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Claire Volini

Visitation Date: Monday, July 8, 2019
Visitation Time: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Funeral Date: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Funeral Time: 10:00 am
Place of Funeral: Corpus Christi Church
Funeral Notes: Family and friends are asked to gather at the funeral home Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
Interment: Calvary Cemetery

Claire (Morris) Volini, beloved wife of the late Camillo (Gene) Volini, sister-in-law of the late Marguerite Volini, Ph.D., loving mother of James Volini and the late Helen Volini Simon (1998), dear grandmother to Meg Simon Santoro and Dominick Volini, devoted great grandmother (Gma) to Luke, Leiana, Mariella, Alexa and Giovana.
Claire was born March 14, 1932 in Sioux City, Iowa. She was raised on a farm with a store by her mother, Alice Myrtle Campbell and her maternal grandmother. She grew up helping around the farm as well as in the store. Claire loved holidays when they would all go to Arnolds Park on Lake Okoboji. Her favorite way to enjoy the park was sitting by the water on the end of the pier. After high school, Claire and her best friend decided to move to the Big City of Chicago where she first worked for Montgomery Ward department store. Shortly after Montgomery Wards she started working for an insurance agency where she met the love of her life, Camillo “Gene” Volini. They were married on May 19, 1956 and were married for almost 60 years when Gene passed in 2016.
In 1960, they were one of the first couples to purchase a home on Bellwood Lane in Glenview, IL. The house backed up to the parking lot of St. Catherine Laboure church and Claire became known as the “Playground Lady” as each weekday she would monitor lunch recess as the children played in the church/school parking lot. Claire and Gene raised two children, Helen and Jim. The neighborhood filled up with families and they met many friends being parishioners of St. Catherine for 30 years. Entertainment was getting together with the kids, food and drink at each other’s homes. The friends they met on Bellwood Lane became their lifelong friends.
They retired in 1990 and moved to Spirit Lake, IA, where Claire’s dream of having a home on a lake came true. “Villa Volini”, as the home became known, had a pier to fish and dock the boat. For 15 years, Villa Volini was the home to visits from friends and family alike. It was a place Claire could once again enjoy sitting on the pier and watch the water and boats just like she did as a young girl.
Family called, and Claire and Gene moved to Rockfalls and eventually Carol Stream to be closer to Meg and the grandchildren. She took great pride in being a nurturing and devoted care giver to her husband Gene and sister-in-law Marguerite in their final years. Claire loved to watch her soap operas every day and to get in to some jammies, settle in with a good read and a nice cold beer on ice. While she always found great fulfillment in completing new projects, her greatest joy came from spending time with her grandchildren. They enjoyed several family vacations together travelling from Disney World to Branson, Missouri and everywhere in between!
Claire passed away peacefully on July 4, 2019. She will be greatly missed by all her family and her many friends.
Wake Monday 8th, 4 to 8pm
Salerno Rosedale Chapels
450 W Lake St, Roselle, IL 60172
(630) 889-1700
Funeral Tuesday 9th
Mass 10am
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
1415 W Lies Rd, Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 483-4673
Followed by internment:
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
301 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 864-3050
Luncheon to follow:
Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 733-1911

Funeral Home

Salerno's Rosedale Chapels

Phone: (630) 889-1700
Address: 450 W. Lake Street Roselle IL, 60172

Church Details

Corpus Christi Church

Phone: (630) 483-4673
Address: 1415 Lies Road Carol Stream IL, 60188
Service Date: July 9th 2019
Funeral Time: 10:00 am

Interment Details

Calvary Cemetery

Address: 301 Chicago Ave, Evanston Illinois, 60202


Posted by:
Kerry Garesche

Posted on:
Monday, July 8, 2019

Dear Meg and Jim, Thank you for writing such a beautiful tribute for 'Ma Volini'. Her photo is fantastic and cheering. I am so sorry for your family's loss, and how difficult her passing must be for you and your children. I've loved her since I was a teenager, a million years ago. She was generous of heart and opinion, funny, and so special to me. Over the years we'd check in with each other- seemingly always at important milestones for us both. At about the time my oldest was entering grammar school, she said, 'there will be days you are so proud of your kids, and other days when you are not so proud, but one thing you should always be able to say is at least my kids are clean and in clean clothes for school- every thing else you can blame on the kid- clean clothes are on you!' Her advice was always helpful. We promised each other a million times we'd meet up at Grandpa's Tavern in Glenview on the porch in the summer for a beer and a long laugh, but we never get back there. Someday I will go and sit out there will with a beer on ice and toast her, and be glad for her presence in so many seasons of my life. Know she will be missed, and was well loved.

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Posted on:
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Knowing you are in peace with Cam and with the love of all whom have gone befor you. May our Lord reward you with all the blessings you have given others. What an awesome celebration Heaven is having now!