Thomas Bell

Obituary of Thomas J. Bell

Thomas J. Bell, age 81, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, passed away at home Sunday, July 24, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. 

Tom was born in Joliet, attended the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Grade School, Class of 1954, and was a graduate of Joliet Catholic High School, Class of 1958.  He attended Lewis University.  He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1959-63, attaining the rank of Corporal.

A proud member of Teamsters Local #179, Tom was a retired owner-operator (over the road independent truck driver) for Midwest Emery and later for Yellow Freight.  He was known on the CB Radio as Ding-Dong. 

Tom was such a hard worker and provided a wonderful life for his wife and kids.  After retirement he worked for the Joliet Park District at Wedgewood Golf Course and was an avid golfer.  His favorite role of all time, however, was being a grandfather to his cherished grandchildren.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sylvia (DiMonte) Bell; his beloved children, Thomas (Denise) Bell, Michelle (Bob) Mallon, and Nicole (Max) Ziesmer; his four cherished grandchildren, Ryan and Rachel Bell, and Luke and Emerson Ziesmer; his siblings, Alice (the late Gerald) Scheffler, Janice Bell, Phyllis (Bob) Popek, Patty (Pete) Calabrese and Tim (Ann) Bell; his sister-in-law, Ann (Jack) Bates; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Angela Bell; his in-laws, Ralph and Mary DiMonte; brother and sister in-laws, Vera (Ralph) Ciccotelli and Gerald Scheffler; and his nephews, Kevin Calabrese and Dr. John Bates.

In the end, Tom received amazing in-home care by an exceptional group of people including Chrissy, Kary and Georgette, from Lightways Hospice, and special caregivers, Millie Henderson, Earl Aquino and Ben Ledoux.  Tom’s wife and kids will be forever grateful for the love and care he received.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Lightways Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431 ( would be appreciated.

Visitation for Thomas Bell will be held Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Road, Joliet, IL.  Funeral services will be held Monday, August 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Raymond, 604 N. Raynor Avenue, Joliet.  Interment will follow in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with full military honors by the Marine Corps and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad.

For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at



4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Monday, August 1, 2022
Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus
604 N. Raynor Avenue
Joliet, Illinois, United States


12:00 pm
Monday, August 1, 2022
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Lightways Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431 ( would be appreciated.
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