Joseph Mitsdarfer

VILLA GROVE – Joseph Charles Mitsdarfer, 92, of Villa Grove died at 11:27 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 12, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Villa Grove, with Father Paul Skelton and Father Luke Spannagel officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, rural Pesotum.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Monday) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove, is handling arrangements.

Mr. Mitsdarfer was born Dec. 20, 1920, in Crittenden Township, Ill., a son of Charles and Cecelia (Hausmann) Mitsdarfer.

He married Marcella Letz on April 23, 1946. She died March 1, 2002.

Surviving are three sons, Richard J. (Carol) Mitsdarfer of Flushing, Mich., Kenneth C. (Jeanelle) Mitsdarfer of Charleston and Dennis J. (Connie) Mitsdarfer of Villa Grove; three daughters, Carol A. (Michael) Miller of Champaign, Barbara M. (Bob) Smith of Dixon and Linda K. (Mark) Jackson of Champaign; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward (Ann) Mitsdarfer of Philo and Robert (Ramona) Mitsdarfer of Longview; and one sister, Mary Ann (Bernie) Hammel of Champaign.

Mr. Mitsdarfer was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Mr. Mitsdarfer was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Villa Grove, a lifetime member of and past grand knight and financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus Council 3059 in Tuscola, and a lifetime member of the Villa Grove Moose Lodge.

He retired from the University of Illinois Agronomy Department in 1983 after 34 years of service.

Joe loved to bowl with Marcella; he was men's high individual series in 1966 to 1967, and he and Marcella won second place in the early mixed doubles in 1967 to 1968.

He also loved to play bingo. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Fighting Illini fan.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.

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