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In Memoriam

November 18, 2010

Joseph E. "Uncle Joe" Lesniak, a former Chevrolet dealer and onetime president of the CATA, died Sept. 10. He was 81. 

Lesniak operated Colonial Chevrolet in Schaumburg, at the site of the current Woodfield Chevrolet. He also was a longtime and founding member of the Prospect Heights Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates.


Uncle Joe was elected to the CATA board of directors in 1987, and he ascended to president in 1991. Lesniak sold his dealership during his yearlong presidency and resigned from the board. The title changed in 1993 to chairman of the board.  

During Lesniak’s tenure as president, the state’s first motor vehicle advertising regulations were adopted, to level the playing field for automobile advertising.


Lesniak is survived by his wife Ethelyn ("Jimmy"); sons James and John; daughter Jan; and 10 grandchildren. The family would appreciate memorials to the Lions or Rotary Clubs.