Bessie L. Katich, 97, of Gillespie died at Heritage Health of Gillespie on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 10:15 a.m. She was born on January 3, 1922, in New Douglas to William Nitz and Edna (Kelly) Nitz. She married John J. Katich on September 20, 1941, in Wilsonville. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2001.
She was a homemaker. Bessie was a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid.
She is survived by her sons, Richard (Renee) Katich of Gillespie and Roger (Bev) Katich of Gillespie; grandchildren, Elise (David) Schwartz of Carlinville, Jennifer (Chris) Hailstone of Gillespie, Scott (Nikki) Katich of Gillespie, and Daniel (Kate) Katich of Batavia, IL; step-grandchildren, Kevin (Therese) Polo of Gillespie,Keith Polo of Italy, and Kristine (Anthony) Jarden of Bunker Hill; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Nitz of East Alton; and sister, Irene Elliston of Charlotte, MI.
Bessie was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; brothers, Clarence Nitz, John Nitz, and Delmar Nitz; and sisters, Jesse Spencer and Eileen DeSart.
Friends may call on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be Monday, June 10, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at SS Simon and Jude Church, Gillespie with Father Michael Haag officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie. Memorials are suggested to Partnership for Educational Excellence District 7 or Heritage Manor Activity Fund. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.