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Grace G. Kania

February 11, 1924 - June 02, 2017

Grace G. Kania (nee Zalokar), age 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Plainfield, IL on Friday, June 2. Grace was born on February 11, 1924 in Cicero, Illinois to the late Lena (nee Forster) and John Zalokar.

Grace is survived by her devoted husband Joseph Kania, daughter Linda (Mike) Pillatsch and grandsons Joseph and Matthew Pillatsch.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lena and John Zalokar, infant son Timothy Kania, brother Earl Zalokar, and his wife Helen (nee Kase) Zalokar.

Grace grew up in Cicero, IL, where she graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School in 1942. She and her mother Lena owned and operated a diner, the Gralee Eat Shop at the end of the streetcar line in Cicero.  She met her dear friends Inge and Heather while working at American Phenolic, and then met her husband Joe while working at Sunbeam. 

Grace and Joe married on July 17, 1954 and enjoyed over 62 years together.   After their wedding, they moved to Elmhurst (Yorkfield) and later retired in the Carillon community in Plainfield. 

Grace enjoyed the outdoors and spent many weekends and vacations with family in Michigan. Another favorite pastime was supporting her grandsons at their school and sporting events. 


Funeral Information

Family and friends will gather on Thursday, June 8 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. All are invited for a 12:00 noon interment Friday, June 9, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, IL 60421.

Donations Information

Grace's family would like to express appreciation for the wonderful care and support provided by the staff at Angel's Grace Hospice as her Alzheimer's disease progressed.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Angels for Hospice Charities at

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