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Kenneth “Ken” Paul Sadowski

October 7, 1955 - December 18, 2023
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Cemetery
Holy Cross Cemetery
801 Michigan City Road
Calumet City, IL
Mass
St. Matthias Catholic Church
101 W. Burrell Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307
Friday 12/22, 10:00 am

Kenneth “Ken” Paul Sadowski, 68, of Goshen, IN died December, 18th, 2023. Originally hailing from the region, Calumet City, Illinois and born on October 7th, 1955. He was a well-spoken individual, who had a long career in higher education and technology. He would often speak fondly of all the lives he touched teaching students computersContinue Reading

Marcia Cook left a message on December 23, 2023:
I'm ever so sadden of Ken's passing. He joined us "pool gals" at Keystone Pointe whenever he wasn't out golfing. Ken was such a delight. I never forgotten when he gave me "The Lazy Ballerina" winery tasting glass. I was so surprised and meant the world to me since I was a ballerina when I was growing up. We will miss Ken at the pool next year. Such a wonderful guy and will be definitely missed.
Erik Suchak left a message on December 22, 2023:
I’m deeply saddened and shocked by this news. Just saw Ken last month and he was full of life and “Ken”. We’ve been friends for 32 years, met on his first day at IU and never looked back. My sympathies go to all those who were impacted by knowing Ken and of course Megan.
Dean Gaffney left a message on December 21, 2023:
Such a great guy, We ran together for the Crete Trustee position about 8 years ago. We also shared the same birthday Oct. 7 (but not the same year). You will be missed. Dean Gaffney Crete, IL
Sara & Rick Edgar left a message on December 21, 2023:
Megan, Our prayers are with you and the family at this time. Ken was a good friend and neighbor.
Jeff Westphal left a message on December 21, 2023:
Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened when I heard from Megan. Ken and I met at the University of Chicago, and though we didn’t work together our paths crossed many times and we became friends. As time went on, Ken was around when my two sons were born and became ‘uncle Ken’. Ken was always festive and liked to have his friends over to celebrate the holidays, especially Christmas. Ken and I grew closer as time went on, becoming great friends, enjoying pretty much the same things, except golf. Ken always made time for anyone and everyone. His wit and humor always lit up the room. I will deeply miss my friend – Godspeed.
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Virginia Potter left a message on December 21, 2023:
I worked with Ken when he was teaching at St. Mary School in Crown Point. Those of us who worked with him, still talk about how great he was with the children and his sense of humor. May the choirs of Angels come to greet him, may they speed him to Paradise.
Jeff Westphal left a message on December 21, 2023:
In memory of Kenneth “Ken” Paul Sadowski, Jeff Westphal lit a candle
Dale Mertes left a message on December 21, 2023:
I am absolutely saddened and distraught by the news of Ken's passing. I worked with Ken at U of C going back to 2001. He was one of the 1st people I worked with at U of C. We had laughs, we shared offices, we built up a lot of things that still exist at U of C. We golfed together. I will miss him and knowing he has passed on will make the world a little sadder. RIP old buddy. Bye for now, but not forever.
. Jim and Nancy Kuna left a message on December 21, 2023:
RIP Ken. Once a neighbor, golf league partner and friend. Nancy and l will remember you as the good person you always were. Goodbye for now.
Terry Zarowny left a message on December 21, 2023:
Ken, RIP. Jeff Tomich and I have tried to get together with you and a few of the old tennis crowd numerous times but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I have nothing but great memories of you and your sense of humor. You will be missed. God’s speed.
Alexandria Maruska left a message on December 21, 2023:
God Bless Ken and his family. I met Ken while working at Blackboard several years ago and always enjoyed his kind spirit, enthusiasm, and intellect. He was dedicated to making this world a better place through education. I am very sad to hear news of his passing. His spirit shines brightly upon all of us. My deepest condolences, Alexandria Maruska
Chad Kainz left a message on December 20, 2023:
Ken was an amazing person who, without a doubt, fundamentally impacted and in many ways, changed global higher education. He was fond of sharing the story of the two of us sitting at a restaurant in Orlando in the late 1990s and I, as his new manager, telling him, our training coordinator, that I didn’t know what was coming, but I wanted him to lead it — he’d just have to trust me. He did and a few months later I asked him to lead the Chalk Project, the first campus-wide learning management system at UChicago. Little did we know that would set him on a trajectory to touch so many lives around the world. Later, he made the pitch to me to found SLATE, which became his focus for two decades to touch even more people. In the learning management world, everyone seemed to know Ken. He was that guy. Humble, passionate, funny and brilliant. Thank you to everyone in his family for letting us get to know and share our experiences with him. Ken made us all better. Sincerely, Chad Kainz
Margaret and Bob Burroughs left a message on December 20, 2023:
Such sad news to hear about Ken. We worked together many moons ago at IUN and had lots of great times, in what seems like another life now. RIP, Ken.
Bob Orr left a message on December 20, 2023:
When Megan called to inform us of Ken's passing, Lynne and I were both shocked (to say the least) and saddened to hear the news. Ken was a good friend, long-time former neighbor, and buddy, both on and off the golf course. May you RIP my friend!! Our condolences and deepest sympathies go out to you and your family Megan!
Joyce Higgins left a message on December 20, 2023:
Megan, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Todd and Joyce Higgins
Joe & Deb Robeck left a message on December 19, 2023:
Megan, our sincere condolences during your loss of Ken. He was a wonderful man and neighbor and we enjoyed his "matter-of-factness" and honesty! We share in your grief. Love, Joe & Deb Robeck
Terry Patterson left a message on December 19, 2023:
Ken will be dearly missed. My condolences.
Elaine M Alvarez left a message on December 19, 2023:
Megan, I was so sorry to hear about Ken's passing. It was wonderful that as cousins we were finally able to connect through letters and cards. I will always remember when he visited San Diego for a conference and we all got together for dinner. He had the opportunity to meet my late husband David and it was a lovely evening. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Elaine
Liz Balko left a message on December 19, 2023:
I'm so sorry for your loss and send hugs and tons of love.
Chris Carrillo left a message on December 19, 2023:
Megan has been constantly on our minds. Heartfelt condolences to your family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Jim & Esther Lambert left a message on December 19, 2023:
Oursympathy to Megan and all of Ken's family. Whenever Ken was at a Knights of Columbus event the room always lit up with laughter. I am sure that his laughter is echoing throughout heaven!
Geisen Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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