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Arleen Fitzpatrick (nee Rinas), age 87, of Saugany Lake at Rolling Prairie, IN, formerly of Kankakee, Oak Park, and Chicago, IL, died peacefully Saturday, June 19, 2021.She was born May 9, 1934 in Chicago, IL, the only child born to Edmund and Lillian Rinas. She married her beloved husband, Thomas F. Fitzpatrick on November 29,1952 in Chicago. After 63 years of marriage, he preceded her in death on January 24, 2016. Arleen is survived by her loving children; Beth (Lou) Bednarek, Brian (Sandi) Fitzpatrick, Bruce (Mary) Fitzpatrick, Robert “Bob” Fitzpatrick, Lillian (Jim) Rung-Fitzpatrick, and Lisa (Paul) Chidichimo; Devoted grandmother of John Fitzpatrick, Ted Fitzpatrick, Scott (Colleen) Fitzpatrick, Todd (Samantha) Fitzpatrick, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Christopher (Jackie) Fitzpatrick, Lilli Fitzpatrick, Erin (Perry) McNeil, Benjamin (Chelsea) Fitzpatrick, Karley (Jeremy) Morris, Kyle (Jamie) Rung, Lori Chidichimo and Ken Chidichimo; and Cherished great- grandmother of 15. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her oldest son, William T. Fitzpatrick, her daughter-in-law, Patricia Roll- Fitzpatrick, and her parents.
Arleen was a loving mother, businesswoman, and advocate for the community. She obtained her funeral director license early in her marriage to assist her husband, Thomas. In late 1968 they established Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors Funeral Home in Kankakee, Illinois. While building the business, she held several positions in the Kankakee Community including Purchasing Director at St. Mary’s Hospital and Kankakee City Clerk. She later went to work for the Kankakee Community Development Administration, Good Shepherd Manor in Momence, Illinois and the PNC Bank in LaPorte, Indiana. Arleen was an active member of several organizations including YMCA, ZONTA, CCW for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kankakee, IL and St. John Kanty Catholic Church in Rolling Prairie, IN along with being a long-term board member of the Saugany Lake Beech Villa Property Owners Association. She was an active member of several bridge clubs.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 23rd, 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, 295 Main Street NW, Bourbonnais, IL. A rosary service will be conducted at 7:00 PM.
Family and friends will gather Thursday, June 24th, from 10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon (Eastern time) (9:00 – 11:00 AM Central time) at Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan. A Funeral Mass will follow 11:30 AM (Central time) at Saint John Kanty Catholic Church, 7012 North 600 East, Rolling Prairie, Indiana. Arleen will be laid to rest in Rolling Prairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Arleen’s memory to Good Shepherd Manor, P.O. Box 260, Momence, IL 60954, would be appreciated. Please sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence message at www.midwestmortuary.com. Info. (708) 478-3546 or (815) 932-1214.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
3:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home
Thursday, June 24, 2021
9:00 - 11:00am (Central time)
Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Starts at 11:30am (Central time)
St. John Kanty Catholic Church
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