Jeanne Nalewajka 95, of Glenridge, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 22, 2021 at her son's home in Carlyle. She was born on August 21,1925 ,the daughter of Clarence and May (O'Brien) Ross in Tillamook, Oregon. She married the love of her life, Leo Nalewajka on July 11,1946 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Sandoval and he preceded her in death on April 25, 2006.
Survivors that admired Jeanne's generous heart include her beloved family, daughter Nancy (David) Berry of Centralia; son Jack (Anna) Nalewajka of Braidwood, Il. and James (Brigid) Nalewajka of Carlyle; grandchildren Chris (Michelle) Berry; Danny Berry and special friend Sarah Guy, and Adam Blankenship; foster grandchildren Jason Davis, Westley Clements, and Ricky Wilson; great-grandchildren Leo and Andrew Berry; sister-in-law Liz Rainsbury-Kirk and special friends Barb Rohner and Shirley Brady along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Leo Nalewajka, she was preceded in death by both her parents, Clarence and May Ross; father and mother-in law Boleslaw and Frances Nalewajka; sister Marjorie Rychen; brothers Jack Ross, Walter Ross; and stepbrother, Ron Rainsbury; sisters-in-law Alice Ross, Georgia Ross, Mary Hudzik, Millie Nalewajka, Betty Nalewajka, and Frances Nalewajka; brothers-in-law, John Rychen, Frank Nalewajka, Henry Nalewajka, Ervin Nalewajka, and Stanley Hudzik.
Jeanne was a beautiful example of love and compassion for everyone. She was proud to care for her family and her home making sure to provide a safe, comfortable space for family and friends. She was a faithful member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Sandoval where she volunteered her time at the church. She loved taking care of the linens and serving as past president of the Altar Sodality. Jeanne grew amazing flower gardens, and everyone marveled at her ability to grow such beauties. She loved the way authors could spin a page-turning story and was an avid reader of romance novels. She found peace behind the sewing machine and made many of her own clothes. Jeanne was the rock of her family and would do anything in her power to make each one's life a little better. Jeanne will be deeply missed and her kindness and passion for her family and willingness to be a blessing to others will not be forgotten.
Day Macz Funeral home in Sandoval is privileged to be of assistance to the family of Jeanne Nalewajka with arrangements. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on April 9, 2021 at 10:00am at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Sandoval with Father Steven Pautler, Fr. Chuck Tuttle and Fr. Jim Buerster officiating. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence cemetery in Sandoval. A celebration of life fellowship dinner will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jeanne 's honor to St. Lawrence Catholic Church and/or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
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