Richard L. “Dick” Bellettini, 77, of Morris, Ill., and formerly of Coal City, Ill., and Ottawa, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at the Morris Hospital.
He was born March 25, 1936, to the late Mildred (Bry) and Primo Bellettini in Ottawa, Ill., where he was raised and educated, graduating from Marquette High School with the Class of 1954.
He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret “Peggy” (Bretag) Bellettini, who he married Oct. 6, 1956, at St. Columba Parish in Ottawa; beloved father of Karen (Raymond) Berta of Normal, Ill., Kirk (Rose-Anne) Bellettini of Seneca, Ill., and Kerrie (Joseph) Doglio and Karlene (Craig) Benson, both of Coal City; proud grandfather of Nicholas (Catherine) Berta, Alex Berta, the late Taira Bellettini, Britney (Brian) Olson, Loren and Morgan Bellettini, Ashley Doglio, Brianne Doglio and Natalie Benson; two step-grandchildren, Eric and Erin Wilson; two great-grandsons, Dayten Wood and Tanner Wallace; several nieces and nephews; and his special aunt, Mary Zanarini.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one granddaughter.
Mr. Bellettini was a dedicated retail grocer for many years, as the owner and operator of Bellettini Food Stores serving the communities of Sandwich, Ill., Seneca, Washburn, Ill., Wilmington, Ill., Spring Valley Ill., and Coal City. He was a member and past chairman of the Illinois Food Retailers Association. Dick and Peggy also operated the Montgomery Ward Catalogue Outlet and Bellettini TV and Appliance, both in Coal City. After retirement, he spent 13 years working for the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office.
Mr. Bellettini was also a member of the Coal City Lions Club, a former Grundy County Deputy Coroner, volunteer for the Coal City Fire Department Emergency Squad and board member of Assumption Catholic Church and Coal City Schools.
Dick enjoyed golf, playing cards and cooking, especially his famous rib eye sandwich.
Funeral services for Richard L. Bellettini will be Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morris, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Edward Howe is the celebrant. As it was Richard’s wish, cremation rites will be accorded following Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Immaculate Conception Church or Morris Hospital would be appreciated.
The visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 W. Route 6 at Deerpath Dr., Morris. For information, visit www.fredcdames.com or call 815-942-5040.