|Birth: ||Jul. 22, 1929, Italy|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 2012|
MAGNOLIA — Robert G. Cimei, 83, of Magnolia, passed away at 3:16 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cumberland Cemetery in rural Magnolia. Pallbearers will be Alfred "Fred" Cimei, Steven Elias Jr., Patrick and Justin Mertel, Joshua Gallup, Chris and Robert Kitchens, Andrea Scheuer, Ashley Applebee and John Pedelty.
Born July 22, 1929, in Italy, he was the son of Alfredo and Carmella (Vespa) Cimei. He married Helen Ringer on Nov. 23, 1953, in Ottawa. She survives in Magnolia.
He also is survived by daughters, Julia Kitchens, of Wenona, Cindy Larrson, of Australia, Cristal Cimei, of Magnolia and Denise (Tim) Schoepke, of Henry; a son, Alfred "Fred" (Jenny) Cimei, of Streator; grandchildren, Heather Kitchens, of Texas, Chris (Laura) Kitchens, of Washington, Andrea (Eric) Scheuer, of Dwight, Joanna (Mike Hester) Kitchens, of California, Robert (Tracy) Kitchens, both of Washington, Matthew (Jenna) Larrson, of Australia, Yvonne (Grant) Reagan, of Australia, Steven Elias Jr., of Magnolia, Justin Mertel, of Chicago, Patrick Mertel, of Texas, Joshua Gallup, of Iowa, Ashley (Larry) Applebee, of Ottawa, Hunter Cimei, of Streator, and Zack Ward, of Streator; great-grandchildren, Presley, Shelby, Scarlett and Cali, of Texas, Jake and John Roy, of Washington, Avery and Esbon, of Dwight and Alex, Jocelyn of California, Lucy and Susie, of Washington, Noah and Scarlet, of Australia, and Makenzie, Haley and Madison, of Ottawa; brothers, George (Betty) Cimei, of McNabb, and William (Barb) Cimei, of Florida; a son-in-law, John Pedelty; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Roberta "Bobbie" Pedelty; sisters, Nancy Toliver and Clara* and Julia;* and brothers, Alfredo and Nicholas Cimei.
Born in Italy, Robert lived most of his lifetime in the rural Magnolia area "Cimeiville." He attended Magnolia Grade School and Swaney High School.
He worked for Owens Illinois Glass Company as a machine operator and tank foreman for 34 years.
Robert lived his entire life for his family. He was Cimeiville. He loved to hunt mushrooms and fish. He was a kid at heart and the love poured over into all of his children and their children. He will be missed dearly.
Source: The Times, Ottawa, Illinois, Monday, December 24, 2012.
*Note: The obituary of Robert's sister, Nancy Toliver, notes two "stepsisters [sic]," and the obituary of his mother, Carmella (Vespa) Cimei, notes that Carmella was preceded in death by two daughters, leading to the presumption that Julia and Clara Tuchella were Robert's half-sisters, not step-sisters. "Tuchella" is likely a phonetic spelling of their surname. Found in the Illinois Statewide Death Index is Julia Tuccilla, died November 15, 1922, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, and Clara Tuccella, died March 7, 1919, South Fork Twp., Christian Co., Illinois. The relationships of these two are not confirmed, but they are noted here to demonstrate alternative spellings of the surname and, perhaps, provide clues for interested parties.
Alfredo R. Cimei (____ - 1962)
Carmella Vespa Cimei (1899 - 1992)
Roberta Cimei Pedelty (1959 - 2006)*
Alfred R. Cimei (1924 - 2009)*
Nick Joseph Cimei (1925 - 2006)*
George Cimei (1927 - 2014)*
Robert G. Cimei (1929 - 2012)
Nancy Marie Cimei Toliver (1931 - 2011)*
Created by: HJ
Record added: Dec 26, 2012
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Added: Dec. 26, 2012