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Marilyn Hodak (updated)

Staff WriterMay 26, 2019

Marilyn A. Hodak, 86, of Kankakee, passed away Wednesday (May 22, 2019) surrounded by family.

She was born Oct. 29, 1932, in Kankakee, the daughter of John P. Yonke and Esther Anderson Yonke. She and her husband, John L. Hodak, were married for 58 years. Marilyn and John were high school sweethearts and king and queen of the St. Patrick High School prom.

Surviving are five sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Chris Hodak, of Chicago, Mark and Paula Hodak, of Kankakee, Bruce and Paula Hodak, of Lexington, N.C., Phil and Sue Hodak, of Kankakee, and Doug and Katie Hodak, of Darien; 11 grandchildren, Jason Hodak, Jill Ngo, Jeremy Hodak, Jared Hodak, Katie Bean, Eleanor Siebers, Hannah Hodak, John Hodak, Rachel Morris, Ross Williamson and Carrie Williamson; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Martha DeFily, of Downers Grove; one brother, Arthur (Stephanie) Yonke, of Rock Island; and in-laws, Kay (Jim) Vider, of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Gladys Otto, of Bay Village, Ohio.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; son, Daniel; nephew, Fred; and in-laws, Vincent DeFily and George Otto.

Marilyn and John enjoyed traveling with their family in their RV, vacationing in Mexico, square dancing and boating on the Kankakee River.

As a teenager, Marilyn began working as a carhop at Jaenicke’s Root Beer Stand. After raising her sons, she assumed various roles in the family automotive business. Marilyn was an active member of St. Patrick Parish where she was the CCW president, Woman of the Year, a Eucharistic minister, homebound minister and led the retired women’s craft circle on Friday mornings. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Seconds to Go, St. Mary’s Hospital and Heritage Village. She loved hosting parties and gardening and had a particular love of butterflies.

Visitation took place Friday at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kankakee. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kankakee.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley, St. Patrick Catholic Church or Bishop McNamara Catholic Schools.

Please sign her online guestbook at clancygernon.com.


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