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Peter D. Ruffatti

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:49 a.m. CDT

Mr. Peter D. Ruffatti, 89, of Coal City, and formerly Gardner, passed away Saturday evening, June 8, 2013, at RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill.

Born Aug. 16, 1923 in Coal City, Peter was a son of the late Domenic Peter and Minnie Reano-Ruffatti. He was raised in Coal City and graduated from Coal City High School with the class of 1941. On Jan. 31, 1948, Peter married Margaret Christensen at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morris.

Peter farmed his entire life in the Gardner and Coal City area, and also held employment with Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet. He also worked for the Coal City strip mines for various years during the winter months. He was the past president of Mazon Mutual Insurance, and held his insurance license for more than 30 years.

Peter was a former member of Saint Lawrence Catholic Church in South Wilmington, and currently belonged to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Coal City. He was a member of both the South Wilmington Fireman's Club and Coal City Area Club, former member of the Knights of Columbus Braidwood Council, former member and past officer of the South Wilmington Men's Club at Saint Lawrence Parish, belonged to the Wilmington Island Squares for more than 20 years and served numerous years with Goodfarm School Board.

Peter enjoyed gardening, dancing and working on equipment. He will also be remembered for his love of playing cards, baseball and ping pong, as well as spending time with his dear wife and family.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years, Margaret; three children, Sharon (Frank) Catania of Naperville, Douglas (Karen) Ruffatti of Gardner and Linda (Randal) Teske of Rockford; daughter-in-law, Sharon Ruffatti of Joliet; 11 grandchildren, Julie Ruffatti, Ryan Ruffatti, Michael Catania, Steven Catania, Christine Ruffatti, Michelle Ruffatti, Michael Ruffatti, Nathan Ruffatti, Kari Teske, Kelly Teske and Meghan Teske; one sister, Irene (Perry) Tanner of Harvey; one brother, Raymond (Carol) Ruffatti of Bradenton, Fla.; three sisters-in-law, Betty Smith of Morris, Patricia Townsend of Dwight and Evelyn Roost of Madison, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Lawrence Christensen of Highland, Ind., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Peter was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert, who died in 2006; one sister, Catherine (James) Ferrari; one brother in infancy; one sister-in-law, Helen Foss; and three brothers-in-law, Maurice Christensen, Raymond Christensen and Edward Christensen.

Visitation and video tribute will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday June 12, 2013 at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, June 13 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 South Kankakee Street in Coal City. Rev. Robert Noesen, pastor of Assumption Parish, and Peter's nephew Reverend Richard Smith will officiate.

Burial will be at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Braidwood.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Peter's memory to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital or to a charity of the donor's choosing.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com.

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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