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Official Obituary of

Primitivo T. Avila

July 29, 1942 ~ February 25, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Primitivo Avila Obituary

Primitivo Trevino Avila was born on July 29,1942 to Julia Trevino and Primitivo Saavedra Avila in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Following the tragic death of his father at a very young age, Primo, his siblings, and his mother, immigrated to the United States, settling in Laredo, TX. As fate would have it, his mother found love again with Ascencion Almaguer. Together, they built a family in Chicago, IL, where Primo's family ultimately settled. Primo loved this country, his home, and was proud to have served in the United States Army, which he often recalled as some of the best years of his life. He was a proud member of the Chicago Local 10 Carpenters Union.

Primo passed away at the age of 81 on Sunday, February 25, 2024. He is preceded in death by his parents, as well as the father who raised him, Ascencion, sisters Maria Del Rosario “Rosie”, Rachel, and Yolanda “Judy”, brother Freddy,  and beloved nieces and nephew, leaving a legacy of love and memories. He is survived by his sweetheart, Leonardine “Lenny” Avila, their children Kelly, Kim (Cobie), Kristy (James), and Jason (Laura), and their grandchildren: Jordyn (Jake), Allysa, Zachary, Kelsey, Samantha, Maxwell, Jillian, Calvin, and Daniel. His siblings, Joe, Alice, Mary, and Rudy also survive him, as do his loyal "brothers from another father," Ricardo (late Victoria) and Xavier (Rossy), and numerous friends he made along the way.

Primo is remembered for his deep love and gratitude for his family; adoring his Lenny, his children, and grandchildren immensely. He is remembered for his smile and the joy he shared while spending time with those he loved. He maintained a close bond with his siblings, cherishing his nieces and nephews dearly. As a devoted Chicago Cubs fan, Primo experienced his share of sports heartaches, yet this never dampened his spirit. Primo's yearly disappointment with the Chicago Bears was also a testament to his sportsmanship, as he wished his sons-in-law good luck in their support of the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers. Over the years, he enjoyed golf, playing Mexican Train Dominoes with his children, cherishing moments of loving on his grandchildren, and throwing back Tecates with his brothers. Primo's sense of humor, known for being quick-witted, sweet, and occasionally offensive, remained a source of comfort and laughter for his loved ones. Even though often told, "you can't say those things, Dad!",  he unapologetically maintained his humor to the end.

Primo was known for carrying jalapeños in his pocket to spice up his food and never rushing his favorite meal: breakfast. His love for barbacoa, huevos a la mexicana, menudo, and black coffee, coupled with his explanations of why menudo is the best food, ensured a great start to any day "in this great country, America!"

His later years, though extremely difficult, were met with determination and a smile that left his family in awe, redefining the word “hero.” This period of personal growth led to restored relationships and a deepened sense of home and belonging. While his body did not heal, his heart did, and he was at peace when his soul was called home. Rooted in his faith, he was confident that "the best is yet to come, baby."

Primo will be loved and missed immensely. We rejoice in his reunion with those he loved and missed so deeply. In lieu of flowers, we request you tell a bad joke and have a beer with someone you love or make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude, in honor of Primo's long standing support for these organizations.

We hope you’re "Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay," Dad.

Family and Friends are to gather for the Memorial Visitation on Friday, March 8, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside, Illinois 60162 (Located between Mannheim & Wolf Road). A Chapel Service will be celebrated promptly at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be held March 9, 2024 at 9:45 A.M. at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Rd, Justice, IL 60458 family and friends are to meet at the main office in LOT B. For additional info. Call 708-449-5300.

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Memorial Visitation
March 8, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Russo's Hillside Chapels
4500 Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162

Chapel Service
March 8, 2024

7:00 PM
Russo's Hillside Chapels
4500 Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162

March 9, 2024

Resurrection Cemetery
7201 Archer Road
Justice, IL 60458


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