In memory of
Joseph Raymond Lestina
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In memory of
Joseph Raymond Lestina
Joseph Raymond Lestina Born: March 3, 1948; in Joliet, IL Died: February 15, 2017; in Diamond, IL Joseph Raymond Lestina, age 68 of Diamond, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. Born March 3, 1948 in Joliet, Joseph Raymond was a son of the late Joseph William and Bessie (Swartz) Lestina. He was raised in Coal City; was a 1966 graduate of Coal City High School; attended Joliet Junior College, and went on to honorably serve in the United States Army. On February 24, 1973, Joe married Kathleen Ann (nee Tyler). Joe was a member of St. Juvin VFW Post #1336, and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Coal City. During high school, "Joe from the show" worked as a projectionist at the Rialto Theater in Coal City. He later gained employment with BASF, from where he went on to retire from after many years of service. Joe was a classic car enthusiast,especially of Studebaker Avanti's, and will be remembered for his love of history. He enjoyed family vacations, was a great fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, and took pleasure in getting together with his breakfast buddies at The Whistle Stop. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Kimberly (Mark) Pavlis of Coal City; son, Aaron Lestina of Diamond; sister, Jean (Joseph) Macaluso; and his mother-in-law, Lorrie Tyler both of Coal City; uncle, George Lestina of Braidwood; aunts, Elsie Swartz of Coal City and Laura Lestina of Wilmington; his sister-in-law, Karen (Joe) Grega of Diamond; nephew and Godson, Brian Grega of Diamond; nieces, Karen (Ray) Ferrero of Morris and Laurie (Mike) Knick of Joliet; and countless friends especially including, Don Rolando and John Triner, both of Coal City. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bessie Lestina; father-in-law, Marvin Tyler; his grandparents, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation and video tribute will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow Monday morning, February 20th at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Reverend Robert Noesen from Assumption Parish will preside. Burial with full military honors will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Pallbearers will be: Aaron Lestina, Brian Grega, Mark Pavlis, Joe Lestina, Jim Fleishman and Mike Knick. Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Joe's memory to: AutismSpeaks, Regency Office Plaza, Suite 304, 2700 River Road, Des Plaines, IL60018, American Cancer Society, 17060 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477, or to a charity of the donor's choosing. Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Joe's memorial page on social media by logging onto: Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. In Coal City. (815-634-2125)
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