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Louise C. Elias

December 16, 1937 ~ January 17, 2019 (age 81)

  Louise (Gaydos) Elias , 81, of Streator, died on Thursday, Jan 17, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. She was surrounded by family and good friend, Father Small, when she passed. 

  Born December 16, 1937, in Streator, she was the daughter of John and Margaret (Majercin) Gaydos. She married Ronald C. (Sody) Elias on Aug 24, 1957. He preceded her in death on November 25, 2008. She later married Bernard Orsen on June 5, 2010. He preceded her in death on December 4, 2017.

  Louise is survived by sons, Ronald (Cory) of Streator, Kevin (Siobhan) of Streator, Daniel (Gina) of Spring Valley, daughter, Connie (Steve) Spaniol of Manville, son-in-law, Bill Grimm of Streator; grandchildren, Gabe, Murphy, Luke, D.J. and Gianna Elias, Cory (Anne) Uranich, Mia Uranich, and David (Heather) Ferguson, Stephanie (Shannon) Brown, and Tim Spaniol, great-grandchildren, Samantha Harris, Crew Spaniol, and Gia Uranich, brother, George (Barbara) Gaydos, sister, Helen Gaydos, brother-in-law, David (Marna) Elias, sisters-in-law, Joan (Mel)Treschak, Rosemary Elias, Bernadette Benichou, Dorothy Gaydos, as well as many loved, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors,

  She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Ronald Elias, and 2nd husband Bernard Orsen, brothers, John, Steve, and Frank Gaydos, sisters, Delores Gaydos (in infancy) and Mary Ann Brewer, brothers-in-law, Raymond (Dick) Brewer, Bernard Elias, Andrew Elias, and daughter, Coleen Grimm.

  Louise was a joyful and loving woman who got great pleasure meeting weekly with her ladies Dominoes Club. She loved visiting with her grandchildren and was so proud of all of them. She enjoyed traveling quite a bit and journeyed to Slovakia, Canada, Ireland, England, Mexico and throughout the United States. She even pulled on a few slot machines in Vegas on occasion.

  She loved working beside her husband in the garden, and happily shared the fruits of their labor with family and friends.  Always an avid Cub fan, she got to see her favorite team win the World Series. She really had a wonderful life filled with joy and love.

  Louise was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, and the K of C Ladies Auxiliary. She also shared her devout faith as a lector at St. Michael the Archangel Church.

  Louise will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Those wishing to bid Louise farewell, visitation will be Monday, January 21st, from 9:00am to 11:00am at Solon-Telford Funeral Home, 301 S. Park St., Streator. Funeral mass will be at 11:30am at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator, with Msgr. Philip Halfacre officiating.

  Pallbearers will be grandsons, Gabe, Luke, D.J. Elias, and Cory Uranich, granddaughter, Gianna Elias, and nephews, Michael and Thomas Murphy

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in her name to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

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