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Michael A. Galderio - 69

Frankfort, Illinois

Michael A. Galderio. Age 69. Frankfort resident, formerly of Chicago Heights. Attended Bloom High School. Started his work in the restaurant business as a bartender at Alf’s Pub in Dolton. Became a partner at the Tender Trap in Chicago Heights and then Ciao Ristorante in Matteson. In 1996 Mike opened Balagio Restaurant on Ridge Road and Martin Street in Homewood until moving the business to its current location at 175th Street and Dixie Highway. In 2017 he expanded the restaurant into Mokena location on 191st Street and Everett Lane. Husband for 14 years of Nicole Kavouris. Father of Michael (Leah) Galderio and Mia Kavouris. Grandfather of Tyler Claire and Viviana Paige Galderio. Son of the late Sabina nee Picchi and Pasquale Galderio. Brother of Patricia Borst, Michelle (Nick) Mrdalj and Patrick Galderio. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Friend of many. Memorial Visitation at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th Street (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Sunday January 8, 2023, from 12:00 Noon until time of Memorial Service at 6:00 pm. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mike’s name to Alicia’s House, P.O. Box 1232, Beecher, IL, 60401 or would be appreciated by the Galderio family. Info 708-481-9230 and




  • Darlene A Krejcir

    on 01/03/23

    To Mike's family We send our condolences to all of you. Mike will be dearly missed . Mike Sr. Rest in peace George Heilmeyer Darlene Krejcir Quality coffee co.
  • gina scrementi

    on 01/03/23

    To Mike's family, my sincere condolences to all of you.  He will be missed.  

  • Peggy Clark

    on 01/03/23

    To Mike's Family:  I'm so very sorry for your loss.  Mike was such a kind, generous, talented and funny guy.  I will miss him and so will my whole family.  We are so grateful to have had him in our lives. Our thoughts are with you guys.

  • Janice Pierandozzi

    on 01/04/23

    I grew up on the hill with him. He was always doing goofy stuff for laughs. I am happy to have known him. Rest in Peace, my friend

  • Carl Wojack

    on 01/05/23

    I too grew up on the Hill. What a great place to be. May he rest in Peace.
  • Loretta & Clem De Luca

    4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Dear Nicole, Michael and Mia,

    We send our deepest sympathy in your loss of this wonderful, generous man, our friend.  He fought a valiant battle, and left too soon. The Good Lord has other plans for him. May you find comfort in happy memories. 
    Loretta & Clem 

  • Susan Formentini

    4 weeks ago

    Mike had a heart of gold he was easy to be around funny nothing bad to say about anyone. We're all gonna miss you Mike I know your in a better place sweetheart. Hope to see you when it's my time. R.I.P.
  • Jill S Sieveking

    3 weeks, 6 days ago

    You were an amazing person and boss. My deepest sympathies for your family. You were one of a kind. Always there for everyone. You treated everyone as family. Always in our families thoughts. God bless. Jill Sieveking and family
  • Nona Johnston

    3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Mike was a wonderful person, always willing to help, so kind . I remember one instance in particular when my sister had passed away,  I could not find a proper place for her memorial service and Mike offered for my family to have it at his many fond memories from having my daughters communion celebration, birthday dinners or other special family occasions being celebrated at his restaurant. I will miss seeing him always smiling and in good spirits...My condolences to his lovely wife Nicole his children and the rest of the family.  
    Rest in heavenly peace Mike

  • Cindy Pease

    2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Mickey, Patty, Pat

    Michael was loved by his entire family. We all grew up with lots of love and lots of fighting - that's the Italian way!!! Grandma and Grandpa loved all of us  - but Michael could have been the favorite???? He lived his life the hard way, working hard all the time, lots of long hours. So happy that his businesses were successful and he had many friends to share his success with. 
    Glad I was able to see him when we came back to the Chgo Area from Georgia - I looked forward to our visits and some great Italian food!!!!  
    Love you Michael - I will miss you more than you know. Home is not the same knowing you won't be there.

    Cindy Pease

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