David Anthony Florczak Sr, aged 64 years, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on January 20th, 2024, after a 14 month long battle with brain cancer.
David was born on March 15th, 1959 to Loretta and Anthony Florczak in Paw Paw Michigan. He went on to study diesel engineering at Triton College, and spent nearly 40 years in the field.
In 1977, he met the love of his life, Angela, while both were working at Jewel. They went on to have two children, David Jr and Alyssa Florczak. In 2017, David retired and spent his remaining years
enjoying quality time with his children and grandchildren, whom he adored.
He is predeceased by his father, mother, and brother, Walter. He is survived by his wife, Angela, their two children, David Jr and Alyssa, and David Jr’s sons, Lucas and Jamie Florczak.
David was a martial arts Sensei in the Okinawan martial art of Sho Rei Ryu Karate as well as a lifelong sportsman, both of which he shared with his son. Later in life, he became an accomplished and self-taught artist. He enjoyed taking his daughter Alyssa out to lunch, and fishing and pheasant hunting with his son David Jr. He always made time to take his family on fun vacations every year, and when his first grandson Lucas was born, he loved taking him on bike rides and trips to the zoo. David was a man of great faith, which provided him the strength to endure his illness. When David’s cancer advanced and his strength waned, he still took great pleasure in holding his youngest grandson Jamie, who would fall asleep on his chest .Above all, David was a devoted father and husband. To the end, he worked two jobs and the night shift for many years, made wise investments, and passed down a wealth of knowledge to his children.
David would like to be remembered as a good man who gave all of himself for his family. He was a protector, a provider and a teacher. He is greatly loved, and will be missed forevermore.
Visitation was January 24, 2024, at Pedersen Ryberg Funeral Home, 435 N. York Street, Elmhurst, where prayers were said on January 25, 2024, followed by a Funeral Mass at Visitation Church in Elmhurst, IL. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL. For info: 630-834-1133.