Thomas M. DeMarco, age 73,of Bull Valley, died Saturday, November 22, 2008, at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.
He was born January 3, 1935 in Chicago to Louis and Vittoria (Milito) DeMarco. On July 26, 1958, he married Geraldine V. Karczewski at St. Ferdinand Church in Chicago.
Formerly of Chicago, Mr. DeMarco was a resident of Bull Valley for the past 12 years. He was the inventor, founder, and CEO of DeMarco Vacuum Corporation of McHenry. For over 40 years, he was a leader in the industrial vacuuming industry, receiving numerous USA, Canadian, and foreign patents and trademarks in the vacuum industry.
Mr. DeMarco enjoyed traveling extensively, visiting places throughout the world. He was very proud of his Italian heritage, and enjoyed classical music as well as jazz. At his home in Bull Valley, he loved to nurture his many oak trees.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Geraldine, five children, Michael (Lynn) DeMarco of McHenry, Christine DeMarco of West Dundee, Louis DeMarco of St. Louis, MO, Janice Papic of Bull Valley, and Thomas (Veronica) DeMarco of Lakewood; 11 grandchildren, Leo, James, Cara, Sarah, Steve, Joshua, Anna, Daniel, Dominic, Nicole, and Anthony; two sisters, Cecilia (the late Carl) Roth of Villa Park, Carmella (Nicholas) Nickl of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and a brother, Robert (Teresa) DeMarco of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at The Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 W. Bull Valley Road, McHenry.
The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Robert Sherry officiating.
Inurnment will follow in the Columbarium Garden of The Church of Holy Apostles Cemetery.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family would appreciate memorials in his name to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 2050 Pfingsten Road, Suite 127, Glenview, IL 60026.
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry. For information call (815)385-2400, or send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.