VIRDEN, IL – Lawrence J. Ellena, 85, passed away at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 at his home.
Lawrence was born April 16, 1928, in Auburn, Ill., a son of John and Louise (Artuso) Ellena. He was a WW II U.S. Army Air Forces veteran, a member of Sacred Heart Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus # 2321, Virden, Ill., American Legion Post # 386, Virden, Ill., and retired from Franklin Life Insurance Company where he worked as a Telecommunications Director. He married Cecilia Smith June 20, 1953, in Virden, Ill.
Surviving Lawrence are his son, Dr. John T. Ellena of Clayton, Mo.; his daughter, Diane L. (Matthew) Dodd of Auburn, Ill.; grandchildren: Brian and Stephanie Garrison and Chris and Eric Dodd. Preceding Lawrence in death were his wife, Cecilia Ellena; a daughter, Linda Garrison; and a sister, Minnie Coates.
Visitation will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden with a funeral mass at Noon Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Virden. Monsignor Thomas Holinga will be officiating with burial in Virden Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Prairieland Ambulance or to the Virden Fire Department or toward masses at Sacred Heart Church to be said in Lawrence's name.
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