Stephen Michael Ligda, Sr.

Stephen Michael Ligda, Sr., June 29, age 76, late of Evergreen Park, died from complications related to ALS. Cherished husband and best friend of Winifred (nee Gardner). Beloved father of Stephen Jr., Mark (Deana), Jennifer (James) Busk, and John. Loving grandfather of Madeline Rose and Abigail Claire Busk, and Matthew Hovan Ligda. Dear brother of Rita (the late Francis) Hogan and Richard. Son of the late Michael S. and Mary M. (nee Hovan) Ligda.

Native of Gary, Indiana, graduate of Bishop Noll High School, Saint Joseph’s College (B.S.A.), DePaul University (M.B.A.), University of Illinois (C.P.A.), 2006 graduate of the Chicago Archdiocesan “Called and Gifted” Lay Leadership Program University of Saint Mary of the Lake; Past Chair of the Bishop Noll Foundation; Former Chair and Lifetime Trustee of Saint Joseph’s College, Past-President Saint Joseph’s College Alumni Association and recipient of 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award; Former Chair and Lifetime Trustee of Mother McAuley High School, Finance Committee Member and Recipient of the Catherine McAuley Leadership Award; Member Little Company of Mary Hospital Institutional Review Board and LCM Affiliates; Charter Member of the Chicago Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and former Council Delegate to the Illinois Council of Catholic Bishops; longtime Chair of the Most Holy Redeemer Parish Liturgy Committee, former School Board President, Finance Council and Stewardship Committee member, dedicated Lector, Cantor, RCIA catechist and participant in Christ Renews His Parish retreat program, 2012 recipient of Archdiocese of Chicago “Christifideles” Award; member Knights of Columbus Council 324; Member Village of Evergreen Park Zoning Board of Appeals and Historical Commission; retired Director of Finance and Administration of the American Association of Law Libraries and Lifetime AALL Member.

Visitation Wednesday, July 5th from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Thursday 9:30 a.m. from THOMPSON & KUENSTER FUNERAL HOME (5570 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL) to the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer (96th Street at Lawndale Avenue) for a solemn Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Alsip, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Les Turner ALS Foundation, 5550 West Touhy Avenue, Suite 302, Skokie, Illinois 60077-3254  ( or The Phoenix Project of Saint Joseph’s College, 1027 South College Avenue,  Rensselaer, Indiana 47978  ( would be appreciated. Information (708) 425-0500.