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Verna M. Rawlish

Published: Monday, April 9, 2012 8:50 a.m. CDT

Mrs. Verna M. Rawlish, 93, of Coal City, passed away Saturday morning, April 7, 2012, at Walnut Grove Village in Morris.

Born Nov. 29, 1918, in Carbon Hill, Verna was a daughter of the late John and Margaret Rolando-Enrietta. She was raised and educated in Carbon Hill, and graduated from Coal City High School with the class of 1936.

On June 3, 1939, Verna married Michael Rawlish at Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City. Together, they lived their entire married life in Coal City. After high school, Verna worked for Granerts as a seamstress.

She was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. She will be remembered for her enjoyment of sewing, crocheting, reading and watching sports.

Survivors include her son, Jerry (Anita) Rawlish of Elmhurst, Ill.; two grandchildren, Christina (Patrick) Wallace of Downers Grove, Ill., and Tricia (Kevin) Teske of Oak Creek, Wis.; four great-grandchildren, Kelly Wallace, Colleen Wallace, Michael Teske and Gianna Teske; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy (the late John) Enrietta of Morris; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Michael, on Aug. 23, 1995; one son, Francis Joseph in infancy; four sisters, Mary (Clarence) Owens, Genevieve (John) Hakey, Evelyn (Larry) Faletti and Elsie (Frank) Groff; and two brothers, John Enrietta and Louis (Delphine) Enrietta.

Visitation and video tribute will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday April 10, 2012, at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113) in Coal City.

Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 South Kankakee St., in Coal City, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Reverend Brian Shepley will officiate.

Burial will be at Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Enrietta, Mark Enrietta, Eugene Smyk, Patrick Wallace, Kevin Teske and Robert Novak. Robert Durando will act as an honorary pallbearer.

Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Verna’s memory to the Assumption Building Fund.

Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. For more information, call (815) 634-2125.

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