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Mary Macaluso

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 9:00 a.m. CST

COAL CITY, Ill. — Mrs. Mary (Korelc) Macaluso, 98, of Coal City, Ill., passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, at Heritage Health in Dwight, Ill.

Born March 16, 1915, in Carbon Hill, Ill., Mary was a daughter of the late Martin and Anna Smreker-Korelc. She was raised in Carbon Hill and, on Nov. 1, 1941, Mary married Joseph A. “Pep” Macaluso in Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City.

Mary was a member of the Slovenian Society, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and owned and operated Pep’s Home Liquor Store from 1961 to 1980. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and quilting.

Survivors include her son, Joseph (Jean) Macaluso, and daughter, Mary Jo (Steve) Monroe, both of Coal City; seven grandchildren, Chad (Mary) Macaluso, Jolene (Jim) Giaudrone, Renee Macaluso and Robert Schmitt Jr. (Michelle Hanley), all of Coal City, Jeffrey (Sarah) Schmitt of Indiana, Brad (Gina) Schmitt of Willow Springs, Ill., and Stephanie Monroe (fiancé Matthew Schultz) of Nebraska; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one brother, Ed Korelc of Marissa, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and seven brothers and sisters, Ann Perry, Martin Korelc, Francis Berta, Ursula Hazelton, John Korelc, Melvin Korelc and Jen Olden.

Visitation and video tribute will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 South Kankakee St., Coal City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, with the very Rev. Joseph Tapella and the Rev. Robert Noesen officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.

Pallbearers will be Chad Macaluso, Robert Schmitt Jr., Jeffrey Schmitt, Brad Schmitt, Matthew Schultz and Justin Giaudrone.

Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Assumption Building Fund or for Masses in Mary's memory.

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

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