Loretta E. (Derusha) ConnellyJune 25, 1923 ~ November 14, 2017 (age 94)
Loretta E Connelly, (nee Derusha), age 94, of Crete, IL, formerly Calumet City, IL passed peacefully on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
Loretta is survived by her four children: Catherine/Kitty Wilhelm, William (late Tonya) Connelly, Jean (late John) Guest, Margaret/Peggy & Richard Crowley
Grandchildren: Joseph & Melissa Wilhelm, Donald & Yolanda Wilhelm, Thomas Wilhelm, Andrew Wilhelm; Andrea & Timothy Bradford, Shaun & Kimberly Connelly, Trever Goble, Jason Goble, Erin Connelly; Laura & Keith Klismith, Anna & Anthony Miller, Brian Guest; Richard & Mary Crowley, Michael Crowley.
Great grandchildren: Joseph, Justin, Nina Wilhelm, Donald, Kara, Nicholas Wilhelm; Alexis, Tyler Bradford, Dylan, Tucker Connelly; Julia, (late Rose), Caleb Klismith, (late Maxwell) Miller; Jack, Brigid Crowley. Two sisters: Lillian (late John) Kassick, Theresa (late Nicholas) Gersich.
Loretta was preceded in death by her husband: Donald Joseph Connelly; parents: Alfred and Exlida Derusha; and her brother: Arthur (Elizabeth) Derusha, five sisters: Marie Derusha, Irene (John) Parins, Evelyn (Louis) Richards, Gladys Hahn, Nancy Guenette. Loretta is retired from the City of Calumet City. She enjoyed gardening in her spare time and belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Loretta was an avid reader loved to spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Hack Funeral Home, 753 Hodges, Beecher, IL 60401 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A private memorial celebration will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in her home town of Escanaba, Michigan.