James Steele

James Michael Steele

Monday, April 20th, 1931 - Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
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James M. "Jim" Steele, age 89, passed away peacefully at his home on March 9, 2021. Jim was the beloved husband of the late Anita, nee Watkins, for 48 wonderful years; loving father of Patricia Hansen, Michael and Catherine (Julie King) Steele and Margaret (Randall) Frederick; dearest son of the late Constance and James Steele; cherished grandfather of Michael Steele, James (Colleen) Hansen, Rachel Steele, Joshua and Melissa Nacheman and Anita Frederick and great grandfather of Abi, Liz and Drew. Funeral Saturday, March 13, 2021, friends and family are asked to meet at St. Eugene Church 7958 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL at 11:45 a.m. for a Mass of Christian burial at 12:00 noon. The mass will be livestreamed at Attendees will need to register and be seated in church prior to the beginning of mass and the church is limited to 100 guests. The interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Prior to retirement, Jim worked for the Chicago and North Western Railroad for over forty years, last serving as a corporate Vice President. Coming from humble beginnings on the west side of Chicago during the depression, St. Malachy was a lifeline for James and his single mother, providing food and clothing when they otherwise would have none. Today, St. Malachy continues to provide for those in need though daily soup kitchens, food pantries, clothing drives, assistance for single moms and helping other families in need. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Malachy at
Jim also participated in serving the poor through the legion of Mary and St Pius church in the Pilsen area of Chicago. For more information call (708)456-8300.
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 12:00pm
    St. Eugene Church
    7958 W Foster Ave
    Chicago, Illinois 60656
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 1:30pm
    All Saints Cemetery
    700 N River Rd
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
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Posted at 10:06am
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Posted at 01:15pm
I was saddened to learn of Jim's death, but I was so grateful to have been able to see and listen to his funeral mass. Jim was exceptional. (as was Anita)..... Randy you did an excellent job delivering the eulogy . I learned a lot about Jim and the entire family.

Know that my prayers are with you during this very difficult time. As Always, Kay Merkle

Dawn Hansen Roucka

Posted at 11:05am
Prayers and love to Jim's family. So glad to have known Jim (and Anita). They were extra grandparents that every kid loves to have. Jim's smile and infectious chuckle are indelibly imprinted on my heart. His eyes were always a twinkle and his heart generous. May he rest in the loving arms of God, and may you his cherished family be at peace. Share his love and story and he'll live with you always. Hugs, Ken & Dawn (Hansen) Roucka

James S. Hansen Family

Posted at 06:32pm
In loving memories of grandfather James M. Steele
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Posted at 06:01pm
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry for your loss. With love, Paul, Julie and the kids, and Gommy
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