Celebrating the life of Raymond Miklavcic
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Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 25th, at St. Mary’s Church in Utica, with Msgr. James Swaner officiating. Burial to follow in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in LaSalle.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 24th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Burgess Funeral Home in LaSalle, with a rosary being recited at 7:00 pm by the Knights of Columbus Calvert Council 792. Additional visitation will be on Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 am in St. Mary’s Church in Utica. Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will participate in the visitation. Full military rites will be conducted by the LaSalle/Oglesby Veterans Memorial Group.
Ray was born on October 5, 1927 in LaSalle to Joseph and Mary (Pirc) Miklavcic. He married Dolores Repka on September 15, 1951 in St. Joseph’s Church in LaSalle. Employed by Union Carbide for 29 years, and then American Nickeloid until retirement, Ray was also a caterer in the area for 20 years.
Ray was a former member of Resurrection Church, its Holy Name Society, and Bingo Group. He was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Calvert Council 792 in LaSalle, and a Fourth Degree Knight of Starved Rock Council. He was a Cursillo member, a member of Catholic War Vets 1229 – Thomas Larkin Post, a member of American Legion in Oglesby, and a 60-year member of the Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ) Lodge. Ray served on the Planning Commission in LaSalle for 35 years under 6 different mayors. He was a Red Cross First Aid instructor and Share Foods driver. Ray was named an honorary Girl Scout the same year as John F. Kennedy
Ray served in the Navy during World War II with the amphibious fleet in the Pacific.
He is survived by: one daughter, Sue (Dr. Terry) Brady of Dunlap; two granddaughters – Courtney (Ted) Ralph of Champaign, and Caitlin Brady of Peoria; one great-grandson, Dean Brady; one sister, Dorothy (Sam) Scacciferro of LaSalle; one brother, Edward (Lois) Miklavcic of Wisconsin; one brother-in-law, George Essl, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife in November of 1983; six sisters – Mary Wallagora, Ann Serri, Tillie Padawan, Josephine Spayer, Louise Moellering, and Toni Essl; and three brothers – Joseph, Pete, and Hank Miklavcic.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family, to be given to his favorite charities, St. Mary’s Church and Horizon House.
Online condolences may be viewed and expressed at www.burgessfh.com
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