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Victor Cuevas

February 24, 1977 — March 26, 2024

Chicago

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It is with a joyous heart that we remember the life of Victor Cuevas, a man who was as reliable as a well-tuned engine and as spirited as a salsa dance. Victor was born on February 24, 1977, in Chicago, Illinois and passed away suddenly on March 26, 2024.  Known by many as Vic, he was a charismatic man who lived his life with a radiant enthusiasm that was infectious to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Vic was raised in Ukrainian Village and after graduating from Ellen Mitchell Grammar School and Holy Trinity High School, he attended Wright College and Columbia College.  After high school, Vic worked at Lakeshore Athletic Club for almost 10 years and then dabbled in the club industry.  While he grew up immersed in the automotive world, he eventually made his way working fulltime side by side with his father at Victor’s Auto Repair Shop.   His loyalty and reliability were well known in his community, and he was always ready to lend a hand to those in need of car repairs.

Victor was a man of many talents and passions. He was a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a silver medalist in the Junior Olympics. Having grown up on the soccer field with his dad, he later became a sponsor and manager of La Banda Soccer Club. An avid sports fanatic, Victor supported all Chicago teams, especially The Bears. His love for sports, including a fondness for NASCAR, was only rivaled by his love for a good party.  His knack for throwing unforgettable parties was legendary.  He was always engaged in great fun with his daughters including games, music and piñatas with many good friends and family to celebrate their birthdays and other special events.  Vic also enjoyed going to a good house party and loved all kinds of music, especially old school house and hip hop music.  He rarely missed a Chicago summer festival, but his absolute favorite was West Fest.  Vic was an amazing dancer and a true salsero at heart.  He also had a penchant for blowing off fireworks and was an eclectic movie buff with sci-fi, anime, martial arts and Bollywood genres among his favorites.

Victor was larger than life and a great storyteller.  He was always ready with a quick quip and could often be found engaging in mischievous endeavors.  He was also a true foodie.  Not only was he a pizza afficionado, but he was known for his love of all of Chicago’s food culture, including Odge’s Italian Beef and eating in China Town.

While he travelled regularly to Mexico City to see family, Victor also found great joy in exploring new landscapes.  From hiking in Na Pali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii and swimming the Trinity Hot Springs of Idaho to seeing the Great Wall of China each journey brough a fresh perspective and a renewed zest for life.  After starting a family, yearly trips to Six Flags as well as vacations with his wife and daughters to the Wisconsin Dells, Bellingham, Washington and more recently, the introduction of camping, were all joyous highlights of Victor’s life.  He also carried wonderful familial memories of holidays spent at Montrose Harbor.

Victor’s reliable, hardworking nature and his love for family and respect for duty was evident in every facet of his life.  His spirited personality truly made Victor unique. His life was a tapestry woven with vibrant threads of love, humor, and passion and his love for life was only surpassed by his love for family.  His memory will continue to inspire and uplift all those who had the honor of knowing him.  His life was an embodiment of the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "It is not length of life, but depth of life."  Vic leaves a legacy of loyalty, reliability, and charisma.  Let us remember him not for his departure, but for the joy and vibrancy he brought to our lives.

Victor was the beloved husband of Charlee Rojek; the cherished father of Anamarie, Victoria and Carolina; a loyal and devoted son of Victor M. and Josefina Cuevas; a loving brother of Cesar (the late Angelica) and Gerardo (Holly) Cuevas; the proud uncle of Cesarin, Victor Gerardo, Mateo, Luca, Emilio, Uxue and the late Michael; the dearest nephew of many including his closest local family, Heriberto Cuevas and the late Pilar Zamora and the Cuevas Diaz and the Guerrero Camacho Families in Mexico City, Mexico; caring cousin of many including  his close local family, Erica and Angelica Cuevas, Enrique Zamora, Nellie Chavez, Augustine, Fernando and Nancy Zamora and Jane Goyco.  He was also the kind son in law of Jeri Freeman (Fred Mueller); fond brother-in-law of Allison (Bob) Burdick, Deborah (Dennis) Virta, Pamela (Bob) Jurgens, Christopher Rojek and Amy (Alberto) Santiago Silva; and he was a caring and true friend of many including his best friends from a young age, Esteban and Maria Santiago, Sandra Santiago (Carlos) Hernandez, Angie Santiago (Orlando) Torres, Esteban Jr. (Melissa) and Marilyn Santiago, Enrique Zavala and Family, Richie Hernandez and Family and Soline Velasquez and Family.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 2nd 4:00 – 8:00 PM at The Original Rago Brothers Funeral Home, 624 N. Western Ave., Chicago.  Family and friends will meet at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 612 N. Western Ave.., Chicago on Wednesday, April 3rd for visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.  Interment private.

Con corazón alegre recordamos la vida de Víctor Cuevas, un hombre tan confiable como un motor bien afinado y tan enérgico como un baile de salsa. Víctor nació el 24 de febrero de 1977 en Chicago, Illinois y falleció repentinamente el 26 de marzo de 2024. Conocido por muchos como Vic, era un hombre carismático que vivió su vida con un entusiasmo radiante que era contagioso para todos los que tuvieron la oportunidad. placer de conocerlo.

