Wayne Joseph Pionke, 72, of Momence, passed away Monday (Feb. 4, 2019) at his home.
He was born Aug. 20, 1946, at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Esther Rataiczyk Pionke.
Wayne attended St. Mary of the Angels and Gordon Tech in Chicago.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 during the Vietnam era.
Wayne married Eileen M. Lehner on Dec. 10, 1966, in Chicago. She survives.
He is the father of two daughters and sons-in-law, Lori and Steve Bleyle, of Bourbonnais, and Lisa and Matt Bilthuis, of Georgia; and three sons and a daughter-in-law, Joseph Pionke, of Chicago, Wayne and Sarah Pionke, of Sparta, Tenn., and Kevin Pionke, of Bourbonnais. He also has one sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Al Hendon, of Elgin; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Wayne was a fond brother-in-law and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and one daughter, Elizabeth Therese Pionke.
Wayne was a retired supervisor for the CTA. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Momence and served as a eucharistic minister. He loved Chicago sports, fishing with his boys, feeding the animals, woodworking making bean bag sets, gardening and, most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Cotter Funeral Home in Momence. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Momence. The Rev. Dan Hessling will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Evergreen Park.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Please sign his online guestbook at cotterfh.com.