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Thursday November 19th, 2020

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Mildred Marie Riley


Mildred M. Riley

Born September 28, 1920

Died November 15, 2020



Mildred Marie Riley Age 100, of Joliet, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 15, 2020 at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home.   Mildred was born in New York City, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Peklo.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Frank Riley, her mother and father, her daughter Darlene Wood, son Joseph Riley, grandson Patrick Riley, twin great-grandchildren Holly Ann & James Joseph Wood, and brothers Joseph and Charles Peklo.

She is survived by her children Frank (Kathy) Riley, Carol (Charlie) Durbin, Tim (Josey) Riley; son-in-law Donald Wood and daughter-in-law Joanne Riley.   She leaves behind in her legacy 17 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and Paulites.  Mildred was a devout Catholic.  She will be sadly missed by all her family members, but we take comfort in knowing she is now reunited with her loved ones who preceded her.

A very special thanks to the staff of Our Lady of Angels and Joliet Community Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Private visitation will be held, Wednesday November 18, 2020 from 3-7 p.m.   Private graveside services will take place at Elmhurst Cemetery on Thursday.   Due to Covid-19 masks are required.   In lieu of flowers memorials to Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home or Joliet Area Community Hospice would be appreciated.

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This is such a lovely photo of Grandma.
We will miss you, Grandma, but know you are in a much better place, reunited with Grandpa, uncle Joe, Mom, Patrick and other loved ones. I'm thankful you reached such an amazing milestone of 100 years. I think about all the things you saw and experienced during those 100 years - so much progress and change in the world, so much love and joy with family and friends. One of my favorite memories was coming over during the holidays and you'd make batches of Christmas cookies - kolachkes and almond crescents were my favorites, and I now make almond crescents because of you! You will be dearly missed but we celebrate you and the wonderful life you lived, & the beautiful family you and grandpa created. Love you always, Gram. - Debi

Debi & Nick Louque Nov 19 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Cherish the wonderful times you had with your mom, grandma, great grandma knowing that she will always remain in your hearts. Mildred would always greet us with her warm smile when we saw her at family gatherings. She will definitely be missed, but never forgotten.

Dave & Karen Terdic Nov 18 2020 12:00 AM

JoJo still watching over Millie even @ the wake !
After nearly a century !
Talk about dedication !!!

Last night I was thinking about JoJo & what would happen 2 her after Grandma's burial ?
Will she be takin in by a loved 1 , or be laid 2 rest with Grandma ?
I'm ok w/either .
RESPECT... what Mildred held so dear .
This precious gift from her loving parents
After seeing her @ her wake....watching over Grandma I know she will be in good hands .
Thanks JoJo 4 a century of faithful , loving , service 2 your BFF !

Doug Wood Nov 18 2020 12:00 AM

My Dear Grandma Riley ,
A great life , long life , well lived .
I have many precious memories of time spent together over the decades .
Thanksgiving at your house with Grandpa & lots of family gathered around the table
eating & laughing .
Christmas to .
I was sad when you moved to Florida .
I was just old enough , big enough , to ride my bike to your house & visit you both (while pulling some weeds) around your tomato plants etc .
But we visited you in Florida .
I remember your Lincoln trunk full of seafood & ice you would bring home to share with all of us in Illinois .
Yummy !
Wasn't to long you came back to Illinois for good .
Maybe 10 years ? We were all glad .
We missed you !
In the years after we lost our dear Grandpa Riley (& Marti lost her Grandpa Sing) I/We all (4) enjoyed picking you up at your house. (B 4 we had Holli & A.J.) & taking you over to the Sing farm @ Essington rd. & Glenwood ave. , 4 some "rousing" games of Pinochle !!!
Saying 2 Marti many times "Me & my Grandma are gonna kick You & your Grandmas butts" !
You & I almost always won !
While we talked about many things .
Days of old , memories , loved ones .
Having some treats 1 or both of our Grandma's made 4 the occasion .
I did then & always will , cherish my memories of you Grandma . (& Grandpa).
I have to mention this as 1 example of the love you had 4 your entire/vast family .
I remember stopping by to visit u @ various times , of varying years......and being amazed @ the extent of your shopping & wrapping Christmas presents
FOR EACH & EVERY , E V E R Y one of your kids & grandkids ! Every year until no longer able to . WOW !
This was no easy task , as you had so many children & grandchildren !
You dedicated (started) months b 4 Christmas , to getting the right thing , 4 the right person .
Then wrapped it up so beautiful & with obvious care , like it was 4 a king or queen . When in reality Grandma , you were the Gift , the Queen....the Matriarch .
Thank You for always making time for not only me , but my family , and our entire family as a whole Grandma !
My hope & prayer is that You & Grandpa are happily everafter together again , holding my Mom & Joe & Patrick (and our twins Holly Ann & James Joseph) in a loving embrace , surrounded by all those loved 1's who went b 4 you , rejoicing , waiting , for that day we might all b together again forever .
Sincerely , With Love & Respect ,
Your GrandSon Proudly Doug Wood + Family .
P.S. Tell Grandpa to let you hold "Cindy" "Funny Girl" some of the time as well !
She was a part of our lives to .
She was our dear Suzettes baby (1 of 6)
Suzette was born on St Patrick's Day , hit by car on Valentine's Day .
Leaving us with a litter of pups who's eyes weren't even open yet .
We nurtured & fed with eye dropper til weened . We kept biggest boy Tuffy .
You & Grandpa took the last pup .
The runt , the little girl , that no one wanted . The rest was history . What a diamond in the rough .
I know she brought u both great joy !
For 17 + years .
So glad we had this bond between our family & the 2 of (3) of you as well .

Doug Wood Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM

My Deepest condolences to Pat , Carol , and Tim . My Aunt & Uncles .
And all your families .
You surviving 3 , as well as Uncle Joe & my Mother , were/are , the living legacy to the "Leader(s) of the Band" .

"Mildred & Frank"

"Mom & Pop".

Grt G+G
Grt Grt G+G

She will be missed .
May God give you all peace (us to)
@ this sad time in our lives .

Doug Wood Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM

John 3:16-18

Doug Wood Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM