Vladimir Gastevich was a successful attorney and businessman, but his life was defined by his love of his family, said Dora Gastevich, his wife of 23 years.
“His joy was the loving family he created, which was typically the focus of conversation with friends and peers alike,” she said. “He called his sons ‘intelligent, athletic and strapping young men’ and his daughter ‘wise, beautiful and creative like her mother.’”
Vladimir “Vlad” Gastevich Jr., 54, of Chicago and formerly of Chesterton, died Sept. 15 after a four year battle with brain cancer. In addition to being survived by his wife, he is survived by his children Alexander, Nicholas and Olivia.
He was a graduate of Chesterton High School, where he excelled in basketball and left holding the school records for points and field goal percentage.
He earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Chicago and earned his law degree from Northwestern University.
He worked four years for the Sonnenschein law firm in Chicago before founding ATG Corporation with his brother. He served at the real estate development and investment company as CEO and general counsel.
“He was a true professional in every sense of the word and always conducted himself with dignity,” said Joyce Koch, a property manager at Embassy Place who worked with him for 17 years. “I value and cherish the knowledge I gained from examples of his intuitive business sense and impeccable legal acumen. And for all this, I am forever grateful.”
Dora Gastevich said her husband was a fixture at all of his children’s events and took great pride in their accomplishments. He enjoyed coaching all three of his children and also enjoyed being a spectator, and attended nearly every game.
She said her husband credited his family for keeping him strong during his battle with cancer, through surgeries and physical hardship.
“He was driven, bringing optimism and tenacity to his battle,” she said. “He took great care to protect his beloved family from all the hardships they could face in his absence, and leave them secure. To his final day, he was dedicated to them.”