George J. Hazdra, age 95, of Naperville, formerly of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 13th, 2017

Hazdra-GeorgeGeorge James Hazdra, age 95, died peacefully on December 12, 2017 surrounded by his five children.

George was born in Chicago, IL on April 22, 1922 to Joseph and Mary Hazdra.  He attended Catholic schools along with his sister Dorothy and his brothers Joseph and Bernie.   His first job was as a very young boy selling fruit from his cart stand on the Chicago streets.

George studied at Marquette University and served as a Naval Aviator  where he flew Wildcat Fighters during WWII.  During the 1940’s and 1950’s he was professional singer and with his group, the Tune Criers, published several single records.  They played nationwide and appeared on the Authur Godfrey Show.  George continued to sing throughout his whole life at church events, weddings, funerals and with the Aeolians Choir.

George married Shirley Miller in 1949 in Rock Island, IL.  He formed Hazdra Homes and became a successful homebuilder and built many subdivisions in Lombard, Lisle, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove and Naperville.  He retired at 60 years old and traveled the world with his wife Shirley and their many friends.

George is survived by his five children; Candace (Michael Pastore), Gary, Cody (James Smith), Gregory (Beth) and Jeff (Jill) and seven grandchildren; Lindsey, Ashley, Austin, Weston, Halston, Cooper, Garrett and four great-grandchildren; Lily, Sienna, Jacob and Aiden.   He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley in 2005 and his sister and brothers.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, in Lombard on Sunday, December 17th from 2:00 – 7:00 PM.  A funeral Mass will be held at St. Irene’s Catholic Church located at 28W441 Warrenville Rd, Warrenville on Monday December 18th at 10:00 AM followed by a procession to Assumption Cemetery in Winfield.

Info 888-629-0094.

 

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mike says:

    Pop,

    Thank you for the most precious of gifts….my wife Candace. And, thank you for taking me into your home. Knowing you has been a wonderful experience.

    I am looking forward to seeing you and Pete on the ‘Sunny Side of the Street’. Have a martini ready for me!

    Meanwhile, you will be sorely missed by all.

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