Charles E. Simanek

Charles E. "Chuck" Simanek, 77, a 23-year Hinsdale resident, died April 6, 2024.

Chuck was born in 1946 at Oak Park Hospital to Frank and Eleanor, nee Mareska. He grew up in Cicero and attended Lincoln School, Morton East High School and Loyola University of Chicago. For most of his career, he produced trade shows nationally and internationally for the construction industry.

Chuck was a world traveler, and he and wife Edna Burke enjoyed many trips together. He maintained friendships with former work associates from the beginning of his career and grade school classmates. He made many lasting friendships throughout his life, including recent new pals on his bowling league and during daily lunches at DJ's in Westmont.

Chuck was very proud of his Czech heritage, and he enjoyed preparing Czech as well as French cuisine. His original copies of Julia Child's first two cookbooks were well seasoned. He loved to entertain and was known as a welcoming host, embracing holidays throughout the year, especially Christmas.

Chuck loved classical music, and was a longtime supporter of WFMT Radio station. He loved the many pets he had through his life, and was an active supporter of Hinsdale Humane Society. He also served as an Hinsdale Library Friends volunteer.

Chuck passed away after a long illness stemming from a traumatic brain injury after a fall in 2021. He will be missed by family, friends and his standard poodle, Sadie. Thanks to April, Neicy and Booker for taking exceptional care of him.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Edna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eleanor; and his brother, Joseph.

In accordance with Chuck's wishes, a private service was held.

Memorial contributions may be made online to WMFT Radio at, the Hinsdale Humane Society at or a charity of choice.

Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.