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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • OBITUARY: LaVon Slowik

  • Visitation for LaVon Slowik, 88, of St. Anne, will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Clancy Gernon-Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Anne Catholic Church. Father Fanale will officiate.
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  • Visitation for LaVon Slowik, 88, of St. Anne, will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Clancy Gernon-Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Anne Catholic Church. Father Fanale will officiate.
    Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Aroma Park, where LaVon will be reunited with her beloved Henry and their many dear friends who have already preceded her passing.
    She passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at ManorCare Nursing Home in Kankakee.
    LaVon was born Aug. 24, 1924, the daughter of Byron (Pete) and Faye Alice (Thompson) Clemans Sr. 
    LaVon was retired from Kankakee Community College where she served as the Business Office Supervisor and then as manager when KCC first broke ground in 1969. Later she was promoted to treasurer for KCC, a capacity she filled until here retirement in June, 1988. Prior to her move to KCC, LaVon worked in the business of the Kankakee School system as a secretary and an accountant. Throughout her life, LaVon was constantly active. During the war years she was in the First Wave of “Rosie the Riveters,” helping build airplanes for the war effort. Later she was a reporter for the St. Anne Record Press for a number of years.
    When the St. Anne Grade School was expanded to include an in-school hot lunch program LaVon was hired as a cook. During that time she returned to night school to refresh her secretarial and accounting skills, which served her well and led to her work in the Kankakee school system and then KCC. She was also a local board member for the Selective Service beginning in June, 1982.
    At that time “working Mothers” were often frowned upon, but LaVon stayed the course to become a proud and highly respected example to her children, her community and her church. She along with like-minded women were the Vanguard who cracked open the door that would later be called “The Womens’ Liberation Movement.”
    In addition to her work, she was also a world traveler. From Europe to Hawaii to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. To Central and South America, Canada and just about every state in the union. She and her beloved Henry were on the move, bringing back wonderful stories and souvenirs from their many grand adventures.  When not traveling, they were part of a very close knit group of friends whose Friday night soirees were truly unique and memorable. Whether dining out or entertaining at home, those Friday nights were some of the best times of their lives.
    Surviving are her son, Hank Slowik Jr., and Patricia McCrary of Douglasville, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Earl Wesner of Schaumburg and Sallie and Roger Thorton of Goreville. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Scott and Tracy Slowik, Sugar Hill, Ga., Stephanie Truax, (grand marshall of last year’s PumpkinFest parade) Sumpter, S.C., Stacy and Jeff Mahoney, Atlanta, Ga., Mary and Michael Cooper, Las Vegas, Nev., Eric Paugh, Carbondale, Marc and Jody Wesner, Schaumburg, and Brad Wesner, Bartlett. Her great-grandchildren are Amelia Slowik, Scott, Steffan, and Elaina Truax, Meghan Mahoney, Cameron Paugh, Bradford Wesner and Threnody Hooper, and Abby and Olivia Wesner. She is also survived by her beloved brother, Byron Clemans Jr. of Manteno and her beloved sister-in-law, Patricia Clemans of Kankakee; and many nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren.
    Page 2 of 2 - LaVon was preceded in death by beloved husband, Henry Slowik Sr.; her son, David; her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Neva and Ray Tresner; her sister-in-law, Phyllis Clemans; her brother, Russ Clemans; and two nephews, Gary and Randy Clemans.
    Memorials may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church in St. Anne.
    Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.

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