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Joan M. (Valek) Little

April 6, 1939 ~ September 16, 2020 (age 81)

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Joan M. Little (nee Valek), age 81, entered eternal life on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 with her loving family by her side

Joan is survived by her loving children, Bruce (Barbara), Randall (Charlene), Laurie (Dan) Byrne, and Kimberly (Michael) Stevens; cherished grandchildren, Jennifer Little, Christina (Kent) Arellano, Emily (Matt) Klope, Christopher Byrne, Sarah (Paul) Duquette, Matthew Byrne, Jessica and Cody Winterstein; dearest great-grandchildren, Cadynce, Kent Jr., Caylee and Kaitlyn; dear brother, Anthony (Dolores) Valek; dear sister, Dolores (the late Richard) Regganie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Bruce J. Little (2014); her parents, Anthony and Anna (nee Jantolak) Valek; sister, Lillian (Ted) Juricic; brothers-in-law, Richard Regganie and Ronald (Edith) Little.

Joan was a graduate of Providence Catholic High School. She was a parishioner of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Crest Hill. Joan enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling and most of all spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s name to Joliet Area Community Hospice or to the University of Chicago Cancer Center (https://giving.uchicago.edu/site/Donation2?df_id=1818&mfc_pref=T&1818.donation=form1&set.Designee=1118&s_src=QNRGA) would be appreciated. 

A celebration of Joan’s life will begin on Saturday, September 19, 2020 with a visitation at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Rd, Joliet, IL 60435 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. then driving in procession to St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Crest Hill for a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 11:30 a.m. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, maximum occupancy at the funeral home and church is 50 guests. Face masks required. If you are planning on attending the funeral mass please RSVP by calling Tezak Funeral Home (815-722-0524). The name and phone number of all in attendance is a requirement of St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

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September 19, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, Illinois 60435

Mass of Christian Burial
September 19, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Ambrose Catholic Church
1711 Burry Circle
Crest Hill, IL 60403

September 19, 2020

Resurrection Cemetery
200 W Romeo Road
Romeoville, IL 60446

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