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Barbara E. Govednik (née Putrich)

Born November 4, 1931

Died November 12, 2022

Barbara E. Govednik (née Putrich) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her daughters.

Born in Chicago, Barbara grew up in Joliet, and raised her family in Romeoville with her loving husband, the late Joseph “Lefty” Govednik.

She worked many years for the Diocese of Joliet. Barb was proud of her Croatian heritage.

She is survived by her children; devoted daughter Nancy J. Govednik, Karen M. (late Richard) Nelson, Janice (Mark) Williams and Barbara (Thomas Wolf) Govednik; grandsons, Zachariah and Nathan Willett; sister, Joan (late Louis) Zbacnik; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Rutherford as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their children.

Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Catherine (née Jandric) Putrich; husband Joseph (Lefty) Govednik; brother, James Putrich and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The family wishes to thank the Lightways Hospice home care staff for their professionalism and loving care they gave to our mother.

A private family service will be held in Barb’s honor at a later date and she will be laid to rest beside her husband Joseph in St. Mary Nativity Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book by logging onto: www.PleseFuneralservices.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 worked with Barbara in the Office of Divine Worship in the Diocese of Joliet. Barbara was wonderful to work with, she was so generous with her time and would never say 'no' to anything we asked her to do. Her heart was filled with the love and patience that God gave her. I know she is with her God enjoying the blessedness of eternal life because her life was lived witnessing to her God through everything she did especially for us at the Diocese. Rest in peace, Barbara, your reward is great in heaven.
Sister Sharon Marie Stola, OSB

Sharon M. Stola Nov 19 2022 1:05 PM