Bessie L. Katich, 97, of Gillespie, IL, died at Heritage Health of Gillespie, IL on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:15 am. She was born January 3, 1922, in New Douglas, IL to William Nitz & Edna (Kelly) Nitz. She married John J. Katich on September 20, 1941 in Wilsonville, IL. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2001. She was a homemaker. Bessie was a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid. She is survived by her sons, Richard (Renee) Katich of Gillespie, IL, Roger (Bev) Katich of Gillespie, IL, grandchildren, Elise (David) Schwartz of Carlinville, IL, Jennifer (Chris) Hailstone of Gillespie, IL, Scott (Nikki) Katich of Gillespie, IL, Daniel (Kate) Katich of Batavia, IL, step grandchildren, Kevin (Therese) Polo of Gillespie, IL, Keith Polo of Italy, Kristine (Anthony) Jarden of Bunker Hill, IL, 16 great grandchildren, brother, Bill Nitz of East Alton, IL and sister, Irene Elliston of Charlotte, MI. Bessie was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, brothers, Clarence Nitz, John Nitz, Delmar Nitz, sisters, Jesse Spencer and Eileen DeSart. Friends may call on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie, IL from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral mass will be Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at SS Simon and Jude Church, Gillespie, IL with Father Michael Haag officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie, IL. Memorials are suggested to Partnership for Educational Excellence District 7 or Heritage Manor Activity Fund. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL is in charge of the arrangements.
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