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Edward John Bohaboy, a long time resident of Mount Prospect and Berwyn, died peacefully in his sleep on July 15, 2013. He was 100 years old.

Edward was born on January 26, 1913 in the home of his grandparents in Chicago, Illinois. He had one sister, Laverne Levinson, who passed away in January 2013. He attended school and grew up in Cicero Illinois in the days of Al Capone. He told stories of gangster shootings in local taverns, and could easily spot "Moon-shiners" in his neighborhood by the lack of snow on garage roofs.

He studied math and science before being accepted into the Tool and Die Apprenticeship at Western Electric during the Great Depression His career progressed rapidly from Tool Maker to Design Engineer to Head of Tool Design Engineering. During World War II he worked on critical communications and artillery equipment in support of the war effort. In his very successful 40 year working career for Western Electric, he was awarded several patents and played a major role in the design and manufacturing of AT&T telephone equipment used by generations of Americans.
Ed met the love of his life, Cecile Hmielak, and they were married on July 4, 1940. One week before his death, they celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife, sons Allan (wife Nancy) of Rolling Meadows, Philip of Palo Alto California, four grandchildren (Karen Grane, Scott Bohaboy, Kasey Schuh, and Doug Bohaboy), and 9 great-grandchildren.

As a young man, he played many sports with his best friends Jim Danek and Jim Vopicka. Ed played on a number of Championship baseball and basketball teams sponsored by Western Electric in the Chicago Industrial Leagues.

Ed was a life-long "tinkerer" and was always developing ways to fix or improve things in his workshop. During his 43 years of retirement he enjoyed golf, traveling, spending time with his grandchildren, poker, and daily crossword and Jumble puzzles. In spite of suffering from dementia for the past few years, Ed and Cecile still lived in their condominium in Mount Prospect until his passing.

Services will be held July 31st at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2515 Palatine Rd, Inverness, IL. Visitation begins at 10:00 AM and will be immediately followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 AM. Burial at a future date will be at St. Hedwig's Cemetery in Thorp, WI.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed's name can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, at , call 800-805-5856 or mail checks to St. Jude Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142. Memphis, TN 38148.

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