Michael Joseph LaRocco, Born November 17, 1952 in Chicago, IL, passed away on July 15, 2021 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL, due to complications of Leukemia.
Mike was an exceptional man who loved to laugh at his own jokes. His grandchildren, Jackson Shaun Maloney and Gianna Sofia LaRocco, were the light of his life, constantly bringing a smile to his face, and he couldn’t have been more proud to be their Papa. If it wasn’t for his kids, Tiff & Jeff, he wouldn’t have been blessed with such incredible grandkids (you’re welcome Dad). He showed his children, Tiffany (Tim) Maloney & Jeffrey (Linda), what it meant to work hard and earn your keep. He taught them to be strong, kind and independent people. They were incredibly lucky to have a dad who exhibited honor, love and who always had their backs, even if it meant a baseball bat was needed. If there was ever a problem, or they just needed someone to confide in, he was there, always. Even if it meant that everyone would know your secret by the end of the day (worst secret keeper ever).
Pamela Mary (yes, you have that right, they were Mary & Joseph) were soul mates. 42 years together, through thick and thin, love and like, and sometimes complete nonsense, were absolutely meant for each other. They had many great times together, and made each other the best they could be. In good times and bad, in sickness and health, they were together through it all.
Mike was also a wonderful brother to Judy Summers, Laura (B.I.L.L.) Paolucci, the late Mary ‘Cookie’ (the late Al) Vander Sluis, Tony (Cathy) LaRocco, Annette (Dan Orr) Honquest, Jeanette (Dennis) Pilgrim and Julie (Steve) Peavy and uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was their protector and their partner in mischief. Growing up in Broadview, IL as the son of the late Anthony and the late Josephine, he was thankful to have the cherry tree outside him and Tony’s window so friends could come up and they could also sneak back down. Mike was more than a brother in law to Candi (Bob) Rubens and Diane (the late Dave) Urban; they loved him like he was their own brother.
Michael and Tony were the son’s in Tony LaRocco & Son’s, which ultimately became LaRocco Meats. Established in 1957, Michael took it on fully when his dad retired (which just meant he would still come hang out and sit on a stool and chat with everyone). Michael continued his father’s legacy of delivering quality foods and restaurant supplies to businesses and individuals, growing it into a business his father would have been proud of.
Mike, aka Uncle Mike, Billy Bob, the Original Uncle Mike, UM, Sweet Daddy, Father In Law, Husband, Dad, Cousin, or Friend. However you referred to him, you were lucky to know him and your life is better for having him in it. He fought the good fight and is missed.
Visitation to be held Thursday July 22nd, 3 - 8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Friday July 23rd, 10 AM, St. Pius X Church, 1025 E. Madison St, Lombard, IL with a luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield, IL 60093-2744, are appreciated.
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Leukemia Research Foundation
191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield IL 60093-2744