Jennie E. Ciesinski

February 9, 1930 ~ September 3, 2021 (age 91)


Jennie Elizabeth Ciesinski, 91, of Machesney Park, IL passed away on September 3, 2021.  Jennie was born in Rockford in 1930 but spent the majority of her life in the Chicago area before returning to Machesney Park to be near her daughter in 2006.  She met her late husband Hilary at work, fell in love, married in 1950 and had two daughters.  They enjoyed 46 years together raising their children, cooking together, working puzzles and having long conversations in the morning over coffee.  In retirement they enjoyed several trips to Las Vegas. 

After Hilary’s death in 1996, Jennie became an avid bowler and enjoyed traveling to tournaments with her friends.  She was a great listener and could often be found in the grocery store listening to the life story of a complete stranger.  In recent years she found adult coloring to be a relaxing hobby and created many beautiful pages.  She loved children and always found a way to support St. Jude Children's Hospital.  

Jennie is loved and will be missed by her brother, Joseph Amendola; daughter, Cheryl (Gary) Waszkowiak; and many loving friends, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Maria Amendola; husband, Hilary Ciesinski; daughter, Joanne Santella; brother, Frank Amendola; and sister, Mary Carmella Willey. 

A private family service will be held.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.    



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