois National Guard Veteran, in his final act of generosity, his body will be donated to the Anatomical Society. 

Gene Fedorski was the husband and best friend of Mary Fran (nee Halpin) for 53 years; the father of Jim (Kim) Fedorski, Maggie (Bob) Filec, Tim (Amy) Fedorski and Dan (Dana) Fedorski; Grandpa “Geno” of Emily (Jeremy) Bernas, Robby (Sarah) Filec, Frankie (Coco Murray) Filec, Mary Filec, Kenny and Katie Fedorski, Meghan, Hayley, Will and Brynn Fedorski and Abigail, Madison, Daniel, Davis, Benjamin, Samuel, Caroline and Camden Fedorski;

 and great-grandpa “Juju” of Francesca and Nora Bernas. He was the son of the late Joseph and Ann (nee Gush) Fedorski; brother of the late Joanne Cesare; brother­in-law of Susanne (Peter) O’Malley, Jeannine (Bill) Havlik, Nancy Kay (the late Tom) Haran, Margie Callahan and Michael (Marge) Halpin; and the uncle and great-uncle of many nieces and nephews. 

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20, at Palos Community Church, 12312 S. 88th Ave., Palos Park, IL 60464. Memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated. Arrangements were handled by Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, North Riverside.