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Josephine A. "Josie" (Stefanek) Hlavacik

July 13, 1922 ~ May 1, 2019 (age 96)

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Josephine A. (nee Stefanek) “Josie” Hlavacik

Age 96 of Joliet, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, with her loving family by her side.

Born July 13, 1922 in Joliet, IL, Josephine was a daughter of John & Josephine (nee Blahunka) Stefanek. She was raised and educated in the Joliet / Lockport area and attended Joliet Township High School.

Josie worked at the Macaroni Factory in Lockport, IL, Overland Candy Company in Chicago, IL and also for Zayre’s Department Store.

She was a lifetime member of SS Cyril & Methodius Church, the Women’s Auxiliary and the Will County Coin Club.

In Josie’s free time she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, word search puzzles, and cooking her specialties: Cabbage Rolls, Drobi and Potica. She also enjoyed her trips to the casinos, where she rarely lost and won many free spins.  

Survivors include her sons; Richard J. “Rick” (Denice) Hlavacik and Thomas J. “Tom” (Julie) Hlavacik, grandchildren; Amy (Nick) Collofello, Cheryl (Jeremy) Hoffman, Christine (Ryan) Staford-Ries, Melissa (Andrew) Urbancic and Mark (Rachel Moran) Hlavacik; twenty great grandchildren, one great- great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and her loving canine companion, Snuggles.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph J. Hlavacik (1987), her parents and siblings; Marie Kulesza, Anthony, Marco, Peter, John Stefanek and Ann Tondini.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435.

Funeral services will follow on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. with prayers in the funeral home chapel, then processing to Our Lady of Angels, 1201 Wyoming Avenue, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Jeff Stoneberg officiating.

Josephine will be laid to rest in SS Cyril & Methodius Cemetery.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Josephine’s memory to: Joliet Area Community Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125

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May 3, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Chapel Prayers
May 4, 2019

9:15 AM
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Mass of Christian Burial
May 4, 2019

10:00 AM
Our Lady of Angels
1201 Wyoming Avenue
Joliet, IL 60435

May 4, 2019

11:30 AM
SS Cyril & Methodius Cemetery
Rte 6 & Maple Road (East of Briggs Street)
Joliet, IL 60432


Joliet Area Community Hospice
250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet IL 60431
Tel: 1-815-740-4104

Alzheimer's Association
850 Essington Road #200, Joliet IL 60435
Tel: 1-815-744-0804

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