William Colonna

Obituary of William Colonna

William Colonna

Age 87, of Crest Hill, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home, with his loving family by his side.

Born May 26, 1929 in Joliet, he was a graduate of Lockport Township High School. He served with the United States Army during the Korean War and was selected to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC on September 7, 2016.

Bill worked as an electrician at US Steel Mill, Argonne National Laboratory, DeFranco Electric, and retired from the Illinois Youth Center.

He was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Crest Hill, and donated his time generously to the church. A lifetime member of Cantigny VFW Post #367 and member of the Loyal Order of Moose, he was currently a Trustee of the Senior Citizen Association, and Lodge Membership Chair for KSKJ #29. He was a former member and Past President of the Chaney-Monge School Board, the St. Anne Council, and the St. Anne Credit Union where he was a former member of the Board of Directors.

Bill's hobbies were working and helping others.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 62 years, Lorraine (nee Govednik) Colonna of Crest Hill; three children, William M. Colonna of Crest Hill, Sheryl Long of Germantown, TN, and David J. (Caroline) Colonna of Dacula, GA; five grandchildren, Adam and Matthew Long, Staci (Ryan) Heine, and Alexander (McKenzie, fiancee)and Nicholas Colonna; and several nieces, nephews and Godchildren.

He was preceded by his parents, Massimo and Mary (nee Caruso) Colonna; and three sisters, Edna (Joseph) Stukel, Susan (Joseph) Chaloka, and Muffy (Victor) Tomac.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Waszak and Dr. Daniele Degirolami for their care, and especially his Godson, Joseph Chaloka, who helped with his care giving.

Funeral services for William Colonna will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet, to St. Anne Catholic Church, Crest Hill, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded under the auspices of the United States Army. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Honor Flight Chicago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or Joliet Area Community Hospice would be appreciated. Visitation will be held Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. For more information, please call (815) 741-5500, or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com