On Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, Richard John Pudlo, 77, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Linda Pudlo (nee Mainiero), father of Julie Kinsman (Corey), Amy Pudlo, and Michael Pudlo. Cherished grandfather of Cooper and Lily Kinsman. Dear brother of Lorraine Spike (Roger), Diane Zentmyer (Hugh), Ted (Claudia), and Chester (the late Linda). Brother-in-law of Cyndi Parisi (Bill). Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Rich will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Memorial Mass at St. Louise de Marillac Church, 1144 Harrison Ave, La Grange Park.

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In his younger years, Rich loved golfing and going on ski trips where he met his wife, Linda. Upon becoming a devoted husband and loving father, he enjoyed boating, grilling, visiting national parks and spending time with his family. Some of his favorite hobbies included playing with the family dogs, watching the History Channel and preparing for tax season.

He often Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. challenged his daughter, Julie, to a game of chess, always coming out the victor. He spent many happy moments with his daughter, Amy, analyzing current events and passing on his many home improvement tips and tricks. He cherished the moments he spent with his son, Michael, tending to the household garden, maintaining the family vehicles and advising him upon financial investments.

He was known for his unique birthday toasts, spectacular firework shows, and his kind and compassionate spirit.



Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021 12:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Mattone's Restaurant
9 E 31st St
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Celebration of Life

Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Louise de Marillac Church
1144 Harrison Ave
La Grange Park, IL 60326


Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Louise de Marillac Church
1144 Harrison Ave
La Grange Park, IL 60526


  • Survived By
  • Linda Pudlo, Wife
  • Julie Pudlo, Daughter
  • Amy Pudlo, Daughter
  • Michael Pudlo, Son
  • Cooper Kinsman, Grandson
  • Lily Kinsman, Granddaughter

Life Story Info



Post Date

Apr 06, 2021


Personal Info


Chicago, Illinois, United States


La Grange Park, Illinois, United States

Cause of Death






Religion and Beliefs



Systems Analyst

Worked For

  • Komatsu


  • Master's
    De Paul University
  • High School
    Lane Technical High School
  • Bachelor's
    Chicago Technical College
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Rest In Peace

David C Workman , Chicago, IL, US Apr 13, 2021


Chester Pudlo Apr 10, 2021

You will be missed

Lorraine Spike , Danville, IL, US Apr 10, 2021

Condolences on the loss of your husband and dad! It sounds like you had a wonderful time together. Joe has fond memories of growing up around his “cool uncle,” and we had a blast at Julie and Corey’s wedding at Copper Mountain.

Joe Zentmyer & Selena Kyle , Chicago, IL, US Apr 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Your fireworks shows will be missed!

Sara Fitzgerald , Brookfield , IL, US Apr 10, 2021

Bueatiful ceremony.

Hugh and Diane Zentmyer , Mundelein , IL, US Apr 10, 2021

I’m forever grateful I stayed over the other New Year’s Eve and got to experience another live firework experience & used ALL of the sparklers! Love you all and I’m here for any of you!

Mary Kate Jackson , Nashville, TN, US Apr 10, 2021

So incredibly sorry for your loss. All my love. ~Amanda

Amanda Lerner , Seattle, WA, US Apr 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss.

Debbie and Chris Jensen , Lake Forest, IL, US Apr 10, 2021

Sorry for your lost.

Allan & Kathy Spike , Rochester Hills, MI, US Apr 10, 2021

We are sorry for your loss. We will always remember the great conversations with Mr. Pudlo at the pig roasts.

Jordan and Al DeSanto , Brookfield, IL, US Apr 10, 2021

Our condolences

Sharon A Liska , Berwyn , IL, US Apr 10, 2021


  • 1960
  • 1967

    Earned Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Chicago Technical College

  • 1980
  • 1985

    Married Linda Mainiero

  • 1986

    Birth of Daughter, Julie

  • 1986

    Earned Master's degree in Computer Science from De Paul University.

  • 1986

    Bought family home in La Grange Park where he built many happy memories with his family over the years.

  • 1987

    Birth of Daughter, Amy

  • 1990
  • 1990

    Birth of Son, Michael

  • 1995

    Welcomed home the family dog, Dusty (after much pestering by his children).

  • 2010
  • 2017

    Gave away oldest daughter, Julie, at her wedding with Corey Reed Kinsman.

  • 2019

    Became a grandfather to Cooper Ryan Kinsman

  • 2020
  • 2021

    Became a grandfather to Lily Madelynn Kinsman