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James "Jim" Milota

December 20, 1934 - March 9, 2021

James Francis Milota, age 86, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Tuesday, March 9th at his home in Palatine. Jim’s kids believe “Dad” was tired of Mary’s “homemade” Sunset Food lunches and creaming everyone at gin rummy so decided it was time to join his beloved Grace in heaven. Notre Dame #19, a halfback f…read more

James Francis Milota, age 86, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Tuesday, March 9th at his home in Palatine. Jim’s kids believe “Dad” was tired of Mary’s “homemade” Sunset Food lunches and creaming everyone at gin rummy so decided it was time to join his beloved Grace in heaven. Notre Dame #19, a halfback from the Class of ’57 also known as “Red,” is running again without pain.

Jim was the devoted husband of Mary Grace (nee Hunt), loving father of Mary (Martin) Szostak of Northbrook, IL; J.R. (Erin) Milota of Stoughton, WI; Maureen Milota (Mark Thomas) of Chicago, IL; and Madelyn (Michael) McNamara of Arlington Hts., IL; the cherished “Big Papa” to Frances (Jon) Dekker, Donna Szostak, Peter (Kelly) Szostak; Michael, Patrick, and Grace McNamara; Ellee, Addy, and Hunter Milota, and the beloved “great Papa” to Sylvie Grace Dekker. Jim is proceeded in death by his parents Edwin J. and Mary Zeta (Brennan)Milota, brothers Edward, John (Alice) and Richard (Mary)Milota and survived by his sister Mary Agnes Burnett (nee Milota), brother-in-law Mal Burnett and numerous other relatives and friends.

Dad was equal parts tough guy and teddy bear. Dad was the person you wanted on your side if you had a battle ahead. Dad will be fondly remembered by his many friends and family for the twinkle in his eye, his fierce loyalty to God, Family, Country, and all things Notre Dame but especially for his deep love for our mom Grace. May they be united in heaven and ready the crew there and here for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration like none other.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Wayside in Arlington Heights, Illinois on Tuesday, March 16thnd with Visitation at 10am and Mass at 11am. If want to attend the Funeral Mass, please contact Mary Szostak at 847-710-2962 or mpszostak@aol.com to be added to the attendee list. And consider wearing something green.

If you want to watch the Livestreamed Funeral Mass, your two social media options are:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lre7paEROL8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaysideParish

For those attending virtually you can download the mass program from the Description in the YouTube version.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:  Standing Tall Charitable Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                              1045 North Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, Illinois, 60068 (https://standingtallfoundation.org/)

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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Our Lady of the Wayside

450 S Mitchell
Arlington Heights, IL

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Our Lady of the Wayside

450 S Mitchell
Arlington Heights, IL

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