JoAnn D. Salata, 85, of Oglesby and formerly of Streator passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
Private Funeral Services will be held. Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.
The Solon-Telford Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Born August 25, 1932 in Streator she was the daughter of and Adolph and Amelia (Uebler) Pomeranke.
She married Thomas R. Salata on May 23, 1957 at St. Stephen’s Church, Streator. He preceded her in death on January 20, 2008.
She is survived by daughters, Julie (Kevin) Barth of Arlington Heights and Jolene (Don) Decker of Tonica; a son, Mark (Tricia) Salata of Streator; grandchildren, Kaytie (Marc) Riley, Brandon Samolitis, Kara (Brenton) Valentine, Taylor Barth, Ryan Barth, Megan Salata, Haley Barth and Lindsey Salata: great grandchildren, Decker Valentine and Davis Riley; and a brother, Thomas (Vicki) Pomeranke.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
She worked through the years for Lipton Tea Company, St. Mary’s Hospital, LaSalle County Sheriff’s office and retired from the Streator Police Department. In her retirement she worked part-time for Heritage Health Nursing Home.
She was of the Lutheran faith.
Known fondly as “Omi”, JoAnn was life-long and loyal Cubs fan. When she wasn’t sporting a sweatshirt or T-shirt from the college attended by one of her grandchildren, you would find her in her Cubs gear! She rarely missed a game whether on TV or the radio. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that were the light of her life. She kept up with each of them through texting and Facebook, often “sharing” things that puzzled all of us. JoAnn loved to crochet and to spend time with her “golden girl” group of ladies. Cherished by her family are our dad’s Slovak traditions she continued on even after our Baba was gone, including the many recipes she perfected. She was the biggest fan at her grandchildren’s sporting events, often traveling hours to support them and their team. She enjoyed her occasional vodka gimlet when going out with friends and family, and enjoyed the company of everyone. She will always be remembered for her sense of humor, often unfiltered and straight to the point, by all who know and love her.
Memorial may be directed to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com