US Navy

Nick M. Zigrossi

June 22, 1924 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 97)

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Nick M. Zigrossi

Age 97 of Joliet, IL, passed into eternal life on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Lightways Hospice, Joliet, surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 22, 1924, Nick was a son of Dominico and Lucia (Née D’Amico) Zigrossi. He was raised and educated in the Joliet Schools system and retired from the EJ & E Railway in 1982.

Nick was a proud Navy veteran of World War II and a lifetime member of Stone City Post #2199, where his Navy photo is proudly displayed. Nick recently received full honors for his Naval Service by Honor Flight Chicago.

He enjoyed being a member of the Joliet Moose, American Slovenian Home and the Croatian Cultural Club. He was an avid Polka fan; especially active on weekends, both dancing and listening to his favorite Polka and Waltz music.

Nick will be warmly remembered for his compassion, honesty, and caring ways. His witty humor and love for playing “Happy Birthday” with his beloved harmonica, to family and loved ones shall be truly missed.

The family conveys immense gratitude to his visiting Hospice Nurse, Jen, Music Therapist, Allison, the entire Lightways Hospice staff, and Sandy, from Meals on Wheels. Special appreciation and love goes to his dear neighbor and friend, Ann Kanta. Nick adored his caregivers, neighbors and friends, which allowed him to remain in his home until his final two days of life.  

Survivors include his children; Michael (Sandra Spivey) Zigrossi, Susan (Ronald) Orsini of Naperville, Timothy (Diane Seiler) Zigrossi and Terrance (Ann Jeriha) Zigrossi; numerous cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.         

Nick was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Kay Frances (Née Hoffman) Zigrossi (2015), his parents; his siblings; Luigi (in infancy), Rudolph, Vise, Lydia and Raymond.                                                          

Visitation will be held at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435 on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at 7:30 the funeral home chapel, Rev. Anthony Nyamai officiating.

Nick will be entombed at Resurrection Cemetery in a private ceremony on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.  

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Nick’s memory to: Lightways Hospice, Joliet.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the genuine care and direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125.

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November 16, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Funeral Service
November 16, 2021

7:30 PM
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Laid to Rest

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery
200 W. Romeo Road
Romeoville, IL 60446


Lightways Hospice - (Former Joliet Area Community Hospice)
250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet IL 60431
Tel: 1-815-740-4104

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