Lee Cernich, 86, of Springfield, died at 10:28 am, Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born November 14, 1925 in Canton, IL to Joseph and Sylvia Sepich Cernich. He married Rose Mary Etta Mahoney, September 11, 1954 at St. Agnes Church in Springfield. His wife, parents and one sister (Isabelle) preceded him in death.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph of Springfield; John (Jennifer) of Riverton; two grand-daughters, Lydia and Johanna; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was a member of St. Agnes Church, Holy Name Society, The Croatian Fraternal Union of America and the VFW Post #5764. Lee was a Veteran of the US Navy serving during WWII. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4175 and past member of the Sacred Heart Credit Union Board of Directors.
Lee began his career as a jeweler after the war. He worked as Deputy Director for Springfield/Sangamon County Civil Defense. He worked for Illinois Emergency Management Agency as a Disaster Coordinator with the State and Federal Government.
Visitation: 9:00 am -11:00 am, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at St. Agnes Church.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 am, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at St. Agnes Church with Rev. Robert Jallas officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Catholic Charities, Holy Family Food Pantry, or St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry.
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I am so sorry for your loss, John take care of yourself!
Joe, john and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your father. We wish you every comfort and will be praying for you all. Pat and Kathee Pappa and girls
Lee was a neighbor that kept us on our toes with all the "who, what, wheres" in the neighbor. He was always calling about Rosemary, the cat, wanting to know where she was, WHY she was on the garage roof, why she was on top of his family room roof, etc. Many times we'd go out in the morning to find a can of chili sitting on our porch. Never knew if Lee wanted me to make him some chili or was bringing us supper! Bryan and Lee were talkers and I'm sure Bryan is going to miss the entertaining conversations they used to have on the front porch. I will miss the window in the family room not moving twice a day.....
Karen & I send our condolences to you both, John & Joe. Lee was a very kind man. I recall how he always went out of his way to talk to me, share a joke or make a kind comment on something I did. He was full of life and compassion, and I see that, along with much of your Mom in the two of you.
Jacquie Miles posted on 12/9/11
Dear Joe, I am so sorry for your loss but it is heaven's gain. It sounds like he was a busy man with a lot going on in his life. And, you have a wonderful outlook & faith so I know you will be fine. Love & prayers, Jacquie