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James J. Bongartz

August 18, 1950 October 28, 2009
James J. Bongartz
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PEORIA-James “J.J.” Bongartz, 59, of Peoria, passed away at 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on August 18, 1950 in Peoria to James M. and Marian Bonath Bongartz. He married Gail J. Wolwark on November 24, 1986 in Peoria. She survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Meghan Bongartz of Chicago and Caitlin Bongartz of Peoria; one son, Jesse Bongartz of Peoria; one brother, Bill Bongartz of Punta Gorda, FL; two sisters, Kathleen (Gary) Brashear of Dunlap and Carolyn (Brian) Ward of Pekin; and he was surrounded by loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. He worked at Specialty Distributing for many years. He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights and a lifelong Chicago White Sox Fan. The sparkle in his eyes showed how much he loved his family. He was very proud of his garden and enjoyed playing with his dog. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Thomas Church with Rev. Thomas Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Sunday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Additional visitation will be one hour before the Mass on Monday at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to James J. Bongartz Benefit Fund c/o CEFCU. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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