Oct 22, 2021
Victor Eric Serafini passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021. He was born on April 18th, 1935 in a tiny village named Ponte San Pietro just outside of Lucca in Italy. At age 5, Victor left Italy with his mother Eufrosina Serafini to reunite with his father, Natalino Serafini. His sister, Angelina, had to stay behind with family due to issues with her papers. It turned out, the ship Victor sailed on was the last ship to leave Italy before the United States entered World War II. It would be 7 years before Angelina would finally be reunited with Victor and her parents. Victor grew up in Chicago. He attended Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School and later, St. Mel High School. The son of a true Italian tailor, Victor was known for his impeccable fashion. In fact, Victor’s parents started a family business – Serafini and Sons Formal Wear – a newer concept at the time: Renting formal attire. Victor would later take over the business and expand it to 3 locations across Chicagoland. Victor was a collector of coins, art and people; a wine enthusiast; an amateur photographer and a lover of music. He was the life of the party, be it a party of two or two-hundred, you would always see people laughing and smiling around him. He enjoyed making memories in every moment and sharing them with others. In his early 20’s, Victor met Helene Berkowitz and they had a child together: Greg Scott Berkowitz. Later in life, Victor married Katharine Sheridan Conaway and they had two children together: Christopher Lawrence Serafini and Julie Florence Serafini. Victor is survived by his 3 children; Greg Berkowitz, Christopher Serafini and Julie Presta; his 4 grandchildren; Mason Berkowitz, Massimo Serafini and Lindi and Marco Presta; and many others who love and adore him. He is at peace now, his burdens set aside. Visitation Friday, October 22nd, 8:00 am until time of Service, 10:30 am at The Oaks Funeral Home, 1201 E Irving Park Road (at prospect) Itasca. Entombment All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines with Military Veteran Honors.