Funeral services will be held today for Evanstonian Joseph J. Bredemann Sr., chairman of the family-owned auto dealerships that carry his name,

Bredermann, 87, died Thursday.

He was born in Rogers Park on Aug. 3, 1926, and worked most of his life for the auto dealerships founded by his family in 1912, which now operate from four sites in Park Ridge and Glenview.

Friends described him as a boundless optimist, veteran, 47-year parishioner and usher at Saint Joan of Arc Parish and a founding member of the Park Ridge Rotary Club.

He’s survived by his wife Sara, six children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be this morning from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Joan of Arc Church with a funeral mass at noon and burial at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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