Obituary for Rudolph Anthony ""Rudy"" Palenik, Jr.

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Rudolph Anthony Palenik, Jr.

November 6, 1951 - October 26, 2020

Rudolph Anthony Palenik, Jr. passed away on October 26 2020 at the age of 68 after his two-and-a-half year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Rudy was born November 6th, 1951 in Chicago IL, to the late Rudolph and Lucille (Presler) Palenik as the third of seven siblings (all of which survive him).  He was a Chicago sports fan enjoying Blackhawks, Cubs and Bears games.

Rudy attended Carmel Catholic High School for boys in Mundelein, IL and continued his education at Marquette University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and mathematics.

Rudy pursued a career as an actuary in the insurance industry, earning a fellowship in the Commercial Actuarial Society in the spring of 1994. He spent over 25 years working in Ohio with Nationwide, Westfield and State Auto, retiring July of 2018.

Rudy is lovingly survived by his wife of 36 years Susan ( Erenberg) Palenik, his daughters Sarah (Brad) Koehler and Amanda Palenik and his son Ross Palenik.  His family has fond memories of a husband and father who loved them beyond measure.

No plans for a memorial service at this time.



No services are being planned.

Lenore Henry posted on November 17, 2020

My heart, prayers and love are with Susan, Sarah, Ross and Brad. I know there are special gifts in life that some people are blessed to receive. They are not materialistic. Rudy was a blessing our gift! We were fortunate to share our lives with Rudy as he was a loving Husband to Susan, a loving Father to Sarah, Amanda, Ross and Brad and a loving Brother to me and my siblings. The memories of Jay are a treasure! Jay love and miss you dearly - you will always be in my heart! Go Bears!!!

Robert Palenik posted on November 8, 2020

Our love and prayers are with Susan, Sarah, Amanda, Ross, and Brad.Rudy was a amazing husband and father. He was a amazing brother as well, I will miss his texts about our beloved Chicago teams. I will miss his love that he gave us all, my siblings and I will greatly miss him. He left behind many nieces and nephews also who will miss him so much. We love you Jay.... you can rest peacefully now. Love you, Rob


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