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Obituary for Paul R. Goralka

August 31, 1936 - January 2, 2021
Wonder Lake, Illinois | Age 84

AKA Pops/Papa/Uncle Paul


Paul R. Goralka (AKA Pops, Papa, Uncle Paul) age 84, of Wonder Lake, Illinois, passed away in Decatur, Texas, on Saturday, January 2, 2021, while visiting family. Paul was born August 31, 1936, in Chicago, the son on Paul Peter and Myrtle (Hank) Goralka. He graduated from St. Rita High School, where he met Rose Marie Lufrano. Rose would become Paul's wife on June 2, 1957.

Paul was a Superintendent with New City Steel and later became a Chicago Firefighter. He went on to become an Engineer and finished out his time as a Lieutenant. Paul retired in 1991.

Paul touched so many lives through his years. He had so much knowledge and there was nothing he could not figure out. Paul was never to busy to spend time with you. There were so many special people in Paul's life.

Paul is survived by his loving daughters: Susanna (James), Patricia, and Dorrine (Michael); 8 grandchildren: Nicholas (Christine), David, Thaddeus, Jonathan, Samuel (Savannah), and Stevie; 5 great-grandchildren with one more on the way: Hannah, Avery, Teagan, Nicholas and Rory; and many wonderful friends. In addition to his parents, Paul and Myrtle Goralka, Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie; son, Christopher; sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Stanley; and nephew, William.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, from 4 – 8 P.M. at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Visitation will continue on Thursday morning, January 14, 2021, at the funeral home from 9 – 10 A.M. A funeral mass will follow at 11 A.M., in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1401 N. Richmond Road, McHenry. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in McHenry.

Due to current CDC Covid 19 recommendations and Illinois mandates, only 10 people will be allowed within the funeral home facilities at a single time and all attendees must have a face mask or face covering on prior to entry.

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