Rita Papesh

Obituary of Rita Papesh

Rita D. Papesh

(nee Beneventi)

Age 77, of Seneca, IL and formerly Joliet, IL, passed peacefully at home, with family at her side, Thursday morning, March 9, 2017.

She was born March 24, 1939 to the late Elsie and Liberio Beneventi in Joliet where she was raised and educated.

Beloved mother of Donald (Dawn) Papesh of Joliet, IL and Deanna (Jeff) Berg of Seneca, IL; loving and devoted grandmother of Erik (Amy) Papesh, Elizabeth Papesh, Samantha (Justin) Hackman, Kaylene (Tim) Hackman, Jessica (Brad) Hackman; Jason (Christie) Berg, Myles (Janelle) Berg and Jalea (Cody) DeGrush; proud great-grandmother of 11 with another due in the Spring; dear sister of Elsie "Dolly" (Bob) Sticken and sister-in-law of Patsy Beneventi; fond aunt of many nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

Preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Mary (late Joe "Lefty") Matis, Barbara "Arkie" Beneventi, Esther (late John) Greenham and John Beneventi.

Rita was employed for several years at Joliet Township High School (West Campus) as an Assistant Chef in the cafeteria. She was an avid fan of all Chicago Sports teams, especially the Bears, but will be most remembered for her devotion to her family and friends and expressing her love through sharing wonderful meals with her loved ones. She was a devout Christian who loved the Lord and shared her faith with all.

As it was Rita's wish, her remains have been transferred to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois to further medical research. All friends and relatives are invited to gather on Sunday March 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate her life at Fox River Lutheran Church, 2785 E. U.S. Rt. 52, Sheridan, IL 60551. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name can be made to the Morning Star Mission or Joliet Area Community Hospice. For further information, please call (815) 942-5040 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com