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Joseph A. Waugh, Sr.

March 25, 1923 February 20, 2017
Joseph A. Waugh, Sr.
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Obituary for Joseph A. Waugh, Sr.

Joseph A. Waugh Sr., 93, of Peoria, IL, was surrounded by his loving family as he went peacefully home to the Lord on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Joseph was born on March 25, 1923, in Peoria to William and Josephine Waugh. He married the love of his life, Fredericka Dooley, on August 11, 1951. In August, they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. She survives.

Joseph also leaves behind four daughters, Suzanne Waugh-Masurat (Michael O’Sullivan) of Playa Del Rey, CA, Mary Ann (Dave) Findlay of Peoria, Barbara (Mark) Ruff of Peoria, and Karen (Jim) Schwindenhammer of Peoria; three sons, Joseph Jr. (Connie) Waugh, Timothy (Laura Booher) Waugh, and John (Darcy) Waugh all of Peoria; two brothers, Dave Waugh of Peoria and Fr. John Waugh of Wedron; two sisters, Elizabeth (Robert) Lehnhausen and Kathleen (Phil) Harney both of Peoria. Joseph also had twelve wonderful grandchildren, Jennifer, Angela, Michelle, Alison, Leslie, Jack, Erin, Megan, Ashley, Danny, Joseph, and Natalie; as well as three great-grandchildren, Aidan, Rowan, and Logan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William J. Waugh Jr.; his sister, Mary Jo Konvalinka; and great-granddaughter, Avery Schwindenhammer.

Joseph graduated from Spalding High School in 1941. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. where he remained very active until his death. He also served in The United States Army for two years during WWII in Rome, Italy.

In 1948, he founded Waugh Frozen Foods when South Side Bank took a chance on a young man and his dream. With his wife Freddie by his side, he was able to turn this dream into a multi-million dollar business, Waugh Foods. All his employees, customers, and suppliers dearly loved him. He was not just the face of Waugh Foods; he was the heart of the company. His smile would light up a room and he had a laugh that was truly contagious. While he received numerous awards in the food service industry for being a pioneer in the business, he will long be remembered for his integrity, honesty, and living by the ‘Golden Rule’. Those who knew him said his handshake was as good as gold. His word was truly his bond. He continued to be active in the business up until the time of his death.

Joseph’s greatest priority in life was to love and serve the Lord, his family, and his friends. He had a deep and enduring faith, attending daily mass from the young age of ten. Joseph and his family were active members of Holy Family Catholic Church for over fifty years. He was an active member of the congregation, serving as an alter boy, Eucharistic minister, lector, School Board President, and a Trustee. For over fifteen years, Joseph and his wife participated in an hour of adoration weekly.

Joseph was known as the life of the party with his signature drink of VO and water. He was always the last to leave and would light up a room. His stories are legendary amongst family and friends. As a die-hard Cub fan, one of his greatest memories was getting to see the Cubs finally win a World Series this year.

He was most proud of his marriage and seven children. His marriage was referred to as a love affair written in heaven. He was so proud of his children and who they had become as adults. And in the last months of his life, he was able to witness his children living by his selfless example. They all put their lives on hold to care for him, each one of them using their greatest gifts to make his last moments perfect and peaceful.

Family and friends have said, that the world has lost a good man, a dear friend, and the pain of his passing is softened in knowing God has welcomed him to his side forever.

He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

Joseph’s life will be celebrated with a visitation Friday, February 24, 2017, from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Holy Family Catholic Church in Peoria, IL. His funeral mass will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 11:00am at the Holy Family Catholic Church with a visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

24

Feb

4:00 PM 2/24/2017 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/24/2017 8:00:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Visitation

Saturday

25

Feb

10:00 AM 2/25/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/25/2017 11:00:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

25

Feb

11:00 AM 2/25/2017 11:00:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Midwest Affiliate

Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615
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