Tobenski

Geraldine A. “Gerry” Tobenski, age 91, of Irwin, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at her home.

She was born May 2, 1929 in Goodrich, the daughter of Alfred & Rosalie Morin Denault. 

Geraldine married Floyd Tobenski on February 7, 1948 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1996. 

She worked at Herscher IGA/Mario’s for 20 years and later did food demos at local grocery stores for a number of years. 

She was a parishioner of St. James Catholic Church in Irwin and belonged to St. James CCW, in which she served as past-president. She was honored to be their “Woman of the Year” in the past. Geraldine also belonged to the Women of the Moose. 

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending precious time with her family. She also enjoyed making rosaries for the missions and care packages for the homeless. 

Surviving are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Dennis and Janice Tobenski of Irwin and Randy and  Jill Tobenski of Kankakee; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Pam Kennedy of Channahon, Connie and  Rex Dionne of Herscher and Robert Hensley of Naples, FL; four brothers and five sisters-in-law, Emile and  Betty Denault of Bradley, Bernie Denault of Kankakee, Jerome & Kitch Denault of Bourbonnais, Vernon and  Darliene Denault of Bradley, and Marynard and  Barb Denault of Kankakee; one sister-in-law and  brother-in-law, Merlyn & Donna Witheft of Buckingham; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren with 2 on the way; many nieces and nephews; and cherished friends and neighbors. 

In addition to her husband, Geraldine is preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Vicki Hensley and Bonnie Draper; one son-in-law, Bill Kennedy; two sisters, Dolores Riley Fitch and JoAnn Denault; and three brothers, Donald Denault, Raymond Denault, and Willard Denault. 

Private family services will be held with a funeral Mass celebrated at St. James Catholic Church in Irwin, followed by interment at St. James Cemetery in Irwin. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the family wishes.