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Lavern ‘Vern’ Stemke

February 7, 2018 GMT

Lavern “Vern” F. Stemke, 97, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2018) at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.

Born June 27, 1920, on a farm near Danforth, he was the son of John and Fannie (nee Wallace) Stemke. His parents preceded him in death.

He was employed by Armour and Company in Chicago, and later joined Commonwealth Edison (formerly Public Service Company of Northern Illinois) from where he retired after 41 years of service. Vern was a four-year U.S. Army veteran, serving in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, and received the Bronze Star medal for activity during the Battle of the Bulge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred (Gladys) Stemke and Lyle (Charlene) Stemke; sisters, Donna (Don) Rolph, Dorothy (Roland) Savoie and Dolores Stemke.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte; and sister, Lorraine (husband was the late James) Marr; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet. Funeral services will be at 10:15 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, 604 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet, where a Mass of christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Enshrinement will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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