JoAnne D. Riley


MENDOTA - JoAnne D. Riley, 83, of Mendota died Jan. 8, 2019 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at First United Methodist Church, Mendota with Rev. Mary Bohall officiating. Cremation rites will follow the funeral. Private burial will be at Restland Cemetery, Mendota at a later date. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling the arrangements.

JoAnne was born June 23, 1935 in Aurora to Walter and Eleanor (Boroughs) Dewey. She married Frank Riley on June 16, 1957 in Aurora. He preceded her in death in 2015.

Survivors include two daughters, Becky (Chris) Kendziora of Columbus, Wis. and Kim (Ken) Goins of Peoria; two sons, Frank (Barbara) Riley of Memphis, Tenn. and William (Merry) Riley of Springfield; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one sister, Gerry; and one grandson, Mitchell Riley.

JoAnne was a former member of West Chicago Congregational Church and then of First United Methodist Church, Mendota. She was a graduate of East Aurora High School. She and Frank provided foster care for 13 children and she assisted her husband, who owned and operated the West Chicago Animal Hospital for 37 years. She also served as secretary to the principle at Glenbard East High School for over 20 years. She volunteered actively at her church, Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, the Mendota Museum, and Blackstone Elementary School, where she assisted children with reading. She and Frank moved to Mendota from West Chicago in 1997.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Vitas Hospice.

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