Carl  LaBrasca's Memorial

Carl LaBrasca
(1935 - 1989)


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General Details

Name: Mr Carl LaBrasca
Gender: Male
Age: 53 years old
Lived: Tuesday, 2 July 1935 - Tuesday, 14 February 1989

My Story

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois by immigrant Italian parents, Carl was a truly special human being. He was the 4th child of Carl and Christine, and was their second son.

As a boy, Carl was known as being a kind and caring son and friend.  His entrepreneurial ways started young, as he used to deliver newspapers. He graduated from Ryerson Junior High, and attended Austin High School on the North side of Chicago. There he developed friendships that would last his entire life.

After high school graduation in 1953, he began attending the Chicago College of Commerce, studying general business. He eventually began taking classes to become a Certified Court Reporter.

While attending school, he worked at the Continental Bank in downtown Chicago, and it was there that he met and began dating our mother, Arlene. They dated for 4 years, and were married on February 20,1960, in a beautiful winter wedding ceremony. The new couple honeymooned in Florida.

Carl began working as a court reporter In Chicago, and eventually partnered with Carmen Maiorano to form Metro Reporting Service. For many years, their offices were located in a historic building across from the Daley Plaza.

As for family life, in December of 1960, Carl and Arlene's first child was born. She was named Jackie, and was born on December 6, 1960.  A son followed, on March 9, 1962 and he was named Steven Carl. Anthony was born on February 12, 1964, and Carl bought the growing family their first house in Schaumburg, Illinois. The home was in the first home development ever built in Schaumburg, in 1965.
The youngest daughter, Gina, was born on May15, 1968, and the family was complete.

Carl commuted by train each day from Schaumburg to Chicago until the early 70's. By that time, he was driving in style in luxury vehicles from Liberty Buick !!  He loved his work, and ran a very successful business. He was well respected in the Chicago legal community, and loved and respected by his employees.

Carl was a very physically active man who loved to play softball in the summers, bowl, and became quite good at racquetball. He competed in tournaments and actually won.  He also loved to garden and landscaped at his home.

Carl and Arlene unfortunately divorced in 1978, and he had full custody of his children. Being a full-time working dad in the 80's was not very common, but Carl handled it with poise. He was a fine example as a father, and his children love and miss him very much.

Although his life was taken too soon, this memorial is being created so people can celebrate his life. There are so many friends, family and business associates who dearly miss this man, and talk so fondly of him so many years later.

February 14, 2009 will mark the 20 year anniversary of his death, but to me it does not feel that long. Maybe that is because time stood still for me on that day...............Every birthday, holiday and special occasion, we all think of him and wish he were here. But he is, because I am sure that he is with the angels in heaven and looks down on us each day.

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Remembering my Uncle Carl. I can't believe it has been 20+ years. I just happened upon this tribute and I am happy ...
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July 2, 2009 HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD !!!!! Love you, The kids
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Happy Valentine's 2009, Although this day will never be easy, it is getting better with time.... You're in our ...
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MERRY CHRISTMAS DAD......... Remembering all the many gifts you gave us through the years.....
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Dad, Happy Thanksgiving 2008.....remembering all the great Thanksgivings at the house.......
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Hi Dad, Thinking of you always, Love You, Jackie
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July 2, 2008 !!! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthda...
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Dad, This is to celebrate Valentine's Day 2008, and all the other Valentine's Days since you have passed. It is a ...
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Dad, I miss you so much and think of you every day.


Fathers Name: Carl N. LaBrasca Sr.
Mothers Name: Christine Piediscalzi
Spouse's Name: Arlene Knourek
Children's Names: Jackie, Steve, Tony and Gina
Siblings Names: Joseph, Josephine, Joann and Nick
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Legal
Marital Status: Divorced
Religion: Catholic


Favourite Sport: Baseball
Favourite Artist: Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavoratti
Favourite Charity: Franciscan Brothers


Place of Passing: At home in Schaumburg, Illinois
Date of Passing: 14 February 1989
Cause of Passing: Cancer
Type of Funeral: Catholic service at Church of the Holy Spirit
Place of Burial: Queen Of Heaven Cemetery
Funeral Director: Louis Rago
Funeral Location: Rago Brothers, Chicago, Il
Funeral Date: 17 February 1989
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