Mike F. Del Medico, 51 , of St. Charles, died suddenly Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Mike will be remembered for the man that he was, the memories that he made and the love that he gave to family and friends. Although his life ended, his spirit lives on in all those who both knew him and who will miss him.
Mike was born on Oct. 12, 1958, the son of Paul and Diane (Rossi) Del Medico in Junction City, Kan.
Mikeâ€™s childhood was surrounded by generations of family who lived in Chicago. Following his schooling, auto body restoration caught his attention, and his career as a technician began in the local shops around the suburbs of Chicago.
Mike met the love of his life, Monica, in 1975 at the age of 16. Their two hearts became one on June 7, 1980, and their family became complete with the birth of their son Michael in 1981. Over the years, they made their home in many places throughout the suburbs, finally settling in St. Charles in 1992.
Mikeâ€™s passion for cars led to the opening of his first auto-repair business in 1982. His most recent and sustained venture was the opening of Mastercraft Autobody in Wauconda, Ill., in 1992.
In Mikeâ€™s spare time he loved to hunt and fish, and he also enjoyed many years as a member of the St. Charles Sportsmanâ€™s Club.
Mike was a perfectionist at heart and took incredible pride in everything he did. No one was more special to Mike than his son, and he was quick to share his accomplishments with everyone he met. He also made Michael his unofficial apprentice, teaching him the skills required to both renovate their home and complete minor car repairs and upkeep over the years.
Mike also had a special relationship with his nephew Matthew, whom he treated as a second son as he guided him through the trials of life. As a playful jokester, Mike loved to laugh, and his smile consistently brightened rooms. â€œBig Mikeâ€™sâ€ heart was made of gold, and his generosity was unwavering. He will be missed for many reasons, but his life and memory will be cherished forever.
He now leaves his wife Monica; his son, Mike (Lindsay Wasenko) Del Medico; his mother, Diane Del Medico; two brothers, Paul and Mark Del Medico; his paternal grandparents, Frank and Philomena Del Medico; his mother-in-law, Marcie Vazquez; many aunts and uncles, including Mary (Frank) Donato; several brothers- and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a vast quantity of people who were lucky enough to call him friend.
He now joins his father; his grandfather, Steve Rossi; father-in-law, Gilbert Vazquez; and brother-in-law, Christopher Kapusta, who preceded him in death.
Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn on Friday, Dec. 18. The Elburn Fire Department honored the family with a Catholic wake service. A funeral to celebrate his life was Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrickâ€™s Mission Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles. Private family interment will occur at a later date following cremation.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including Illinois Childrenâ€™s Burn Camp and the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. Checks may be made to the â€œMike Del Medico Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.