Claudia Grizzi Coveny

Age 69, of Minooka, IL passed from this life Monday, January 23, 2023, at Lightways Hospice Home of Joliet.  She was born July 27, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois where she was raised and educated.  Claudia earned both a Master and a Bachelor degree from Governors State University and majored in Musical Theatre at DePaul University.  She spent her younger years doing musical theatre in Chicago and then moved to Joliet to raise a family. 

Most precious, adored and wonderful mama to Giana (Jeff Lyon) Giermala, Matt (Jenny) Giermala and Bryan (Diana) Coveny; proud and ever so loving grandma of Lucas Giermala, and Natalie, Nicholas and Noelle Coveny.  Survived by her sister, Marguerite Grizzi, mother-in-law, Bev Coveny, numerous nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Michael Coveny and her mother, Justine Grizzi.

Claudia was an active member of First Assembly of God Church in Joliet where she directed and acted in musicals, plays, and led and participated in music ministry.  She taught early education at Kids’ Connection for 25 years and was also an adjunct faculty member in Communications at Joliet Junior College for 17 years, retiring in 2017.  Claudia and Mike volunteered at Royal Family Kids Camp for Southwest Community Church for five years.  Likewise, she was a volunteer at Joliet Community Hospice (Lightways) for five years.

Most important to Claudia was her love for The Lord and teaching people about His faithfulness to her.  Her whole world revolved around her children; they were the light of her life. 

A memorial service for Claudia will be held Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 12pm at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home - 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.) in Joliet.  Visitation will follow the services Sunday afternoon from 1 – 4 p.m.

As it was Claudia’s wish, cremation rites have been accorded and her final earthly remains will be interred at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name can be made to Be the Match or Lightways Hospice.  Another way to honor Claudia is to consider giving blood.

For more information please call (815) 741-5500 or visit her memorial tribute where you can share a favorite memory or leave a condolence.