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Dr. James Gottemoller



STREATOR — Dr. James E. Gottemoller, 90, of Streator, passed away Tuesday, April 17, at his residence in Streator.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. The Rev. Father Raymond Guthrie will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator. The rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery, Streator.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Jonathan Gottemoller, Richie Powell, David Gottemoller, Andrew Gottemoller, Daniel Rowell, Joshua Rowell, and nephew, Michael Tomaso. Honorary pallbearers will be his sons, Paul, Jimmy, Joe and Mike Gottemoller. Third Degree members of Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council 790 will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Full military rites will be accorded by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.

Born April 9, 1928, in Chicago, he was the son of Victor Henry and Irene Ruth (McMillan) Gottemoller. He married Laura M. Utterback on Oct. 18, 1986. She survives in Streator.

He is also survived by daughters, Susan (Rich) Powell, of Broken Arrow, Okla., Julie Gottemoller-Mueller, of Orland Park, and Jeanne (Danny) Rowell, of Loves Park; sons, Paul (Paula) Gottemoller, of Princeville, Joe (Chris) Gottemoller, of Crystal Lake, Jimmy (Julie) Gottemoller, of Menomonie Falls, Wis., and Mike (Jeni) Gottemoller, of Sterling; 24 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Maribeth Tomaso, of Elk Grove Village; and a sister-in-law, Sophie Gottemoller, of Northeast, Md.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Vickie Gottemoller-Geiger; a brother, John Gottemoller; and a special aunt and uncle, Jim and Marie Tygard.

Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Gottemoller attended St. Robert Bellarmine Grade School and St. Mel High School. While in high school, he was involved with the ROTC. He attended Loyola University and majored in pre-medicine. He then attended Loyola Medical School, where he graduated cum laude. He served his internship at Cook County Hospital from 1949 to 1953.

He served his country in the United States Air Force for two years as a medical captain.

He came to Streator in 1956 with Dr. Powers. He worked for many years with Dr. Ricca as well. He practiced for a total of 43 years, retiring in 1999. 

He was a member of the former St. Anthony Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church. He was a third degree member of the Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council 790.

In 2010, Dr. Gottemoller was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from La Salle County Medical Society for his dedication to attending to the health care needs of the people of La Salle County and the state of Illinois.

He served St. Mary’s Hospital and the Streator community for many years as a family physician. He was the Chief of Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital 1967 to 1968 and 1983 to 1984. He was a member and past-president of the St. Mary’s Hospital medical staff, member and past president of La Salle County Medical Society, member and past president of Streator High School Board of Education, 1975 to 1985, and the founder of the Streator Medical Society High School Valedictorian Fund. He was also a diplomat for the American Board of Family Practice from 1972 to 1999. He served for many years on the St. Anthony school board.

Dr. Gottemoller loved woodworking and working with and building clocks. He repaired and worked on the clocks in the St. Anthony Church steeple many times through the years. He also loved flower gardening and especially roses. He and his wife, Laura, traveled a lot through the years, including a trip to Switzerland.

Memorials may be directed to St. Michael the Archangel Church or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Solon-Telford Funeral Home

301 S. Park St., Streator, IL 61364


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