Rena Bergandi of Benld and Chicago, passed away January 8, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, IL with her nieces Dolores Ditore and Renee Katich at her side. She was 94 years old on May 7, 2018. Her wish was cremation with no services. She was born in Benld on May 7, 1924 to Julia and Fiorentino Francone and graduated from Benld High School in 1942. She married Charles Bergandi in Chicago on January 20, 1946 at St. Joachin Catholic Church in Chicago. She is survived by her son Charles Bergandi of South Carolina, grandson, Brian Bergandi, great grandchildren, Tyler and Bella Bergandi all from Columbus, OH, several nieces and nephews. Her husband of 55 years preceded her in death on Thanksgiving Day in 2001. Also preceded her in death were her parents, sister, Mary DeMartini, brother Edeale Francone and daughter in law, Cherrie Bergandi. She was an executive secretary in Chicago for many years. She was proud of her Italian Heritage and traveled to Italy several times to visit her cousins. She was an excellent and creative cook who enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She entered many contests and won several. She enjoyed sewing, traveling, decorating and partying with her family and friends. Upon their retirements, they moved to Benld where she became commander of the Dava Chapter 90 for many years, volunteer at John Cochran VA in St Louis, member of the Croatian Lodge, member of the VFWA of Gillespie and secretary for AARP in Benld for many years. She was an avid reader and appreciated the kindness that Benld Library had shown her for many years. Memorials can be made to the Benld Public Library. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge.
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