Edward J. Wargo, 77, of Streator passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at his residence in Streator.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 A.M. Saturday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Rev. Fr. Ryan Mattingly will officiate. 4th Degree members of the Streator Assembly 2109 of the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard and 3rd Degree members of the Knights of Columbus Council # 790 will be present at the funeral mass.
Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. Friday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.
Private family burial will be held at a later date in Holy Cross Cemetery in Mendota.
Born August 4, 1941 in Streator, he was the son of Stephen and Anna (Micklos) Wargo. He married Barbara Stremlau on June 19, 1971 in Mendota.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wargo of Streator; a daughter, Betsy Wargo of Bloomington; sons, Ted (Carolyn) Wargo of Streator and Matt Wargo of Bloomington; grandchildren, Tessa Ahillen of Bloomington; Vincent and Stephanie Wargo of Streator; and a sister, Anna Mae Negray of Streator.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Wargo and a sister, Maryann Klein.
Born and raised in Streator, he attended St. Stephen’s Grade School and graduated from Streator High School in the Class of 1959. He boasted of being a member of the first undefeated football team in Streator High School history. He later earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University and his Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University.
He was a social studies teacher at Northlawn Junior High from 1968 until 1994. He was also an assistant football and wrestling coach at Streator High School for over 30 years.
After his retirement he loved being Santa Claus’s helper each year with guest appearances and making personalized videos from Santa for children. He was also featured in commercials for Walgreens and Sears.
Ed was a member of the former Immaculate Conception Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church. He served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister for both parishes.
He was also a 4th Degree member of the Streator Assembly 2109 of the Knights of Columbus and 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 790. He was past Grand Knight of council #790 and past Faithful Navigator of Assembly #2109. He also volunteered for St. Mary’s Hospital through the years.
Ed enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, gardening, photography, joking with his grandkids, coaching, family gatherings, and traveling. All the while he was an avid Chicago Bears fan.
He will be missed by his loving family and close friends.
Memorials may be directed to St Micheal’s St. Vincent de Paul Society to help the needy in Streator.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com