Austin W. Gonzales

July 27, 1965 – February 27, 2024

Austin Gonzales, 58, passed quietly on February 27, 2024 surrounded by family. Born in Chicago to the late Dixie and Luis Gonzales, Austin was a long- time resident of Elk Grove Village. He was the youngest sibling to Frank (Diane), Jim (Cindy), Linda (Mike), Eva (Chris) and Michael (Nancy). Affectionately known as “Uncle O” to his 13 nieces and nephews, John (Jeanette), Tiffany, Dallas (Kendra), Daniel (Martyna), Jacob (Ali), Matthew (Lauren), Rachel (Kyle), David, Sara (Matt), Ellie, Anne, Jenna and Zach as well as his great nephew and nieces Frank, Bella, Sophia and Eden. Austin had great love and pride for both his own family and his second family, the Buicans, as well as the many friendships he cherished over several decades.

He was a voracious reader with interests in history, music, sports, movies, television and perhaps his greatest love, trivia. He claimed to be “the largest repository of useless information”. A regular NTN Buzztime player using the handle “Cray”, he and his beloved teammates often found national success with Austin finishing in the Top 100 over 400 times.

He was a kind and gentle person with a welcoming smile and a humongous heart. Social and outgoing, he could strike up a conversation with anyone. He will be dearly missed and impossible to forget.

A huge fan of quoting movie lines, he would surely like to end with something comedic like “Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead” but for those who knew him, it’s more “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”

Services will be Private. For funeral information, please call 630-306-1008.

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Thank you Jim Geils

To all the families that have supported my father, Jim, throughout his 45 years as a funeral director, I hope you will continue to let me serve you moving forward.

Filling my father’s shoes, will not be an easy task and something I will forever strive for; however, he has given me the knowledge, guidance, experience and lasting relationships within the funeral industry that will hopefully make this transition possible.

He was my confidant, superior but mostly my biggest fan. I know he will be with me always, leading and guiding me to be the best funeral director I can be.

I will continue my father’s legacy as best and for as long as I can, with your love, help and support.

Monica Geils Conroy
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer