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Geraldine Vicini: 1932-2017

Geraldine Vicini
Geraldine Vicini

PERU — Geraldine (Marchesi) “Gerry” Vicini, 85, of Peru, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine in La Salle with the Very Reverend Paul Carlson, pastor of La Salle Catholic parishes, officiating, and Rev. Gregory Jarzombek, OSB, concelebrating. Burial will follow in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in La Salle. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in La Salle with recital of the rosary at 3:45 p.m. Additional visitation will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Mrs. Vicini was born April 29, 1932, in Spring Valley to Joseph and Helen (Guerrini) Marchesi. She married Fred J. Vicini Jr. on Aug. 28, 1954, at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in La Salle. He passed away June 28, 1969.  

She graduated from L-P Township High School in 1950 and graduated from Rosary College (Dominican University) in River Forest, Ill., in 1954. She taught at St. Patrick’s Grade School in La Salle and then was a teacher at Peru Washington Junior High School until retirement. 
She was a former member of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in La Salle and the churches altar and rosary society and was a current member of St. Joseph’s Church in Peru. She was also a member of Illinois Valley Review Book Club, La Salle County Retired Teachers Association and the IEA/NEA.
Gerry was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan all of her life.
She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Steve) Parker, of La Salle, Beth (Kurt) Kimes, of Ottawa, and Michael (Jacque) J. Vicini, of Minooka; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Trey) Evans, Samantha (Gene) Foster, Kallie Parker, Joseph (Mackenzie) Kimes, Katie (Cody) Lettau, Mark Chellino, Todd Chellino, Jessica Vicini and Nathan Vicini; four great-grandchildren, Bryce and Brynn Foster and Kashton Evans and Zuzu Evans; one sister, Janice Marchesi of La Salle; and two sisters-in-law, Lois Drackley, of Ottawa, and Judi (Jim) McCarrens, of Ottawa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; and one brother, Louis Marchesi.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Joseph and Helen Marchesi Scholarship Fund for Illinois Valley Community College, Illinois Spina Bifida Association or the donor’s choice.
The online guest book may be viewed and memories shared at
Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home
609 Eighth St., La Salle, IL 61301

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