Joseph Adler

Obituary of Joseph L. Adler

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Joseph L. “Joe” Adler, age 87, of Joliet, left this world June 9, 2018, at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident two days earlier.  A man of deep faith, he set out each day to fill this world with his love for others.

Born August 30, 1930.  He was the son of the late Joseph L. and Rachel Marie (nee Heintz) Adler. He attended St. Raymond’s Grade School, Joliet Catholic High School and the University of Notre Dame and received a commission in the United States Air Force and served at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine, and Misawa Air Force Base in Misawa, Japan.

Joe was a great believer in prayer and after a prayer at Notre Dame’s grotto petitioning God to intercede on his behalf and find him a good wife, his prayer was answered.  He was a devoted husband to Jodie (nee Biddle), married in 1952.  Joe was a loving father, foster father, grandfather and great-grandfather; Dan Adler and family – Jake (Megan) and son, Julian, Rachel (Robert) Ayoung Chee and two sons, Evan and Ian, Emma, Josh and Nathan; Teddy (Ray) Finney and family – Bridget (Brad) Thomas and their daughters, Izzy and Ellie, Emily (Nanasei) Agyemang and their sons, Quentin, Finney and Akosah, Jenna (Brian) Murphy and their children, Mary, Michael and Bridget, Lily Saavedra White(Chris) and their children, Eric, Jessica & C.J., & Beth(Jack) McGrath; Jackie (Sam) Tucci and family – Sam IV (Andrea) and their son, Sam V, Tony, Jeff (Annika) Tucci and their son, Peter; Chris (Lori) Adler and family – Meghan (AJ) Vivaldelli and their daughter Elizabeth, Matt (Katie), CJ and Sarah; the late Mike (Joanne) Adler and family – Kelly (Eric) Mutch, Mike (Caitlin) and their children, Benjamin and Caroline, Erin (Dave) Skaggs and their daughter, Sophia, and Collin (fiancé Gail); and Jay (Patty) Adler and family – Jenny, Joe IV (Elisabeth) and their sons, Joseph V and Caleb and Jon (Amber); foster children, Mardo Caceres and Joy Basilisco and her son, Aaron; Joe was also blessed with one sister, Mary Beth (the late Dr. Arthur) Wilhelmi, brother-in-law, Fr. Ward Biddle, sisters-in-law, Jackie (late John) Berg and Ed Smith, and Mimi (late John) Aisthorpe. Joe was an inspirational uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by the love of his life, Jodie, on July 4, 2014, infant daughter, Margaret Mary, son, Michael, and brother, Jack (Dorothy) Adler.

Joe and Jodie were members of the Sacred Heart Parish Community in Joliet, which instills the spirit of service as a foundation of their beliefs. During the winter months, they loved attending Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida.

He is past president of the J.L. Adler Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, founded in 1926, a 4th generation company with his three sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter continuing the tradition of professional roofing and sheet metal work in Joliet and the Northern Illinois area.

Joe Adler was an artist; not with a paint brush, but with his creativity and persistence in getting things done.  He built beautiful gardens, habitat for birds and cared most deeply about all his brothers and sisters in need on this planet.  He was working towards building heaven on earth, where all God’s people would be one, regardless of their color or creed.  It didn’t matter in what circumstance you were born into; his respect, love and treasure went out to the least amongst us.  Together with Jodie, they were regional directors of Christian Family Movement; started the Will County Conference on Religion and Race; Founding Couple of the Spanish Community Center and received “State of Illinois Senate Recognition” for their work therewith; Members of the Chicago Catholic Jewish Dialogue Partnership; Founding Couple of the Nationwide “Tip the Maids” Movement; Founding Couple of the Young Christian Nurse’s Movement.

Joe was a Past President of the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association; Past Board Member of the Vilaseca Day Care Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet; Founding Member of Will County Habitat for Humanity, Spanish Community Center of Joliet and the University of Notre Dame Senior Alumni Board.

Joe was an avid sports fan.  He built shrines for the Cubs and Notre Dame. One of his favorite treats was sharing a ball game with his sons, grandkids and sister.   He loved Notre Dame and believed that not only did God make Notre Dame Football #1, but that the values of Notre Dame went far beyond football.

A Memorial Mass for Joe Adler will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, 604 N. Raynor Avenue, Joliet.  Please join us at a reception immediately following the mass to celebrate Joe’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name are appreciated. Sacred Heart Parish at 337 S. Ottawa Street, Joliet, Illinois 60436, which is in great need at this time.  Joe, also, held Will County Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Club of Joliet dear to his heart.

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at


Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus
604 N. Raynor Avenue
Joliet, Illinois, United States


A reception for all relatives and friends will immediately follow the Mass.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Sacred Heart Parish, 337 S. Ottawa Street, Joliet, Illinois 60436; Will County Habitat for Humanity, 1395 N Larkin Ave, Joliet, IL 60435; or the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, 226 E Clinton St, Joliet, IL 60432 would be appreciated.
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