Dorothy Kathryne Welch, 88, of Coal City, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Born Oct. 23, 1925, in Coal City, Dorothy was a daughter of the late John and Kate Marie Darin-Baudino. She was raised in Coal City and graduated with the Coal City High School, Class of 1943. On April 15, 1951, Dorothy married John Edward Welch, and he preceded her on Oct. 18, 1978. She retired from Uniroyal after 26 years of service.
Dorothy was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Coal City and the Coal City Seniors. She enjoyed playing cards and reading. Dorothy took pleasure in watching the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears, but will most be remembered as a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. She was the center of the family activities, and her greatest love was her family. Dorothy truly cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, Mike (Sherrie) Welch of Bloomingdale, Ill.,; two daughters, Lynda (Dale) Christensen and Teri “Boo” (Dave) Franciskovich of Coal City; grandchildren, Todd (Megan) Welch, Mackenzie (Pasquale) Gapastione, Bryan (Tracy) Perino, Becky (Nick) Barrett, Nicole (Jay) Lusson, Eric (Briana) Franciskovich, Kris (John) Zebell, Susan (Joe) Christensen and Joe Christensen; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Jack (Marijayne) Baudino; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, LaVerne Baudino, Steve and Jane Welch, Roni and Jerry Muhich and Josephine Welch; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John (1978); grandson, David Christensen; great-grandson, Gavin Ulivi; brother, Peter Baudino; and sister, Connie Frye.
The visitation and video tribute will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Assumption Catholic Church, 245 S. Kankakee St. in Coal City. The Rev. Ed Howe, CR, will officiate. Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Perino, Todd Welch, Eric Franciskovich, Nick Barrett, Jay Lusson, Pasquale Gapastione and Kain Ulivi. Honorary pallbearers will be Becky Barrett, Nicole Lusson, Mackenzie Gapastione, Kris Zebell and Susan Christensen.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Dorothy’s memory to the Unit 1 Educational Foundation, PO Box 177, Coal City, IL 60416, or Angels of Hope, Inc., 1043 Ferrari Drive, Coal City, IL 60416.
Friends may sign the online guest book 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; 815-634-2125.