Tillie Rose Noon, 89, of Streator passed away Friday (November 18, 2016) at the Ottawa Pavilion.
A visitation will be held from 5-8 PM Tuesday at the Hagi Funeral Home with the Rosary recited at 7:45 PM by Father John Horton. Visitation will also be at Hagi one hour prior to departing for the funeral on Wednesday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM Wednesday at St. Michael the Archangel Church. Msgr. Philip Halfacre will officiate. Gift bearers will be her granddaughters. Pallbearers will be Gordy Noon, Gene Handzo, Gene Harcharik, Rob Shade, and two grandsons, Ryan and Chris.
Interment will be in St. Casimir’s Cemetery in Streator.
She was born September 13, 1927 in Streator to Albert & Katherine (Bednarczyk) Grzonka. She married Donald H. Noon on October 2, 1948 at St. Casimir’s Church. He preceded her in death on September 24, 2007.
She is survived by daughters: Donna Jean Noon of Hanover, Marilyn (Jerry) Decker of Streator and Kathleen (Brian) Washko of Schaumburg; sons: Donald Mark Noon of Streator, David (Joan) Noon of Dubuque, IA and John Noon of Dublin, Ireland; 6 grandchildren: Elizabeth Noon-Shade, Amber Noon, Brittany and Stephanie Washko, Ryan Noon and Christopher Washko; 4 great grandchildren: Evan Fredette, Matthew Noon-Seward and Spencer and Everly Shade; and a sister: Catherine Cherveny of Streator.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, Linda Kay Noon; 5 sisters: Ann Mietus, Mary O’Brokta, Nellie Harcharik, Rose Cameron and Antoinette Simko and two brothers: Stanley Grzonko and Joseph Grzonka.
She attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Streator Township High School. Tillie worked at Opdykes and then moved to Chicago where she worked for the US Treasury dept. in the steno pool and then the Bond Department during WWII. She moved back to Streator to help her mom and took an office position with Walter Seed Company. She then married the love of her life and stayed home to raise her children. After raising her family and her youngest graduating from high school, she went back to college at I.V.C.C. and went to work at Smith Douglas. She was an amazing accountant and did her own tax returns right up until the last year.
She had formerly been a member of St. Casimir’s Church and Immaculate Conception Parish and now belongs to St. Michael the Archangel Church.
She was an avid reader of newspapers, books and doing crossword puzzles. She loved take the weekly quizzes in the newspaper and testing her knowledge and of course always getting 100%. She knew all of the names of the Cabinet members of the various Presidencies. Tillie loved to travel and took her children camping and hiking all over the U.S. and planned every detail from routes, campsites, and sightseeing opportunities. Through her dedication she enriched her children’s appreciation for the beauty and history of our country.
She was an expert seamstress and made most of her children’s clothes. She would sketch models in clothing when reading the paper. She loved baseball and the Chicago Cubs and was able to watch them in ’45 and win the world series this year. Sunday dinner was her famous Fried Chicken and Roast Beef. She loved to bake and was always trying out new desserts. Her children loved being her guinea pigs. Tillie was famous for her homemade pies from handpicked cherry and apple trees and fresh strawberries out of her yard.
She loved her poodles and they proved to be true companions to her over the years. She enjoyed her four seasons and even loved to rake leaves and shovel snow. Tillie had a love of gardening and walking through her yard was like strolling through a beautiful botanical garden. Her backyard became a visiting place for family and friends where she loved to sit on the swing and visit.
Tillie was an amazing grandmother and enjoyed watching her grandchildren playing and growing up over the years. They brought her endless smiles and joy with their silly faces and the countless summers she had watching them splashing in “grandma’s” pool.
Following her husband’s retirement Tillie really enjoyed taking trips throughout the US and Europe. This was a special time she enjoyed with Don and reconnected with old schoolmates and made new friends along the way.
Tillie instilled in her family hard work, love of family, strong ethics, morals and always believed in her children even when they faltered and helped guide them through the twists and turns of life. She will truly be missed by all.
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Easter Seals.
Online condolences may be shared and a video tribute watched at http://www.hagifuneralhome.com