ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Otto Kubik. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Gemma Rocchette on June 6, 2021
Rest in Peace, Otto. Laura, Stefanie and Makenzie miss you very much.
Posted by DONALD JONES on June 1, 2021
Otto was always a good friend and great neighbor. If I needed any advice about how to repair something, he would gladly help and show me with laughter and a smile. Even if I didn't need his advice, he still show me how the project should be done. He treated me like a little brother. I miss my friend and neighbor. In the morning he passed, I helped Otto get rid of a gopher, and he gave me his Hedge Trimmer to tryout on my hedges. When I look at my hedges, I always think of Otto. Rest in Peace!!!
Posted by Victor Papadinis on May 31, 2021
Being a close cousin of Laura's growing up, we didn't share much of our adult lives, but I always considered us family. As adults we go our own way especially when we live on opposite coasts.
There were only a few times we actually saw each other since we were young adults. So as my memory serves me l met Otto once or twice and was left with the impression of a man with strong character. A better insite in to Otto's life was through the wonderful photos in this memorial. For me, seeing the smiles and joy on my cousins face is the best tribute to Otto I can make.
Rest in love and peace.
Posted by Sheila Litle on May 27, 2021
First we met Laura, who routinely came into our neighborhood to tell us about her realty business. We liked her right away and believed she was an honest person. Quite some time later, another salesman (Otto) was doing the same rounds and happened to mention his wife and we put 2 and 2 together. You're married to Laura? Now you have street cred. We said we would definitely call you guys if we were to sell our house. Well, we did and they also sold Sheila's mother's (Joan Kelly) house and we have used daughter Stefanie's finance service several times. They all gave us professional and drama free service. Along the way, we became friends. We were honored when Otto invited us to their annual Christmas party in 2016. We had a great time and the Kubiks were the most cordial hosts. Besides our mutual appreciation for Pat Metheny music, the thing we will always appreciate from Otto were his tears at Joan's funeral in 2016. Otto and Laura honored us by their surprise attendance. It meant so much to us. Otto, you surprised us again with your passing last year. Ouch, it hurt us very much. This great memorial shows what we already knew. Otto Lived Life Large!
We will miss Otto very much. We send our love to you Laura and think of you often.

Love,
Ed and Sheila Litle
Posted by Annette Sarnessian on May 23, 2021
My brother-in-law Otto was a multi-talented, hard-working man who lived life to the fullest. His passion and love for his family, and especially Laura, was evident. Rest In Peace.
Posted by Melissa Sullinger on May 22, 2021
We are so glad we had Otto and Laura looking out for our families best interest when they helped us buy our dream home. Otto's honesty and attention to detail was refreshing. We felt that he cared about are future as much as we did. I'm truly sorry for your loss.
Posted by Liz Stoddard on May 21, 2021
We first met Laura and Otto many years ago when they came to our home to leave some information about their realty business. Through those years we saw each other more frequently. When my husband passed in 2017, I came to look to Otto and Laura as dear friends. They helped me through a very difficult time, and I came to rely on Otto's advice and Laura's friendship. I will always remember Otto's zest for life and opinions on the world. He was so knowledgeable about so many things. Always calling a spade a spade, no matter the consequences. You are missed Otto, more than you can ever know. Rest well my dear friend. Gone too soon ...
Posted by Hellen Gonzalez on May 20, 2021
Otto was a big loud man, his strength radiated in his presence, stature and his thunderous voice. Out of his mouth was always a witty word, truth, and a passion for his beliefs. That white beard always held a smile, and in his heart- a generous spirit, zest for life and an obvious love for Laura. While we did not know Otto for years, he left a deep impression, an admiration for a quality person that you know is rare among mankind.

Otto, you will not be forgotten. We thank you for the difference you made in our lives and in how we view the world. We are forever grateful.

