Richard “Bugs” Bugielski

Richard “Bugs” Bugielski, 96, WWII veteran, enlisted into Army Air Corps, resident of Westchester, IL, passed away on July 11, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna, and brothers Henry and Edward Bugielski. Beloved husband of the late Colletta Bugielski, nee Leddin for nearly 60 years. Loving father of Jan Kinsella (James) and Richard J. Bugielski ( Rebecca). Proud grandfather of Annie Hilby (Chuck), Tim Kinsella (Jacqueline), Margaret Napleton (Mike), Jimmy Kinsella (Meghan) and Brett Bugielski (Christina). Great grandfather of Patrick, Cecilia, Charlie, and Jack Hilby; Brendan, Paige, Ryan, Nolan, and Shane Kinsella; and Mary-Clare, Tommy and Therese Napleton. Fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. Graduate of Kelvyn Park High School and University of Illinois where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. Retired from Hines VA Hospital after 37 years as an instructor for the blind. Also worked as a part-time bartender at River Forest Country Club for 48 years under supervision of the late John and Doris Jones. Services and Interment will be private due to Covid 19 restrictions. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, Hillside. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity would be appreciated. Arrangements handled by Gibbons Funeral Home, Elmhurst. 630-832-0018 or

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9 comments on “Richard “Bugs” Bugielski
  1. Andrea Fricano McGinley says:

    I was just thinking about This sweet man not long ago. He trained me as a bartender at RFCC around 1990-2000. We shared many stores and laughs. My sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Bugs. You’ll never be forgotten.

  2. Tracey Lupa says:

    My condolences to the family of this great man. I had the pleasure of working with Bugs for 5 years at RFCC. He always had a warm smile, a great joke or a wise piece of advice for me. He was one of the most caring and dedicated people I have ever met and with such a great joy for life! Rest In Peace my friend!

  3. Mary Beth Hardy says:

    My heart goes out to everyone. Uncle Rich was a great person & we have such fond memories. Even though we can’t be together; our prayers will continue for everyone. Love Mary-Beth & Jeff

  4. Mary Beth Hardy says:

    My heart goes out to everyone. We have such fond memories of Uncle Rich. Wish we could give everyone a hug. We will continue to pray for everyone. Uncle Rich was a great guy & will live in our hearts forever.
    Love Mary-Beth & Jeff

  5. Joseph and Carol Sasso says:

    We were sacristans at Divine Providence Church in Westchester the last six years. Richard would be one of the first people to come for 4 pm Mass on Saturdays. We enjoyed talking with him. What a truly Catholic gentleman! He is in our prayers along with his family at this difficult time.

    • Jan Kinsella says:

      Thanks so much. My dads faith was very important to him and he loved Divine Providence, a faithful parishioner for over 60 years

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