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James J. Ruggerio: 1938-2018


OTTAWA — James J. Ruggerio, 80, of Ottawa, passed away peacefully with family by his side, Wednesday, Feb. 21.

A funeral ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Ottawa Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff J. Windy officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday prior to services at the funeral home.

Jim was born Jan. 18, 1938, in La Salle, to Dominic and Tomasina (Inchiappi) Ruggerio. He married Luanna DeSpain on Aug. 24, 1963, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ottawa.
James retired as a cement mason after 47 years of service. Jim was a devoted and loving husband and father who enjoyed his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife, Luanna; two children, Laurie Walter and Michelle (Jack) Hardy; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Walter, Christina Ruggerio, Nicholas Hardy and Rachel Hardy; and one great-grandson, Landon Hardy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronald Ruggerio.
Memorials may be directed to Queen of the Holy Rosary Memorial Shrine, 529 Fourth St., La Salle, IL 61301.
The online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at

Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory
1111 La Salle St., Ottawa, IL 61350

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