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Rudolph J. "Rudy" Basile

August 16, 1927 ~ May 4, 2018 (age 90)

Dr. Rudolph J. "Rudy" Basile passed from the loving embrace of his family to eternal life on May 4 at the age of 90. He was the devoted husband of the late Margaret, nee Polich; adored father of Mark, Paul (Sheryl), Luke (Cathy), Martha (Gary) and Katie (Joe); doting grandfather of Arielle (Matt), Madeline (Jay), Jasmine, Tessa, JT and Mary; steadfast son of the late Tito and the late Gaetana, nee Barbati; caring brother of the late Henry (the late Jo); admired brother-in-law of Patricia, the late Lynne (the late Steve) and the late Frank (the late June); cherished uncle of Bob (Lynne), Christie (the late Bruce) and Frank (Laura); and devoted great-uncle of Stacie (Kevin), Taylor, Madison and Lauren. Born on August 16, 1927, he was raised on the Northwest Side of Chicago. A graduate of Steinmetz High School, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Loyola Dental School, he had a thriving dental practice on Belmont near Narragansett for more than 40 years. He met his wife, Peggy, through mutual friends, and they tied the knot at St. Hugh Church in Lyons on Aug. 2, 1952. They started their family in Chicago and made their home shortly thereafter in Park Ridge, where Rudy lived the rest of his life. He was a cornerstone of St. Paul of the Cross Parish for decades, counting the weekly collections and working the kitchen with his wife at the parish's annual St. Joseph Table and Fiesta. A gifted whittler, whistler and cook, his soul-satisfying dishes drew ingredients from his abundant backyard garden in season. In his later years, he was a fixture at bridge tables throughout the week at the senior center in Park Ridge. Quick-witted and big hearted, he was adored by all who knew him. He will be profoundly missed. His passing was commemorated with a private service at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home in Park Ridge and he was buried next to his beloved wife at Maryhill Cemetery in Niles.

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