Adolph J. "Cookie" Senica, 99, formerly of Oglesby, Ill., died peacefully at 5 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2013, in the Illinois Veterans Home, La Salle, Ill.|
Services will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Shields Funeral Chapel, Oglesby, with a 10 a.m. Mass in Holy Family Church, Oglesby. The Rev. Gary Blake will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, La Salle, with full military rite conducted by the La Salle-Oglesby Veteran's Memorial Group.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral chapel. The rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. The Oglesby American Legion will meet at 4 p.m. and the Oglesby Elks will meet at the funeral chapel at 5:30 p.m.
Cookie was born on Oct. 13, 1913, in Oglesby, to Frank and Anna Butara Senica. He married Mary Parola on Sept. 13, 1938. She died on May 30, 1992.
He co-operated Senica's Grocery and Meats in Oglesby with his brother, Frank, and father. He was a member of Holy Family Church and served as secretary of the Holy Name Society for 43 years. He also served as a trustee of the church and successfully managed the bingo operation for many years. Cookie was a member of the Oglesby Elks where he served as secretary for 15 years, the Oglesby American Legion for 67 years, the 83rd Infantry Division Association and the Oglesby Civic Association.
He was a member and secretary of the Oglesby AARP Tour Committee for 15 years and was a member the Slovenian National Benefit Society Lodge 2 for 80 years. He also was secretary of the Retail Clerks Association.
He lived in Oglesby from childhood until he moved to the Illinois Veteran's Home in La Salle in 2009. He was an avid sports fan playing softball well into his 40s and bowled in several leagues until his late 70s. He rooted for the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini.
He served with the Army in Germany during World War II.
Survivors are a son, James (Darlene) Senica, Germantown Hills, Ill.; a daughter, Mary Ann McLeod, East Moline; two granddaughter, Jennifer McLeod, Phoenix, Ariz., and Nicole (Patrick) O'Brien, Carbon Cliff; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers; and a sister.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the La Salle Veterans Home, the Alzheimer's Association, Holy Family Church or the Oglesby Elks Crippled Children's Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.shieldsfuneralchapel.com.
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