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Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Thursday December 31st, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am

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St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
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Jennie M. Perkins


Jennie M. Perkins, 94, of Joliet passed away at home on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Jennie was born in Joliet on October 7, 1926, to Joseph and Rose (Duranto) Rizzo. She married Charles E.

Perkins on May 18, 1947 at the Catholic Church of St. Anthony in Joliet. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2009. Also preceding her in death were an infant son, Timothy, her parents and her siblings, Mildred (Richard) Peterson and Richard (Antoinette) Rizzo.

Jennie is survived by her children, Thomas (Linn) of Peoria, IL, and Patricia (Steven) Ruzich of Joliet; her grandchildren, Timothy (Ellen) Ruzich, Nathan (Maggie) Ruzich, Amanda Ruzich, Samuel Perkins and Anne Perkins; and her great-grandchildren Sawyer Ruzich, Peyton Ruzich and Lorilei Ruzich.

Jennie was a resident of Joliet her entire life, graduating from Joliet Township High School in 1945. She worked at Sears and Prairie State Paper Mill. She concluded her working years as Manager of Rivals Bowl, where she had first been employed as a secretary. She was a lifetime member of The Joliet Rivals Club. She enjoyed bowling and golf, participating in leagues for many years.

She loved hosting family gatherings on the holidays, gladly inheriting that responsibility from her Mother, Rose. She was a good cook and a wonderful hostess of cocktail and dinner parties. She was famous for her homemade pizza and lasagna. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren, attending countless baseball games and other activities.

Jennie was a great friend to many, a good listener, with genuine empathy for others. She was kind to everyone. She had a wide circle of "best" friends. A lifelong Catholic, she was a long-time parishioner at St. Paul the Apostle parish.

A public visitation will be held on Thursday, December 31 from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. at BlackburnGiegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, with social distancing and face covering requirements in effect, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, IL.

Jennie's daughter, Patti, and granddaughter, Amanda, were her primary caregivers during her last illness. The family also wishes to thank her Hospice nurses, Georgetta and Cynthia. Memorials may be made to Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431. Online condolences may be made at bgsfuneralhome.com

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Gayann momma sure did love seeing you. You always made her smile. Our families had a long long history together and such wonderful memories of us spending time together. I know that our parents are once again enjoying each other's company and are watching over all of us.

Patti Jan 18 2021 12:00 AM

RIP "MA" Perkins. You were our mother,friend and cook at Rivals. I will never forget how kind you were to me or your spectacular homemade pizza. I'm sorry you left us but God needs your help keeping Charlie in line. Our loss is Heavens gain. My sympathy goes out to the entire family.

Art Cwudzinski Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks Artie. Rivals and the friendships made there were a big part of our lives for a long time. Thanks for remembering Ma.

Tom Perkins Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you Kristal. We have many great memories of the fun times at Nielands Lake and your family home in Frankfort with Uncle Ralph and Aunt June and you and Sheri. June and Jen were so much alike. They spread happiness and kindness to all. June left us far too soon.

Tom Perkins Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you Sheri. My comment to Kristal goes out to you too.

Tom Perkins Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks to you, David, and Mark and Michael, for the beautiful floral arrangement. Jennie had many children. You three boys were her sons as much as I was. It would take several volumes to write the Adventures of the Perkins and Luecht families. Theres no doubt Jennie was a role model and shell continue to live within each of us.

Tom Perkins Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks Dawn. You and Keith have been part of our family since the day you were born. Mom loved you both like her own children. Youre right that she had a servants heart. She and Audrey were the best of friends and they helped make the Avalon Avenue block one big family for us kids who were lucky enough to grow up there.

Tom Perkins Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Such a beautiful lady, inside and out! Aunt Jennie was such an important part of our family's life. I will always remember her smile, contagious laugh, and loving spirit. I see those in you, Patti! Prayers that you find comfort in your memories.

Gayann Bennett-Byrnes Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

Tim, Patti and family..so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I and my family have had so many happy memories of your mom, dad and both of you.. We shared so many wonderful, happy times through out so many years.. Your mom was such sweet fun lady. Think of all of you often. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and love to all of you.

Sheri Nieland Kimsey Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

Was so sorry to hear about the loss of Jennie to you all. Due to the friendship Chuck and Jen had with my mom and dad, Ralph and June Nieland, I remember their house on Avalon and all the good times we all had when we were there. Jen was a special and sweet person and I know you will all miss her very much.
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