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St. Ambrose Catholic Church
Friday December 31st, 2021

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Corinne Shields

Corinne L. “Corky” Shields

Age 92 of Crest Hill, passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021, with family by her side.

Born on May 21, 1929 in Joliet, Corinne was a daughter of Amos L. and Loretta (Née Skoff) Joutras.

She was a lifelong Joliet area resident, a graduate of Joliet Township High School, Class of 1948 and married Raymond F. Shields Sr. on June 17, 1950, at St. Raymond Catholic Church (Cathedral of St. Raymond) in Joliet.

Corky was retired from Monroe Egg Hatchery after ten years of dedicated service.

She was a longtime member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Joliet Elks #296 – Ladies Auxiliary, and Loyal Order of the Moose #300– Ladies Auxiliary.

In her free time, she enjoyed traveling with Ray to Hayward, Wisconsin fishing on the Chippewa flowage and Acapulco.

Survivors include her children; Peggy (Pat) Guffey, Raymond F. (Sandy) Shields, Jr., Deb (Bill) Rathbun and Michael (Mary Ann Weiner) Shields, grandchildren; Trisha (Chad) Simpson, Lisa (Louie) Cardwell, Michelle (Jason) Rodeghero, Grant (Jessica) Shields, Jake Shields, Jennifer (Dave Goldstein) Rathbun, Kenneth (Jennifer) Rathbun, Brittany (Zack) Forbing and Stephanie Shields, fifteen great-grandchildren, sisters; Marilyn Rakar and Gerry Plese and sister-in-law; Lillian (late Raymond) Kezerle.

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Corky was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Raymond F. “Ray” Shields, Sr. (October 19, 2021); her parents, Amos L. and Loretta Joutras; brother, Louis A. (late Betty Joutras-Brewer) Joutras; brothers-in-law, Gene Rakar and Luke Plese; mother and father-in-law, John and Elizabeth Shields; sisters-in-law, Kathleen (late Stephen) Popovich and Margaret Shields and brother-in-law, John (late Mary Earlene) Shields.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1705 Burry Circle Drive, Crest Hill, IL on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., Rev Anthony Nyamai officiating.

Facemasks are required in Church.

Corky will be laid to rest beside her husband at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Joliet.

The family would like to thank the staff of Lightways Hospice for their compassionate care of Corky. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Corky’s memory to: Lightways Hospice, Joliet - http://joliethospice.org.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book by logging onto: www.PleseFuneral.com.

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

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I am very sorry to hear about Corky passing away. She was my very best friend all through High school and I was her brides-maid. I will always remember her great smile. My love and prayers are with you all.

Betty Bush Jan 5 2022 12:00 AM

We are so sad to hear about the passing of Corky. Our heartfelt condolences to her family. She was a dear friend for so many years to my parents, Joe and Cele. Keeping your family in our prayers.

Joe Wolf, Jonas Astrauskas & Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas Dec 29 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Mike, I am truly saddened to hear about the passing of your Mother after just losing your Father. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Betty Co-worker Dec 29 2021 12:00 AM

In fond memory of Corky.Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas

Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Peg, Pat, Trisha, Chad and family, Our hearts are saddened to hear of the passing of your dear mother/grandmother, Corrinne. You are all in our prayers! With much love.Bonnie Deatley, Amber Dolle, Amy Marchena, Grace Sakelson, Lori DePalma, Camille O'Neill, Erin Medina, Justy Brubaker

Bonnie Deatley, Amber Dolle, Amy Marchena, Grace Sakelson, Lori DePalma, Camille O'Neill, Erin Medina, Justy Brubaker Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sending our deepest sympathy, condolences, and love. Praying for the repose of the soul of Grandma. We also will be having Requiem masses said for Grandma. We love and miss you all!Love, Chad, Trisha, Alison, Aidan & Catherine Simpson

Love, Chad, Trisha, Alison, Aidan & Catherine Simpson Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

With heartfelt condolencesIn planting a tree, your mom & dad will live forever in your hearts ️Francis & Kathy Ruettiger

Francis & Kathy Ruettiger Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM