World War II Veteran

Joseph J. Limacher, Age 92. Deceased, January 12, 2013. Joe died peacefully after a brief illness at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Born December 18, 1920 in Joliet, IL, he graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1938, Joliet Junior College in 1941, Northwestern University Midshipman School in 1943, Loyola University with a BA in Business Administration in 1947, and Northern Illinois University with Masters in Educational Administration in 1969. He served as a lieutenant with the US Navy and saw action in Anzio, Southern France and Iwo Jima during World War II. He returned to Joliet in 1945 and married his sweetheart, Shirley on August 4, 1945. After college, he worked as an accountant with Texaco and then transitioned to elementary school teacher and principal in Custer Park, New Lenox and Bourbonnais, IL. His "retirement" job was serving as a letter carrier with the US postal service in Joliet. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Joliet, IL, the Senior Citizens Association, and Cantigny Post 367 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He moved to Gainesville, FL recently to be near his daughter and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his deeply missed, beloved wife of 56 years, Shirley A. Limacher (nee Smith) in 2001 and by his parents, Frank J. and Celia E (Wilhelmi) Limacher and sisters Alma and Ruth.

He is survived by two sons, Richard J. (Beth) of Matteson, IL and Michael J. of Bloomington, IL and one daughter, Dr. Marian Limacher (Dr. Timothy Flynn) of Gainesville, FL. He was the loving grandfather of Mary Katherine and Brian Patrick Flynn.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 5:30 pm in St. Augustine's Church, 1738 West University, with Fr. David Ruchinski as celebrant. Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME, 404 North Main Street.




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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013