Madonna Churchill

Obituary of Madonna R. Churchill

Madonna R. Churchill, passed away peacefully at the age of 80, on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at her home in Joliet, surrounded by the love of her family.  Donna was born on December 17, 1943, the daughter of the late Leon and Mary (Barry) Churchill.  She was born and raised in Joliet, IL and was a graduate of St. Frances Academy. She was a parishioner of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus.    Donna was employed by the City of Joliet, serving for 31 dedicated years.  She began her employment on January 3, 1978 as Deputy City Clerk and retired December 1, 2009 as Executive Secretary to the City Manager.   


Donna is survived by her grandchildren, Taylor, Jordyn, and Carter; great-grandchildren, Oakley and Jaxsyn; partner, Stewart Ferreira; sister-in-law, Robin Churchill; her loving caregiver, Arlene Hernando; and numerous cousins and friends.   


She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Melissa Churchill; and her brother, David Churchill.   


Visitation for Madonna R. Churchill will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL.  Funeral Services will be held at 9:15 a.m., on Monday, January 22, 2024, from the funeral home to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, 604 N. Raynor Ave. Joliet, IL, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.  As it was her request, cremation rites will be accorded following mass. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.    


For more information, please call the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.



2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 21, 2024
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Monday, January 22, 2024
Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus
604 N. Raynor Avenue
Joliet, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.