Irene A. Fraher, 97, of Pontiac passed away at 10:54 a.m., Thursday, November 10, 2022 at St. James John Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pontiac, on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Adam Cesarek officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Odell. Pallbearers will be Dennis Bull, Casey Fraher, Ryan Fraher, Chris Schultz, Tyler Kopp, and Tom Legner. Honorary pallbearers are Darrin Pierce, Zain Pierce, Cooper Fraher, Brooks Bull and Carver Schultz.
A rosary will be said Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. at Duffy – Baier -Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac.
A visitation will be held after the rosary from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., also at the Funeral Home.
Memorials in Irene’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, or to the donor’s choice.
Duffy – Baier – Snedecor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Irene was born December 16, 1924 in Streator, Illinois to John and Anna (Kozak) Ondek. She married Bob Fraher on October 25, 1952 in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Streator, Illinois. He passed away May 30, 2017 after 64 years of marriage.
Irene graduated from St. Stephen’s Grade School and Streator Township High School. She worked in the LaSalle County Treasurer’s Office in Ottawa. Later, she worked at the Odell Schools for more than 20 yeas as a secretary.
Irene was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, Catholic Daughters of America, Historical Society, Ladies Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and St. Mary’s Guild.
She is survived by her children: Tom (Kathleen) Fraher, Joan (Tom) Bull, Nancy Fraher, and Jim (Carol) Fraher; grandchildren: Dennis (Sarah) Bull, Susan (Tom) Legner, Katie (Tyler) Kopp, Casey (Jenna) Fraher, Kellie (Chris) Schultz, Ryan Fraher, and Rachel Fraher; and great-grandchildren: Brooks and Edith Bull, Darrin and Zain Pierce, Cooper Fraher, Carver and Calum Schultz, and Remington Kopp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; sisters, Mary Ondek and Lucille Swain; and brothers, George, John and Andy Ondek.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed playing cards and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Irene was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls fan.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
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