STERLING – John C. Lendman, 94, of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at his home.
John was born March 10, 1919, in Sterling, the son of Charles and Mary “Mae” (Gaffey) Lendman. He attended St. Mary Grade School and Community, now Newman Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1936. John married Mary Ellen Murphy on May 2, 1942, in Sterling. She preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 1992.
John worked at RB&W as a foreman for 34 years, retiring in 1984. John served his country in World War II in the Army. Having joined the Knights of Columbus in June of 1947, he took his Fourth Degree in February of 1949, in Chicago. John had remained active in the Knights ever since, in all offices of his Council, being elected Grand Knight on 2 occasions. He also served as council treasurer. He served as district deputy for 4 years, and as the program coordinator for the southern part of the Rockford diocese. John also served in all offices of the Father Mazzuchelli Assembly, becoming Faithful Navigator. He had been a member of the Father Boland Assembly since its founding. He also served as Faithful Admiral. He was awarded the Master’s Medallion in 1996, in Rockford. John was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, and had served as an usher, lector, and minister of Communion for many years, as well as being a member of the Liturgy Commission. He also helped count the Sunday collection on Monday mornings.
John served on the Whiteside County Board of Supervisors for four years, and had served as an election judge since 1985. John was program chairman of Newman Parents Organization for 2 years.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary (Lew) Hankes of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., and Peggy (Dennis) Eshleman and Jane (Roger) Verbout, both of Sterling; three sons, John W. Lendman of Rock Falls, Pat (Susie) Lendman of Sterling, and Tom (Lee) Lendman of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Betty Arnold of Peoria; one brother, Joseph (Patsy) Lendman of Dixon; 10 grandchildren, Kathleen Veren, James Shank, Julie Chaloupek, Michael Hankes, Suzanne O’Bryant, Michelle McKinley, Melissa Lendman, Jason Davila, David Verbout, and Martin Verbout; 10 great-grandchildren; and his caretaker, Irena Szkodzinska.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one sister, Ruth McKee; five brothers, James Lendman, Robert “Beanie” Lendman, Thomas Lendman, Fred Lendman, and William Lendman; and one daughter, Judy Shank.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 4:30 p.m., today at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. A prayer service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to St. Mary Catholic Church for organ repair.
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