Yvonne Martinich

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Yvonne T. “Bonnie” Martinich, 78, of Shiloh, IL, born August 1, 1943, in Cincinnati, OH, died Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Bonnie met Ray Sr., the love of her life, working as a flight attendant for Western Airlines out of Salt Lake City, UT, while Ray was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, UT.  She later took on the role of an Air Force Officer’s wife and raised three wonderful children.

Bonnie co-delivered the Belleville News Democrat with her son and youngest daughter from 1982 to 1992 and continued to do so with Ray Sr. until 2006, finally hanging it up after 24 years (probably the longest standing Independent Paper Carrier in News Democrat history).  She worked as a Clinique Associate for 15+ years until her first grandchild was born, at which time she started a new beginning being a grandmother.  Bonnie later welcomed two additional grandchildren, spending as much time with each as she could, which included many trips to Indiana and Texas to visit her middle grandchild, Raymond III.

Bonnie was a member of the Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. She and Ray Sr. volunteered countless hours decorating the church, working Bingo, and assisting with the annual Wurstmarkt.

She loved to travel, spend time with family and friends, and always put the needs of others first.  Bonnie was a devoted wife, loving mother (mother-in-law), and proud grandmother whose love and nurturing will always be missed!

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Raymond J. Martinich, Sr., whom she married on June 25, 1966, and who died on February 16, 2018; a daughter, Yvonne M. Martinich; her parents, Charles and Vivian, nee Frye, Lussy; two brothers, Robert P. Lussy and Charles H. Lussy; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Martinich; and a brother-in-law, Frank R. Martinich.

She is survived by a son, Raymond J., Jr. (Catherine) Martinich of Ft. Worth, TX; a daughter, Christine M. (Scott) Oldani of O’Fallon, IL; three grandchildren, Dominic Oldani, Raymond J. Martinich III, and Olivia Oldani; a sister-in-law, Mary Anna Lussy of Westminster, CA; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing, will be observed.

Visitation:  Friends may visit the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery at a later date.




3 Comments on Yvonne Martinich

Maureen Harrington Britton said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2021 at 12:57 AM

I am so sad to see that Bonnie is gone. We had such fun together in high school. Her parents used to take us to the Washoe theater in Anaconda that was owned by her uncle Henry Lussy. It was and is a gorgeous movie theater. When we were in high school we visited her grandmother at times who lived in an apartment next to the French cleaners and dye shop that her father owned. Her grandmother was a beautiful elegant old French woman. She would speak French to us. It created a love of fFrench that never left me. It inspired me to be a French teacher for many years of my life. They were a wonderful family and she was such a great friend. Goodbye dear sweet Bonnie. My condolences to her family. I wish she had lived a little closer so we could've seen each other once in a while during the years. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Alana Lencioni LaRock said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2021 at 11:37 AM

I'm so sorry to learn of Bonnie's passing Such a wonderful person. Our families were friends for a long time. Brother Bob and I were close friends. My family owned Unique Drive-in Cleaners. Such great times we all had together. My prayers are with all of you.

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Jeanne Haar said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2021 at 4:15 PM

To Raymond, Christy and families ... How sad is this day to hear about your mother’s passing from this life. What a beautiful lady and friend! I have missed being with her and sharing our thoughts and spirituality over a cup of coffee after Holy Mass in the Cathedral so much. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and for her as I continue to think about her as a true and dear friend!

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