Jean Vujakovich, 91, of Kewanee, passed away at 1:58 AM, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Kewanee Care Home.Cremation has been accorded and private services will be held. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born November 21, 1921 in Kewanee, the daughter of George Fredrick and Florence Edith (McIntosh) Olson. She first married Giles “Chick” Pettitt and he preceded her in death in 1971. She then married Donald “Lefty” Vujakovich on July 21, 1978 in Las Vegas, NV. He survives, as do a son, Gary (Paula) Pettitt of Kewanee, three daughters, Terri Bates, Kathy Nimrick and Cindy (Richard) VanDeGenachte, all of Kewanee, eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ruth Millman.
Jean graduated from Kewanee High School in 1941. She had worked as a cook at Black Hawk East for 2 years and as a waitress at various Kewanee restaurants. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. She enjoyed horseback riding, swimming and dancing.