James E. Kuta, age 75, of Elgin, passed away at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates on March 22, 2017.  He was born December 18, 1941 to his loving parents, Harry and Alice (nee Mielnicki) Kuta.

James graduated from Lane Technical High School in Chicago.  He went on to work in information technology for Allstate and Converges.  Following his IT career, he went on to work stock for Target and Costco.

James married the love of his life, Susan, in 1993, after the two tech gurus met while working together at Allstate.  He ran the Allstate mainframe computer and would give Susan her DASD (Direct Access Storage Device) packets.  Love soon followed, and they shared 24 years of marriage and a raised a blended family together.

Loved ones will remember James as a hard worker who took pride in his own work ethic, often referring to himself as “the hardest working man in America.”  He knew his jobs inside and out, and was often strong-willed about his responsibilities, much to the chagrin of some managers.

James had a rough exterior, but those who loved him also knew the sweet, gentle heart inside.  In his free time, he enjoyed watching the Cubs and Blackhawks and taking his ’57 Chevy to car shows.  He loved watching television and sharing laughs together with Susan; he especially loved Al Bundy on Married with Children and Two and a Half Men.

James is survived by his beloved wife, Susan; daughter Kristie (Ray) Sturmoski; step-daughter Jennifer (Pedro Javier del Sol) Koeppel; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be 10:30a.m. to 11:00a.m., with funeral mass to follow at 11:00a.m., at St. Collette Parish, 3900 Meadow Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008,  Father Michal Lewon officiating.  Interment will be private.

Arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin, IL 60120. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com.

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