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Catherine Dolores (Anzelc) Emery

May 2, 1932 — February 24, 2022

Catherine Dolores Bernice Anzelc Emery, age 89, passed away gracefully on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

Born May 2, 1932 in Rockdale, IL, a resident of Wheaton, IL for 20 years and of Lemont, IL for the last 40 years.

Catherine is survived by her two loving children: Robert (Lynne) Emery and Diane Emery; loving grandchildren: J Ryan Emery and Tyler Anne M Emery; sister: Theresa (the late Peter) Papesh, and godson: Paul Laschiazza. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband: John William (“Jack”) to whom she was married for 61 years; parents: Anton and Anna (nee Gersich) Anzelc; siblings: Anton (Susan) Anzelc, Mary (Martin) Kambic, Anna (Ed) Montgomery, Joseph (Bertha) Sterle, Johanna (John) Gorc, Frances (Matthew) Senffner, John Sterle, Matilda (Steve) Tadey, William (Catherine) Anzelc, John (Mary) Anzelc, Elizabeth (John Burkhardt)(Francis Corp) and Charles (Evelyn) Anzelc.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to the following:

Dementia Society of America, a volunteer driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that earned GuideStar’s 2021 highest Platinum ranking in recognition of its financial transparency. It’s programs bring much-needed education, local resources, and life-enrichment to individuals, families, and caregivers impacted by Dementia in North America. See for more information or to contribute online.

St. Joseph Catholic Church, located at the north end of Joliet’s City Center established in 1891 to serve the growing community of Slovenian immigrants who had settled in the town. More information can be found at and includes a button to donate on-line.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monday, March 28th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Catherine’s cremains will be interred with her husband John William at Mount Vernon Cemetery at a future date.

The family is grateful for your thoughts and prayers for Catherine - may she rest peacefully.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Catherine Dolores (Anzelc) Emery, please visit our flower store.

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Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, March 28, 2022

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