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Carl James Cabala

December 2, 1926 ~ May 16, 2019 (age 92)

            Carl James Cabala, age 92, of Peotone, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

            He was born on December 2, 1926 in Portage, PA, the son of the late Charles and Anna (Gabryl) Cabala.  He was a World War II Navy veteran serving on the USS Brown.  He then participated in yearly reunions with other USS Brown veterans.  He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the Peotone American Legion Post 392, and the V.F.W.  He was the owner and operator of a Mobil gas station and then worked as a service manager for Ford car dealerships until his retirement.  He was an avid fisherman and golfer.

            He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Buelt) Cabala who he married on December 10, 2001 in Portage, PA.  He is also survived by a daughter, Carla (Lynn) Gianetti of Elwood, IL; a grandson, Michael Gianetti; and 2 great-grandchildren, Damen and Donovan Gianetti; 5 step-children, Karen (Herbert) Priebe of Peotone, Sharon (Joseph) Garner of Peotone, Rose (Greg) Siemsen of Clinton, Michael (Robin) Gundlach of Dwight, and Paul (Grace) Gundlach of Hammond, IN; 14 step-grandchildren; 18 step great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Anthony (Esther) Sabala of Jamestown, PA and Edward Sabala of Portage, PA; and a sister, Helen Wroblicky of Richton Park.  He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Cabala.

            Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Monday, May 20 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m., Father Roger Kutzner officiating.  Committal services and military honors will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood at 1:30 p.m.  Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated.  

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