Obituaries

Russell J. Effrig

June 16, 1956 - January 6, 2020

Russell J. Effrig, passed away December 11, 2019, from complications of a cardiac arrest.

Russ was born in Pottstown, PA.  He attained a BS in Accounting from Penn State University & an MBA in Marketing, Finance, Strategic Planning, & International Business from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.  He was a Certified as: a Public Accountant, ISO 9000 Auditor, & in Six Sigma.  He helped several startup companies earlier in his professional career and was previously:  SVP- Finance & Administration for Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Interim CFO for CEDA, Controller for Access Community Health Network, CFO for Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, and most recently CFO for Alivio Medical Center in Chicago.  He loved helping companies save money & improving processes.  He was passionate about his work & his family.  He was constantly working on home projects, when not at work. He enjoyed architecture, visiting Frank Lloyd Wright homes, & exploring caves.  He also loved science fiction, reading, and collecting old books. 

He is survived by his wife, Joy; his father, Ernest Sr. “Pops” (Marlene); four children, Joe (Kristy), Tim (Heather), Amber (David), & Cami; three stepchildren, Sarah, Rachel, & William; 6 grandchildren; three brothers, Ernest Jr. (Lisa), Gordon (Sarah), & Tim (Heidi) and Aunt Dolly.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service Saturday, January 18, from 3-5:30 pm, at Shannon Hall, 14 North Van Buren St., Batavia, IL.  Open visitation (photos only) from 3 – 4 pm. Service at 4 pm. Reception immediately following the service.

Contributions in memory of Russ may be made to Alivio Medical Center, C/O Sandra Ramirez, Development, 966 W 21st St, Chicago, IL. 60608.

Guest Book

  • Jennifer Gonzalez Russ thank you for all the hard work, great conversations, and wonderful advice. Your time here was so appreciated and loved by so many and will be so missed. It will be hard to carry on with you but I know you are with your family and watching over all us at Alivio. Rest well my friend.
  • Jennifer Vargas For the short time I knew Russ , I got to know the great person he was and the huge heart he had. I will truly miss him!
  • Sandy Ramirez Russ was a great friend and mentor. I was always delighted to hear him talk about his children, wife and grandchildren. He truly loved them and his work. He has left a legacy. I miss my friend but take comfort in knowing he is in a better place.
  • Susan For the little time that I knew Russ he impressed me with his always positive , upbeat attitude. This is just what I needed sometimes when I was feeling defeated here at Alivio. I am glad I had a little time to get to know him. I hope his family will find peace with sweet memories of his life. Peace ad abundant blessings!
  • Jaclyn Soto Thank you, Russ, for your stories. You were always the best part of visiting Morgan.