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Memorial Service Saturday for Virginia Denewellis, 90

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Virginia (Ginny) M. Denewellis (Nee Wicevic), age 90, peacefully went into the arms of the Lord Jesus, Friday April 1, 2016, the day before her 91st birthday.

Virginia was beautiful inside and out. She had a giving and loving heart, who always put others first. Virginia was a fabulous cook and baker. She was adamant about teaching her recipes to her daughter, daughters-in-law and granddaughters so they could carry on family traditions. Virginia loved playing cards and bingo. She passed these passions on to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who loved playing games with their “Nonnie and Great Nonnie.”

Survived by her two loving sons Daniel (Sandra) and William (Mary) Denewellis; one loving daughter Kelly Jo (Keith) Highland; loving daughter-in-law Betsy Denewellis; grandchildren Mark, Brian and Scott Denewellis; Joy Lukancic, Brynn Denewellis, Dawn Waters, Meg Denewellis, Dana Gregory, Jill Shutes, Erin Denewellis and Kristea Stipanovich; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister Mary Ann Waldvogel; one aunt Anna Bush; two sisters-in law Florence Wicevic and Marlene Walker; one brother-in-law Joseph Boban. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends also survive.

Preceded in death by her husband Joseph Denewellis; two sons Joseph A. and Robert Denewellis; daughter-in-law Carol Denewellis; parents Antone D. and Helen (Goodger) Wicevic; siblings Isabelle DeSarro, Robert Wicevic, Rita Walker, LeRoy Wicevic, Helen Bryan and Tony Wicevic (in infancy).

Born in Joliet in 1925 and retiring to Porter, IN, in 1987, Virginia returned to Joliet 11 years ago. Virginia was a member of Pathway Christian Fellowship Church and the Croatian Cultural Club, and in Porter, IN, she was a member of Royal Neighbors of America, Hawthorne Park Senior Club, Senior Volunteer Program, Chesterton Public Library Senior Club, Ladies of the Moose Lodge and Crazy Eight Pinochle Club.

As per Virginia’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Pathway Christian Fellowship Church, 19554 NW Frontage Rd., Shorewood, IL. Family will begin greeting guests at 9:00 a.m. and the service will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Private burial will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Virginia’s name may be made to Joliet Area Community Hospice or Pathway Christian Fellowship Church.



Posted 4/14/2016




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