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Beverly PomijeMarch 30, 1932 ~ November 15, 2017 (age 85)
Beverly (Kalina) Pomije, 85, of Peru died peacefully in her home on November 15, 2017.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 AM Saturday in St. Patrick’s Church in La Salle with the Very Rev. Paul Carlson officiating. Visitation will be in the church on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of services. Cremation will follow services with burial at a later date. The Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bev was born in New Prague, MN on March 30, 1932 to James and Adeline (Bilek) Sindelar. She graduated from New Prague High School in 1948, worked as a typist for the International Milling Company. Then, she moved to Faribault, MN in 1949 where she was employed as personal secretary to the credit manager at Northern States Power Company. She married Francis “Fritz” Kalina in August of 1950. They had six children: David (born and died in 1951), Mark, Katie (deceased in 2009), Jim, Jeff (deceased in 2006), and John. Bev was also employed by the Rice County Courthouse then assistant credit manager at Sears and retired as a service rep for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. Her husband passed away in 1972. She then married Dr. Robert Pomije in 1974 and moved to Illinois, where her husband was the superintendent of LP High School. Bev was a Eucharistic Minister for many years, a member of St. Anne’s Sodality, the Ladies of Charity all at St. Patrick’s Church in La Salle. She served as Ladies Chairman of Deer Park Country Club in 1986. She was also employed in the dental office of Dr. Kenneth LeCocq. Her marriage to Robert increased her family by many stepchildren, who quickly became her children: Deb (Mike) Forkins, Sharon Olson, Arlene Pomije (deceased in 2011), Nannette (Jim) Greenfield, Bob Pomije, Jr. (deceased in 2001), Richard (Cheryl) Pomije, Mary Pomije, Tom (Jane) Pomije, and Susan (Clayton) Bosquez. Bev is also survived by 24 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her brother-in-law Lee Mamer.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Fritz, by the aforementioned children, her brother James in 2003, her sister Arlene Mamer in 2012, and her second husband Dr. Robert Pomije in 2016.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Church, St. Bede Academy, Horizon House, or the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.