James Carl Marchese – Benton, IL

James Carl Marchese, 97, of Benton, IL,  passed away at 6:05 a.m., on Monday, December 3, 2018,  at Helia Healthcare of Benton, IL, after a brief illness.

He was born on July 7, 1921, to John and Marie (Miller) Marchese in Buckner, IL. He shared many years of marriage with his loving wife, Alfredia (Steinheimer) until she passed away on January 6, 2007.

James was a high school football, basketball, and baseball stand out. He then went into the United States Coast Guard, and served during World War II. Following, he worked as a plant manager for Long Airdox Corporation. James was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

James is survived by his one daughter, Cathy Washnock of Ipswich, Massachusetts; his one son, James K. Marchese and his wife, Jeanie, of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania; his four grandchildren, Mikkel Washnock, Lauren Washnock-Maldonado, Elizabeth Marchese, and Victoria Marchese-Sampson; his four great-grandchildren, Madelyn and David Washnock-Hanson, Isla and Tillman Washnock; and his nephew, Steve Stewart; and his niece Jayne Lau.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Alfredia Marchese,  parents, John and  Marie Marchese, one sister, Capitola Stewart, son-in-law, James A. Washnock and one niece, Iris Hampleman.

James loved watching sports, tending to his tomato and strawberry gardens, and playing cards, but most of all, he enjoyed spending precious time with family, especially his grandchildren.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main Street, Benton, IL.

As per families request, cremation will take place.

Services may be held at a later date.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

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