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Steve Jablonsky

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – Steve Jablonsky, 90, of Dixon, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Anam Care in Rockford. He was an acoustical contractor for 43 years for Airtite Inc. in Dixon before his retirement in 1989.

Steve was born Dec. 17, 1923, in Phillips, Wisconsin, the son of Andrej and Judita (Balintova) Jablonsky. He married the love of his life and the one he could not live without, H. Virginia Schmidt, on June 8, 1946, in Chicago. She preceded him in death on March 7, 2014. Steve served in the Army 82nd Airborne during World War II, and was on the honor guard team for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Steve was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Dixon, Dixon Elks Lodge Benevolent Protective Order of Elks 779, and past exalted ruler.

Survivors include one son, Tim (Becky) Jablonsky of Dixon; two daughters, Jill (Tom) Grindle of Belvidere, and Penney (John) Burke of Harvard; seven grandchildren, Nicky Dilger, Carrie (Shawn) Bibby, Shawn (Jennifer) Longanecker, Chad (Hannah) Rakowski, David (Jadine) Rakowski, Todd (Amber) Wells, and Ami (David) Vautsmeier; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Paul, Mike, Andrew, and Steven Jablonsky; and one sister, Julia Jablonsky.

Entombment and full military graveside honors, provided by the Dixon combined veterans organizations, will be at 10 a.m Friday at Riverside Cemetery Mausoleum in Sterling. Cremation rites have been accorded. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.

A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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