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Adolph J. “Cookie” Senica, 99 formerly of Oglesby died peacefully at 5 a.m. Feb. 3, 2013, in Illinois Veterans Home at La Salle.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Shields Funeral Chapel, Oglesby with a 10 a.m. Mass in Holy Family Church, Oglesby. The Rev. Gary Blake will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, La Salle with full military rites conducted by La Salle-Oglesby Veterans Memorial Group.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral chapel. The rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Oglesby American Legion will meet at 4 p.m., and the Oglesby Elks will meet in the funeral chapel at 5:30 p.m.
Cookie was born Oct. 13, 1913, in Oglesby to Frank and Anna (Butara) Senica. He married Mary Parola Sept. 13, 1938.
He co-operated Senica’s Grocery and Meats in Oglesby with his brother Frank and father. He was a member of Holy Family Church and served as secretary of the Holy Name Society for 43 years. He also served as a trustee of the church and successfully managed the bingo operation for many years.
Cookie was a member of Oglesby Elks, where he served as secretary for 15 years, the Oglesby American Legion for 67 years, the 83rd Infantry Division Association and Oglesby Civic Association.
He was a member and secretary of Oglesby AARP Tour Committee for 15 years and was a member the Slovenian National Benefit Society Lodge 2 for 80 years. He also was secretary of Retail Clerks Association.
He lived in Oglesby from childhood until he moved to the Illinois Veterans Home at La Salle in 2009. He was an avid sports fan playing softball well into his 40s and bowled in several leagues until his late 70s. He rooted for the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini.
He served with the Army in Germany during World War II.
Survivors are one son, James (Darlene) Senica of Germantown Hills; one daughter, Mary Ann McLeod of East Moline; two granddaughters, Jennifer McLeod of Phoenix, Ariz., and Nicole (Patrick) O’Brien of Carbon Cliff; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife on May 30, 1992; two brothers and one sister.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Illinois Veterans Home, the Alzheimer’s Association, Holy Family Church or Oglesby Elks Crippled Children’s Fund.