Hellen & Albert Gonzalez
Posted by Stephen Sullinger on May 20, 2021
We knew Otto and Laura as our realtors. What impressed me most is that Otto truly looked out for our best interest. We initially called them after seeing a listing on the internet. The first thing Otto said after showing the house was, "I wouldn't buy this house" and listed the reasons why. I think that speaks volumes about his character. Many months later we finally found our home and couldn't be happier with where we are now. Thanks Otto and Laura for looking out for us!
Posted by elaine cornell on May 20, 2021
We knew Otto and Laura as a team. And what a team they were! We met because Don's son referred them to us to sell our house and then buy another. They were efficient, reliable and always available. Later we became friends and started going out to lunch together from time to time. Otto was a charming lunch companion. We felt he could do everything and we were impressed with how much he knew about the world and about politics. We will never forget his and Laura's Christmas parties, full of interesting people and delicious food. Otto will be greatly missed by both of us.
Posted by isabelle tornello on May 18, 2021
Laura, what a beautiful tribute to Otto and what a wonderful life the two of you created together.  I will remember Otto’s zest for life, much like you have captured it here. I am so glad we got to all be together at Laura’s wedding and I will mostly remember  sitting with you and Otto on the porch of your bed and breakfast, enjoying the views and the great conversation. Otto was a great story teller of life , a life he lived to the fullest. 
Posted by Linda M. Malek on May 18, 2021
Thanks to Laura Otto's memories of The Red Arrow Jazz Club will soon be published as part of a book pertaining to the history of the Village of Stickney Illinois. I only wish Otto was here to see it,
Posted by Laura Kubik on April 27, 2021
Not everyone gets to meet the love of their life and soul mate-never mind being blessed to spend 40 years together. I did!! Love you Forever and Always.

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Posted by Gemma Rocchette on June 6, 2021
Rest in Peace, Otto. Laura, Stefanie and Makenzie miss you very much.
Posted by DONALD JONES on June 1, 2021
Otto was always a good friend and great neighbor. If I needed any advice about how to repair something, he would gladly help and show me with laughter and a smile. Even if I didn't need his advice, he still show me how the project should be done. He treated me like a little brother. I miss my friend and neighbor. In the morning he passed, I helped Otto get rid of a gopher, and he gave me his Hedge Trimmer to tryout on my hedges. When I look at my hedges, I always think of Otto. Rest in Peace!!!
Posted by Victor Papadinis on May 31, 2021
Being a close cousin of Laura's growing up, we didn't share much of our adult lives, but I always considered us family. As adults we go our own way especially when we live on opposite coasts.
There were only a few times we actually saw each other since we were young adults. So as my memory serves me l met Otto once or twice and was left with the impression of a man with strong character. A better insite in to Otto's life was through the wonderful photos in this memorial. For me, seeing the smiles and joy on my cousins face is the best tribute to Otto I can make.
Rest in love and peace.
his Life

Remembering Otto

Otto was born June 7, 1949 and left us July 15, 2020. During his entire 71 years he truly lived life to the fullest with passion and energy. Otto was a hardworking self made man, an extremely intelligent individual thinker, and great communicator and story teller. Here are several short capsules of memories about my husband Otto, the man I knew and loved for 40 years…his life, his loves and his legacy.

Otto is also survived by Stefanie, his loving daughter by his first wife Gemma, son-in-law Drew and granddaughter, Makenzie.

Dear family, friends and colleagues - Otto had an impact on many people throughout his life and careers in both Accounting and Real Estate. I hope that you will take time to remember Otto through the vignettes that follow and share your own personal memories of Otto under the "Stories" tab.

As long as someone is remembered they’re never gone!

Otto's youth and love of music

Otto was born in Chicago to Otto James Sr and Nina Lou Kubik.  He grew up in the suburbs of  Berwyn, Stickney and Cicero. Otto's love of music began at an early age growing up living in an apartment over his parent's several jazz clubs.  He'd enjoy sitting at his very own front row table listening to some of the best Chicago Dixieland Jazz bands.  When it was his bedtime, he still got to listen because his bedroom was right over the stage.  

His taste in music evolved. He was thrilled to be a teenager and young adult in the 60's and 70's and enjoy that era's great rock and roll.  He'd turn the volume way up for Jimi Hendrix and get lost listening to the Doors with Jim Morrison's poetic lyrics.  

Otto's love of jazz was a major part of his life. By far his favorite was the Pat Metheny Group. We never missed a concert if they were in town. We enjoyed many jazz concerts over the years. One of our favorite venues was outdoors in the vineyards of the Temecula wine country. As we got older, we appreciated the more intimate setting at Mario's Place in Riverside.  We always tried to be there for dinner and to listen to the Jazz Junkie's play.

Like father, like daughter

Otto's heart melted the moment he looked into his adorable baby daughter's face and eyes!  He was hooked.  

While he enjoyed watching her grow up, his greatest pleasure came from knowing her as an adult whom he loved, admired and respected.  Not only do they share the same distinguishing physical features but also the same strong personalities and character.

Once Otto became a Realtor, he and Stefanie were able to work together as a team-Otto selling homes and Stefanie handling the financing. This brought them even closer. He came to trust and rely on her expertise very much.  
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Rest In Peace, my friend.

Shared by Al Sarnessian on May 20, 2021
My sister Laura’s tribute to her husband Otto perfectly captured not only her love for him but also his passion for life. In my time with him, what was also evident was his devotion and enduring love for her. For that, I will always be grateful