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BERNIECE H. RAKOWSKI

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BERNIECE H. RAKOWSKI Obituary
Berniece H. Rakowski of Burlington Berniece H. Rakowski, 91, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Apostolic Christian Resthaven in Elgin. She was born May 19, 1919, in Elgin, the daughter of Bernard and Odelia (nee Seyller) Sester. Berniece was a 1937 graduate of Burlington High School. She married James W. Rakowski Sr. on Feb. 27, 1943, at the Santa Ana Army Base near Los Angeles. After the war, they made their home in Burlington for over 62 years. Berniece was devoted to her family, known for being a great cook and talented in ceramics. She was a longtime member of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Hampshire. Surviving are her six children, James Jr. (Donna) of Byron, the Rev. Joy Baumgartner of Lansing, Mich., Randall (Sharon) of Elgin, Janice (Larry) Herrmann and Ronald (Cindy), both of Hampshire, and Diane Zimmerman of Oak Park; her sister, Jeanette Raymond of Sycamore; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim on July 18, 2007; two brothers, Walter and Earl Sester; and a sister, Lucille Fox. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 297 E. Jefferson St., Hampshire, with Fr. Joseph Nicolosi officiating. Burial will be in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Fredrick Funeral Home, 284 Park St., Hampshire. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Capital Campaign for St. Charles Borromeo Church. For information, call 847-683-2711.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from May 9 to May 10, 2011
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