GILBERT A. SASEK
ALTON - Gilbert A. "Gil" Sasek, 87, former President of Rantoul First Bank, died peacefully on Monday, July 7, 2014.
Gil was born March 10, 1927, in Alton, Ill., to Frank and Gertrude Sasek and lived there for the first half of his life, except for military service and his college years.
Gil graduated from Marquette High School in Alton, during World War II and joined the Army in 1944, at age 17. While in the service, he attended the University of Illinois. After he was released from the army Gil graduated from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa in 1952.
After college, Gil returned to Alton, Ill., where he met his future wife Marie Proia. They married in 1958, and their union produced four children and five grandchildren. The term family man seemed to be created with Gil in mind. He was a devoted husband and father. The greatest joy of his later years was spending time with his grandchildren.
Gil worked in the banking industry with Rantoul First Bank for most of his career, retiring at the age of 75. He once described working at the bank as a labor of love.
Gil was a religious man. Marie and Gil often attended mass daily, and Gil continued to serve as an Altar Boy at mass into his adult years. Gil also served as a lector and supported his parishes in countless other ways. He was also involved in Service clubs such as Rotary and Moose International.
Survivors include two sons, John of Savoy, Ill., Thomas of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Christina Gallagher and Mary Joyce of Naperville, Ill.; three grandsons, Patrick Gallagher, Connor and Rory Joyce; two granddaughters, Madeline and Alexandra Joyce; his brother, Edwin and his sisters, Geraldine and Gertrude.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Gertrude Sasek and his sister, Joneita Merkle.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at Saints Peter & Paul Church, 36 N Ellsworth, Naperville, followed by a Burial Service with military honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W Hoff Rd., Elwood, Ill.
Arrangements were handled by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. For further information, please call 630-897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com.