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Cecelia I. Monk

Cecelia I. Monk

Cecelia I. Monk, age 99, of Manteno, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Miller Rehabilitation Center in Kankakee.

She was born March 8, 1921 near Nashville, IL the daughter of Joseph & Veronica Smugala Grzegorek.

Cecelia married Wilbur Monk on October 10, 1941 in Manteno. He preceded her in death in 1980.

She worked at Manteno State Hospital as a healthcare technician. She also worked at the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant during wartime making ammo. She also worked at Hillman Memorial Hospital in Manteno as a nurse’s aide and also worked at Our Lady Academy in the kitchen.

She was a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manteno, where she served as an usher well into her 90’s.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry & Norma Monk of Manteno; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Marilyn & Dale Pfeiffer of Bonfield and Audrey & Harvey Mallard of Sun City Center, FL; six grandchildren, Jason (Deanna) Pfeiffer, Abby (Tim) Allen, Jordan (Adam) Reed, Andy (Jenny) Monk, Erin (Tim) Trader, Chris (Joe) Bechard; 17 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Agnes Kellerman of Palos Heights, JoAnne Kania of DuBois, and Frances Kellerman of Pinckneyville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by three grandchildren, Zeb Pfeiffer, Kathryn Bringelson, and Dan Bringelson; and one brother, John Grzegorek.

Visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manteno.

Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Manteno.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley and Shriner’s Club.

Please sign her guestbook at


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