Vic se crió en Ucrania Village y después de graduarse de la escuela secundaria Ellen Mitchell y la escuela secundaria Holy Trinity, asistió a Wright College y Columbia College. Después de la secundaria, Vic trabajó en Lakeshore Athletic Club durante casi 10 años y luego incursionó en la industria de clubes. Si bien creció inmerso en el mundo del automóvil, finalmente se abrió camino trabajando a tiempo completo al lado de su padre en Victor's Auto Repair Shop. Su lealtad y confiabilidad eran bien conocidas en su comunidad y siempre estaba dispuesto a echar una mano a quienes necesitaban reparaciones de automóviles.

Víctor era un hombre de muchos talentos y pasiones. Fue cinturón negro de primer grado en Tae Kwon Do y medallista de plata en los Juegos Olímpicos Juveniles. Habiendo crecido en el campo de fútbol con su padre, luego se convirtió en patrocinador y gerente de La Banda Soccer Club. Víctor, un ávido fanático de los deportes, apoyó a todos los equipos de Chicago, especialmente a los Bears. Su amor por los deportes, incluida la afición por NASCAR, sólo podía rivalizar con su amor por una buena fiesta. Su habilidad para organizar fiestas inolvidables era legendaria. Siempre se divirtió mucho con sus hijas, incluidos juegos, música y piñatas, con muchos buenos amigos y familiares para celebrar sus cumpleaños y otros eventos especiales. A Vic también le gustaba ir a una buena fiesta en casa y le encantaba todo tipo de música, especialmente house de la vieja escuela y hip hop. Rara vez se perdía un festival de verano de Chicago, pero su favorito absoluto era el West Fest. Vic era un bailarín increíble y un verdadero salsero de corazón. También tenía predilección por lanzar fuegos artificiales y era un cinéfilo ecléctico con géneros de ciencia ficción, anime, artes marciales y Bollywood entre sus favoritos.

Víctor era más grande que la vida y un gran narrador. Siempre estaba listo para hacer una broma rápida y, a menudo, se le podía encontrar participando en actividades traviesas. También era un verdadero entusiasta de la gastronomía. No solo era un aficionado a la pizza, sino que era conocido por su amor por toda la cultura gastronómica de Chicago, incluida la carne italiana de Odge y comer en China Town.

Si bien viajaba regularmente a la Ciudad de México para ver a su familia, Víctor también encontraba una gran alegría al explorar nuevos paisajes. Desde caminatas en la costa de Na Pali en Kauai, Hawaii y nadar en Trinity Hot Springs de Idaho hasta ver la Gran Muralla China, cada viaje brinda una nueva perspectiva y un renovado entusiasmo por la vida. Después de formar una familia, los viajes anuales a Six Flags, así como las vacaciones con su esposa e hijas a Wisconsin Dells, Bellingham, Washington y, más recientemente, la introducción del campamento, fueron momentos felices en la vida de Víctor. También llevaba consigo maravillosos recuerdos familiares de las vacaciones que pasó en el puerto de Montrose.

La naturaleza trabajadora y confiable de Víctor, su amor por la familia y el respeto por el deber fueron evidentes en cada faceta de su vida. Su personalidad enérgica realmente hizo que Víctor fuera único. Su vida era un tapiz tejido con vibrantes hilos de amor, humor y pasión, y su amor por la vida sólo fue superado por su amor por la familia. Su memoria seguirá inspirando y elevando a todos aquellos que tuvieron el honor de conocerlo. Su vida fue una encarnación de las palabras de Ralph Waldo Emerson: "No es duración de la vida, sino profundidad de la vida". Vic deja un legado de lealtad, confiabilidad y carisma. Recordémoslo no por su partida, sino por la alegría y la vitalidad que trajo a nuestras vidas.

Víctor era el amado marido de Charlee Rojek; el querido padre de Anamarie, Victoria y Carolina; un hijo leal y devoto de Víctor M. y Josefina Cuevas; un querido hermano de César (la fallecida Angélica) y Gerardo (Holly) Cuevas; el orgulloso tío de Cesarin, Víctor Gerardo, Mateo, Luca, Emilio, Uxue y el fallecido Michael; el sobrino más querido de muchos, incluida su familia local más cercana, Heriberto Cuevas y la fallecida Pilar Zamora y las familias Cuevas Díaz y Guerrero Camacho en la Ciudad de México, México; primo cariñoso de muchos, incluida su familia local cercana, Erica y Angélica Cuevas, Enrique Zamora, Nellie Chávez, Augustine, Fernando y Nancy Zamora y Jane Goyco. También era el amable yerno de Jeri Freeman (Fred Mueller); querido cuñado de Allison (Bob) Burdick, Deborah (Dennis) Virta, Pamela (Bob) Jurgens, Christopher Rojek y Amy (Alberto) Santiago Silva; y fue un cariñoso y verdadero amigo de muchos, incluidos sus mejores amigos desde muy joven, Esteban y María Santiago, Sandra Santiago (Carlos) Hernández, Angie Santiago (Orlando) Torres, Esteban Jr. (Melissa) y Marilyn Santiago, Enrique Zavala. y Familia, Richie Hernandez y Familia y Soline Velásquez y Familia.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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