On September 1, 2021, Pablo Szczepanski, 86, of Glendale Heights, entered into the glory of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a short illness. Born on a farm in Paraguay in 1935 to Mariano and Maria Szczepanski, he moved with his family to Argentina at age 15 and trained to be a skilled tailor and suit-maker. He moved to Chicago in 1968, staying with his brother Eugenio and his wife Valentina until he could get his career established. He married his wife Emilia in 1970, settling into their home in Glendale Heights in 1976, where they raised two children and lived until the end of their days.
Pablo was a tailor, a profession that he would continue to work at until the age of 83, culminating with a long career with Brooks Brothers at their flag-ship stores throughout Chicagoland. Founded in 1818, Brooks Brothers has been a destination for classic American clothing for over two hundred years and is a choice supplier for US Presidents and the US Navy. Dad’s unique skill set kept his craftsmanship in demand into his early 80’s when he would continue to work three days per week.
He enjoyed reading the gospel, discussing current events, photography, cooking/barbequing and instilled the love of cars and the car hobby into his two sons. He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling around the country on family vacations and reunions in New York, Virginia and Florida, and of course – Wisconsin Dells. He was always appreciative of family photographs and home-movies of his children and grand-children.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Emilia Szczepanski. He is survived by his son David, married son James (Tara) and their three daughters Brittany, Jessica, and Elizabeth, his sister in-law (Valentina), nieces Rosa (Alan) Tabb, Martha (Michael) Rotolo, Ana (John) Devine, their families and one sister Lidia.
Condolences will be shared with a small group of family and friends Friday, September 10, 2021, at 1 pm, at Wheaton Cemetery, 1209 S. Warrenville Rd., Wheaton, IL 60189. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed toward Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
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