Obituaries

Richard Cibulskis

May 20, 1946 - January 29, 2021

Richard Cibulskis, 74, a resident of Batavia and formerly of Aurora, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 surrounded by his family at his home.

Rich attended Annunciation B.V.M. School and Marmion Military Academy where he established many of his lifelong friendships. He was committed to building Aurora Air Products, a successful manufacturing business, with his father and brothers for almost 50 years. Rich and his brothers also spent many years farming throughout Marywood. He volunteered with the Marywood Fire Department and was known to run to the fire station because he could get there faster than driving.

Rich lived his life as an example to others. He never asked anyone to work harder than he did and instilled in his family and employees the value of hard work. He learned to ski after he turned 50 and taught his children and friends that you are never too old to learn a new skill. Rich demonstrated to all that cell phones are a luxury and not a necessity. He adventured through Stanislaus National Forest’s Emigrant Wilderness to prove that not all who wander are lost, although the U.S. Forest Service Search and Rescue might disagree.

He was an outdoorsman and adventurer of sorts. Rich loved hiking, biking, sailing, playing frisbee, landscaping, and listening to the corn grow. He enjoyed traveling, attending the sporting events of his grandchildren, and watching Notre Dame football games. Rich loved spending time with family and friends.

He valued education immensely, both formal and informal. Every new experience or situation was a welcomed opportunity for Rich to impart life skills upon those around him.  The lessons he taught his brothers and children prepared them for life.  Rich was a proud Lithuanian who instilled old world values into his family. He was an avid reader who never stopped learning. He truly enriched the lives of those around him.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jean Cibulskis; daughters Christine (Paul) Felber and Julie (Scott Roskuszka) Cibulskis; sons Daniel (Heather) Cibulskis and David (Lisa) Cibulskis; grandchildren Matthew and Hannah Felber, Lauren and Ian Roskuszka, Megan, Madison, Nicholas, and Abigail Cibulskis, Lauren Hawkins, Ryan and Kaitlyn Cibulskis; brothers John (Paula) Cibulskis, Jr., Ronald (Dorothy) Cibulskis, and Bill (Patty) Franzen; sister-in-law Carol Cibulskis; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Susan Cibulskis; his brother, Donald Cibulskis; sister-in-law Donna Hermes; and a sister who died in infancy. He is starting his next great adventure with them.

Thank you to his “personal assistant” Roland for his companionship and care during the past three years.  The family would also like to thank caregivers Claire, Carrie, Ruth and Ruthie.

Funeral services are private through Moss Family Funeral Home. Out of respect for the health and safety of friends and family, a celebration of Rich's life will take place this summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marmion Academy or Annunciation B.V.M. School. 

Guest Book

  • Michelle Clinard-Wagner My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved Rich. He lived such a full life surrounded by family and friends, he leaves behind quite the legacy. You are all in my heart, thoughts, and prayers now and always...
  • Nancy and Jim Hopp Warm wishes of sympathy go to Jean and Rich's whole family. We cannot think of anyone who found so much joy, created so many opportunities, and cherished his family and friends so faithfully as Rich. Memories we will especially treasure include grade and high school antics, a cruise with friends, silly golf outings, and fun dinner gatherings. What a jewel of a man!