Joseph L. Averaino, age 83, of Elgin, IL, passed away on August 21, 2021. He was born May 28, 1938 in Elgin, IL to his loving parents, Lillian (née Lullie) and Joseph A. Averaino.

Joe was born, raised, and lived his whole life on the east side of Elgin, IL. He graduated from Elgin High School, Class of 1956, then joined the United States Army in 1957. He was a member of the 22nd Quartermaster Company, and served two years before being honorably discharged. He received a Marksmanship (Rifle) Badge and a Good Conduct Medal.

Joe was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #117, for over 60 years, and also served as president of the local for 20 years. He had a strong work ethic and enjoyed every minute of it! He first worked at Elgin Wiring for several years, then in 1969, he began working for Ron at Ron Jones Electric. He worked his way up to Supervising Electrician, a title he proudly held for over 30 years until his retirement in 2002.

Joe met Karla Cullitan in 1969, and they were married in 1972. Together they raised two wonderful sons, and were blessed with beautiful granddaughters.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Amelia and Richard. He is survived by his wife, Karla Averaino; sons, Jody (Ingrid), and Jason (Katy); siblings, Rosemary, and Lewis (Leanne); granddaughters, Rachael, Sofia, and Elena; uncle, Jim; and countless cousins, nieces, and nephews. Joe will be sorely missed!

Visitation will be 2:00pm until funeral service with full military honors at 5:00pm, Friday, August 27, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Rev. Michael Murschel will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 882 7581 3959, Password: 606810).

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joe’s name to the National MS Society.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

8 Replies to “Joseph L. Averaino”

  1. We have lost a dear friend. What a wonderful person, Joe was. I will remember all the good times, and laughter that we shared, for almost 50 years.
    Richie and Joanne Spizziri

  2. Sadden to hear that Joe has passed. Remember him as one of our “older” cousins who was always fun and had a great smile!! May he rest in peace…say hi to all those who are there to welcome you home!!

    1. Never ever saw Joe without a smile. I loved his laugh. May his memory be a blessing.

  3. Go in peace Joe. You leave behind loving, kind sons and three beautiful granddaughters. They will carry on where you left off.

  4. Joe was my older brother who we loved so very much, he is up in heaven looking down on us and out of pain, and remembering all the good days when we were kids having so much fun. go in peace Joe.

  5. We always looked forward to seeing Joe.
    His kindness and wit were always on display.
    He was fun to be around and he will be missed. God bless you Joe ,may you Rest In Peace!

  6. Always remembered Joe happy and a smile on his face. Such a wonderful person inside and out! Rest in Peace Joe!

  7. Joe was an inspiration to many, including myself. He always made you feel special and always showed genuine concern for others. May God Bless his family and provide them with comfort and peace.

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