Donald G. Graczyk
1947 - 2021
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Donald G. Graczyk

Donald Graczyk, age 73, passed away on January 9, 2021 at his home in Lemont.

Survived by his wife of 44 years: Patrice (nee Poehlman), his son Albert, one sister: Agnes Graczyk Stawasz of California, and two brothers: Frederick Graczyk of Florida and Eugene Graczyk of California, and many wonderful nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents Albert and Lottie, nee Kryszak, Graczyk, and sisters: Ruth Graczyk Korelc, Lorraine Graczyk Slachetka, Evaline Graczyk, Margaret Graczyk Herbert, Alice Graczyk, and brothers: Theodore Graczyk, Edward Graczyk.

Donald earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and was an esteemed research scientist, employed at Argonne National Laboratory outside Lemont, for over 43 years.

Many thanks go out to the hard-working and compassionate staff of Joliet Area Community Hospice for all of their help.

Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the Committal Rite and interment will be held privately at SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish cemetery. A Memorial Mass may be held in the future.


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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Jan. 15, 2021.
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January 20, 2021
Don was truly one of the kindest, most hardworking people I have ever met. I could talk chemistry with Don all day. He was so proud of what he did. I remember Don telling me how proud he was that he spent his entire career at Argonne. He will be missed!
Amber Polke
Coworker
January 20, 2021
Don was truly one of the kindest, most hardworking people I have ever met. I could talk chemistry with Don all day. He was so proud of what he did. I remember Don telling me how proud he was that he spent his entire career at Argonne. He will be missed!
Amber Polke
Coworker
January 20, 2021
My deepest sympathy to you and the family. I'm heartbroken to hear of Don's untimely passing. I worked with him at Argonne. A brilliant chemist and a wonderful man. I will miss him dearly.

Sincerely,
Nancy Dietz Rago
Nancy Dietz
January 19, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Don leaving us so early. It was always such a pleasure to chat with Don. He was full of passion for his work and chemistry! My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Anil Thakkar
Coworker
January 18, 2021
One of the nicest people I had the pleasure of working with in F-wing. Always willing to explain and discuss anything you had questions about. My condolences to his family.
Jenni Tucker
Coworker
January 17, 2021
Enjoyed many years of Reactor League golf with Don. RIP on the home hole .
Gary Zeman
Friend
January 14, 2021
Pat & Albert, we were so very saddened to hear the news about Don’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that you both are in our prayers, during this very hard emotional time. We believe that he will always be in your hearts and by your sides.
Dennis & Mawy Bieschke
Friend
January 14, 2021
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the love of God, friends and family comfort you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians 2: 16,17
D T
January 12, 2021
Don Graczyk: my mentor my coach my friend

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. May the good Lord bless you and all your family during this difficult time.

I don't think their is another person in my lifetime that I technically learned so much from. Don and I would spend many minutes on the phone discussing analytical needs and results and what they mean. Helping me to understand nuances addressing, physical, chemical, and radioactive material and waste characterization.

I don't think there is another person in my professional career that showed me more respect, by sharing what they know. Early in my career, Don took the time to explain context, explain nuances and facts concerning analytical chemistry. I grew in knowledge. These lessons helped to solve problems and propelled my career. I am sure that I am not alone.

I went to him for help in addressing a very wide variety of issues and he was always able to provide solutions or ideas for getting at the solution. Don was a rare person with rare talent. Always willing to provide support, share perspective, even when he was terribly busy.

Don carried an immense amount of responsibility with his work and I am sure managed a lot of pressure. In spite of that though, he always was very kind. He was a role model and someone whose memory I will always treasure.

Don was a very dear co-worker and friend. When I think of Argonne, I think of Don.

God bless your family.

Cindy Rock

Cynthia Rock
Coworker
January 11, 2021
We offer our profound condolences to you,Pat, on the loss of your husband. Take comfort in the many happy moments you shared. We’ll always remember him fondly for the social occasions we shared at SSCM & weddings. ❤ John & Mary Marzalik
Mary Marzalik
Friend
January 11, 2021
Don's great legacy of scientific work, his kindness and wisdom will be remembered forever. Pat and Albert, may God comfort you, give you strength and peace. My sincere condolences.
Yifen Tsai
Coworker
January 11, 2021
I knew Don for 40 years, worked with him, had many conversations with him on everything from the trivial to the profound. He was truly a good, kind soul, a leader by example, and always a blessing to those who knew him. May he rest in peace and may his family and friends find solace in our many memories of him. My deepest sympathy to Pat and family, and to everyone whose lives Don touched.
John Osudar
Coworker
January 11, 2021
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I got to know Don when I became one of the safety people supporting the Analytical Chemistry Lab, and we had many long and interesting talks over the years. He'll be missed. My prayers are with him and his family & friends.
John Woodford
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Dear Pat and Albert, I was sorry to hear of Don's passing. People come and go in our lives but I am so blessed that he was in mine for quite a while. I spent years in choir with him standing to my right. He really was my right hand man. The reason being was that he was always on pitch so I would listen to him and unknowingly, he helped me be a better singer, or maybe he did know I needed the help. I also worked with him, Ed, you Pat, and whoever else to help putting up the nativity scene in church. I was always amazed at how agile he was crawling around, climbing up and down to put everything up for Christmas. I also remember, Pat, how you and Don would invite me over just to chat and we might have a pizza. I so enjoyed his company and friendship. When I moved from Lemont I thought who could use a snow blower? I thought of Don since he was shoveling out the driveway. I hope it came in handy.
While you grieve for Don please know that he is in heaven with his mom and dad and brothers and sisters resting peacefully in the arms of God. If I can be of any assistance please let me know. God bless and care for you both.
Donald Sniegowski
Friend
January 11, 2021
Pat I am so sorry for your lost ..you are in our prayers...may God give you comfort and strength
Jeri Wheeler
January 11, 2021
Pat I am still at a loss for words. May God be with you and Albert and may Don rest in eternal peace
RY Walschlager
January 10, 2021
My deepest sympathies to you and your son Pat.
Chris Lee
Friend
January 10, 2021
Our prayers to Pat, Albert, Gene, and Don's entire family! Knew Don many years, with St. Cyril choir. A great guy, and shared many laughs together. May he rest in Eternal Peace. God Bless!
Greg and Michele SNIEGOSKI
Friend
January 10, 2021
January 10, 2021
Pat and Albert I am so sorry. My sympathy to you and your family.
Fond memories of Don singing with us in the St. Cyril's Choir.
May God be with you at this difficult time.
Sending my love.
Annette Columbia
Friend
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