Betty Durako

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Betty J. Durako, nee Stewart, 91, of Belleville, IL, born July 25, 1930, in Springfield, IL, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Cedarhurst of Highland, Highland, IL.

Betty’s full-time job was being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, for almost 60 years and a member of the Perpetual Help Sodality at the church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, singing, bowling, fishing, and traveling. Her passion for her family and the ability to make anyone smile will be among the most treasured memories of Betty.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John G. Durako, whom she married on February 18, 1950, and who died on June 15, 2005; her parents, William D. and Anna Mae, nee Ford, Stewart; an infant daughter, Julie Durako; her beloved sister and brother, Peggy Buecker and William L. Stewart; and a son-in-law, John Wheat.

Surviving are her sons, John (Denise) Durako, Jim (Chery) Durako, Joe (Tina) Durako; her daughters, Janet Hale, Joyce (Jeff) Wilson, and Jill Wheat; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; a special friend, Diane Krydynski; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois and Cedarhurst of Highland for the care given to Betty.

Memorials may be made to the Ministry to Sick and Aged. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Jim Thomas. Masks are required.

Burial will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

 

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17 Comments on Betty Durako

Fr. Gene Neff said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2021 at 11:34 AM

I met so very many wonderful people at my first pasgtorate, St. Luke Cath. Church in Belleville, IL. John and Betty are two of the many I will NEVER forget. What wonderful gifts they were to my life, and to the parish. May Betty be reunited now in eternal JOY with John and celebrate eternal life.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Becky Spellmeyer said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 8:56 AM

My heart goes out to your family, I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Saint Charles
  • MO
Allen Lanter said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2021 at 8:45 AM

Janet, I will always remember the kindness and grace I was shown during our teenage years by your mother. She made me feel welcomed and at home whenever I visited. So sorry for your loss.

  • Makanda
  • IL
Maggie wheat said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2021 at 1:22 PM

So sorry for your loss. She was indeed a very delightful lady. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Troy
  • Il
Nancy Hess said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2021 at 12:19 PM

Janet, I was so sad to read about your sweet Mom. I am so sorry I never got to go visit her. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Much Love. Nancy Hess.

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Mo
Carol Knoebel said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2021 at 9:24 AM

To the Durako Family I’m so sorry for your loss. Tom and I shared lots of good times with Betty and John. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Carol Knoebel

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Ed and Irene Blake said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2021 at 7:03 PM

John, condolences to you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kathy Guerra said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2021 at 4:05 PM

Joe, I'm so sorry. I wish I could say something to make it easier for you and your family but I know I can't. I wish you peace during this hard time.

  • Mitchell
  • IL
Marsha Kreke said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2021 at 10:51 AM

Jill & Family I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Alhambra
  • IL
Patrick Boyne said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2021 at 10:37 AM

John very sorry for the loss of your mother. My deepest sympathy for you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Steve Buecker and family said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2021 at 10:10 AM

My condolences to you and the Durako family over losing your mom, my aunt Betty. She was a lovely person. I have only found memories of the times our families were together. Holidays were special and the hunting expeditions in the timber with your dad were always exciting. Aunt Betty, like Your aunt Peggy, always rolled with the flow. God be with aunt Betty. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Springfield
  • Illinois
Dan & Shelley Erni said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 4:51 PM

Very sorry for your loss

  • Taylorville
  • Illinois
Jackie & Alan Wempen said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 3:19 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy. Prayers to you and your family.

  • Taylorville
  • Illinois
Dorothy Hasenstab said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 10:12 AM

We Hasenstab's will always be grateful to our friends John & Betty for introducing us to our heaven on earth HOHMAN Lake . with sympathy & love , Dorothy

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Dan and Diane Gietl said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 6:29 AM

So sorry for your loss. Have been thinking about all of you this week. Take care.

  • Decatur
  • Il
Jon Brown said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 5:43 AM

My condolences for your very special loss, your mother, grandmother, great grandmother,

  • Decatur
  • Illinois
Desirae Gray ( Farley) said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 2:55 PM

Will always remember Aunt Betty. I loved when they would come to town to visit. Will hold those memories close. Love you Great Aunt Betty.

  • Springfield
  • Illinois

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