Ben Abraham

Ben Abraham

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
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Ben Abraham, 94, was a long time resident of Streamwood, IL, moving there from Chicago with his family in 1965. He was a loving husband to Ann for 66 years; devoted father to Michelle (Kerry) Kohlbacher of Crystal Lake, Christine of Streamwood, and Matthew of Villa Park; proud grandfather of Shea (Lynn) Hanson, and Kerry Luke Kohlbacher, and dear brother-in-law, and a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Lane Technical High School in Chicago in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Force during WWII and was stationed in the Philippines.

After military service, Ben used his gifted talents working in many trades; rebuilding car engines, installing elevators, construction, bricklaying; where he helped construct many of the new Dominick’s grocery stores that were expanding in the Chicago area, also working on the expansion of the Wilmette Water Treatment Plant. He retired from Basic Wire and Cable in Chicago where he was in charge of building maintenance.

He loved fishing, especially with his brother-in-law Aram, where both families enjoyed many years of vacations together in Wisconsin’s Tomahawk area. In his retirement, other than fishing, his talents continued where he would spend hours in his workshop, crafting and building furniture, chairs, desks, tables, clocks and various artwork for family and friends. And if something was broken, knowing that if you gave it to him, he could likely fix it. And at 94, still sharp enough to correct any of us regarding streets and locations in the city of Chicago where he grew up.

He was loved by so many and will be dearly missed.
Services and burial will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when we can gather together.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Elmwood Cemetery
    2905 Thatcher Avenue
    River Grove, Illinois 60171
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Elmwood Cemetery
    2905 Thatcher Ave.
    River Grove, iIllinois 60171
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Liz Esquivel

Posted at 07:46pm
May our lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. You will be missed Benny. Thank you for the beautiful wood clock you made for me. I will make take good care of it. -Liz

Craig Markarian

Posted at 07:43pm
Uncle Benny was my Godfather. He taught me many things, especially the art of fishing. He could tell you what kind of fish was on the line before it even surfaced just by the way it was pulling on the bait. He gladly helped me build a custom train set in my teens in his basement which was very cool of him. Not having much knowledge about electrical wiring, he was able to easily wire the track & remote for me. He always took time to show me how certain things worked so I could take that knowledge & use it in the future. He was also very funny. I don't think a lot of people would figure that unless you hung out with him. We also shared our musical tastes. And anyone who knew Uncle Benny knows how much he enjoyed his tunes. I will miss that part. I will miss my Godfather, but I will never forget all the times my dad & I went fishing together with him & my cousin Matt. Much Love to you Uncle Benny. Fish on!

Ben Rudenga and JoAnna Casale

Posted at 10:08am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Lori and Chris Tumilty

Posted at 09:58pm
Our prayers are with the family at this time
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