Francis S. “Fran” Rinella, 95, of Kewanee, died at 10:55 PM Friday, May 3, 2013 at Kewanee Care Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM on Wednesday, May 8, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Fr. Anthony Bernas will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Tuesday at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veteran’s Council . Memorials can be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church, Visitation School or the Henry County Senior Citizens.He was born on November 5, 1917 in Kewanee, the son of James and Pauline Soraino Rinella. He married Margaret J. Spets on September 22, 1951 in Kewanee. She preceded him in death on January 30, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Samuel J. Rinella, John P. Rinella, and Vincent Rinella and 1 sister, Josephine Rinella. He is survived by 2 sons, Michael (and his fiancé Rhonda Stevens) Rinella of Peoria and Steven (Salli) Rinella of Littleton, CO., 2 daughters, Jane Millman and Susan (Gregory) Christakos, both of Kewanee and 5 grandchildren, Beth Millman, Scott Millman, Nicholas Christakos, Kaitlin Christakos and Andy Rinella.
Fran attended Visitation Catholic School through 8th grade and then graduated from Kewanee High School in 1936. He served his country in the Army during WW II from 1943 to 1945 and was stationed in the U.S., England, Belgium, and Germany. He had attained the rank of Tech. Sergeant. He then worked in the office at S.J. Rinella from 1936 to 1979. He then worked in the office at the Henry County Senior Citizen Center from 1979 to 1997 and continued there as a volunteer worker until 2011. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and was active for many years doing countless jobs including money counter and Minister of Communion. He had also been an active volunteer at Visitation School and had been named an Honorary Visitation Giant in 2010. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed drawing, oil painting and rosary making. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.