Tom ” Maki” Tounas

Tom ” Maki” Tounas

April 7, 1956 – March 21,2021

Tom, known in his hometown of Edessa, Greece as “Maki”, Tounas suddenly passed away on Sunday evening of March 21st. He was a devoted and beloved husband to Catherine (nee Izban) for 29 years; loving and proud Baba to Efthemia and Periklis; loving stepfather to Ryan and Matthew Pohl; dearly loved son of the late Periklis and Sofia (nee Palassis) Tounas; devoted brother to Evangelos (Susan) Tounas; cherished son-in-law to Roberta Willes; adored brother-in-law to Charles (Margaret) Izban, Carolyn (Mike) Ponder, and Cynthia (Joseph) Jurewicz; and loving uncle to Sophia Tounas, Andrew Izban, Joshua Jurewicz, Sarah Jurewicz, Greyson Ponder, and Julia Jurewicz. Tom was born in Edessa, Greece and moved his life to Chicago, Illinois in 1975. He quickly became a successful restauranteer of The Pit Rib House and established a beautiful life with his devoted wife “Cath.” Even though his foundation and family resided in Lemont, Illinois, he never forgot his roots in Greece which he travelled to yearly. Tom is a loving friend whose connections in Edessa were never forgotten. His love and passion for living life and developing friendships with everyone made him the genuine man he was. His kind-hearted spirit and memory will be eternal. Services for Tom will take place all in one day on Saturday April 3, 2021. Visitation will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 11028 South Roberts Road Palos Hills IL 60465. Funeral services will begin promptly at 12:30 PM. Tom will be laid to rest at Bethania Cemetery of Justice. For information please call 877/974-9201 or 815/462-0711 or

April 3, 2021 – 12:30pm cst

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