Louis Francis Barone, 92, of Woodstock, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Cicero, Ill., to Selvino and Mary (Geraldi) Barone.
Mr. Barone enlisted in the Navy in June of 1944, upon graduation from high school. He graduated DePaul University School of Law in 1951. He passed the Illinois State Bar exam on his first attempt as he was able to take the test prior to graduation due to being recalled to service because of the Korean War. His recall was eventually canceled.
He married Joan Sweeney on June 3, 1961. He was elected Hanover Park Village trustee, then village clerk, then village president, the latter for a 12-year term. He served as a vice president of Illinois Municipal League, and chairman of Northwest Municipal Conference, finally retiring from village government to enter the Deaconate, and was ordained April 25, 1987, by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
He served in various ministries at St. Ansgar Church, Hanover Park, for 18 years, including business manager. He formed and ran a village-wide food pantry and a police chaplain department
He moved to Woodstock following the death of his beloved wife, Joan, to live with his daughter and family, where he served in various ministries at St. Mary Church in Woodstock. Lou was a diehard Cubs fan.
He is survived by his son, John Barone; daughter, Mary Ann (Richard) Rizzo; grandchildren, Samantha Rizzo, Eva Rizzo, Richard Rizzo; a sister, Nancy Gray; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two brothers, John Barone and Robert Barone.
A visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock, from 9 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mary Tuition Fund or to St. Mary Church would be appreciated.
For information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney funeral home at 815-338-1710 or visit slmcfh.com.