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Joseph R. Safranek

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013

PAW PAW - Joseph Robert “Bob” Safranek, 85, of Paw Paw died Jan. 21, 2013 at Mendota Community Hospital after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the First Presbyterian Church, 398 Chicago Road, Paw Paw with Rev. Dr. Anne Hoflen and Rev. Ken Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Wyoming Township Cemetery in Paw Paw. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the church.

Mr. Safranek was born March 30, 1927 to Joseph and Sophie Safranek. He married Mary Jump on Aug. 6, 1953. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Mari (Deon) Dettore of Warroad, Minn. and Stephanie (John) Prentice of Paw Paw; one granddaughter; three grandsons; two brothers, Erwin Safranek (Anna Johnson) and Otto (June) Safranek, both of Paw Paw; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Sylvia Meyers and Kay Zimmerman.

He was preceded in death by his wife and one sister, Violet (Raymond) Rees.

Mr. Safranek grew up on the streets of Paw Paw. He proudly served his country during the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Navy, boatswain's mate 3rd class. After his service, he returned home and owned and operated Safranek's grocery store in Paw Paw. He later worked at General Electric in Dekalb as well as for the Illinois Tollway. He built, owned, and operated the laundromat in Paw Paw. He retired from his job as a janitor at NIU after more than 20 years of service. He was a member of the Smith-Reynolds American Legion Post 511. In his later years, he became an unofficial historian of Paw Paw.

Memorials may be directed to the American Legion or T.A.I.L.S. Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115.

For information, contact Torman Funeral Home at (815) 627-3811. Online condolences may be expressed at www.TormanFuneralHome.com.

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