April 18, 1929 - May 2, 2021
Gino John Martini, 92, of Kankakee, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Meadowbrook Manor, Bolingbrook, IL. He was born April 18, 1929, in Scranton, PA the son of John and Adele (Panettieri) Martini. He married his wife of 65 years, Kathryn Susan Eckhardt, on July 9th, 1955 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee. Surviving are two sons, Anthony (Allyson) Martini of Aurora, IL and Stephen (Carol) Martini of Milford, DE,: five grandchildren, Andrea (Kris) Gordon, Nicholas (Kristen) Martini, Alex (Kristina) Martini, Sean Martini and Emily Martini; and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sister, Anna (Robert) Corwin, brothers-in-law, Frederick (Dolores) Eckhardt, Edwin (Mary Kay) Eckhardt, sister-in-law, Ionia Eckhardt; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his wife; parents; brother, Orlando Martini; sisters, Flora Martini, Linda Martini, and Mary Martini; father-in-law, James Eckhardt; mother-in-law, Oneda (Stilley) Eckhardt; brothers/sisters-in-law, Walter (Gracie) Eckhardt, Melvin (Betty Jane Eckhardt) Schnell, and Stanley Eckhardt. Gino worked as a union bricklayer from 1954 until his retirement in 1991. In his spare time, he was a voracious reader of newspapers and never turned down a cup of coffee. He especially enjoyed building ornate bird houses and helping his wife, Katie, with her chair caning. For over 60 years, he was a devoted member of Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America and of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2021 at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee, with a prayer service at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. John Paul II Catholic Parish-West Campus (formerly St. Martin of Tours). Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing guidelines. Burial will follow at Kankakee Memorial Gardens in Aroma Township. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
Gino John Martini, 92, of Kankakee, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Meadowbrook Manor, Bolingbrook, IL. He was born April 18, 1929, in Scranton, PA the son of John and Adele (Panettieri) Martini. He married his wife of 65 years, Kathryn... View Obituary & Service Information
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