LaSalle County

Josephine Horzen


Sources and dates unknown (prob. La Salle IL, c. 24 Oct 1975)


Rites for Mrs. Horzen Monday

Rites for Mrs. Josephine Horzen, 79, of 649 Eighth St., La Salle, will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Shimkus-Helmer Funeral home, with a concelebrated Mass offered at 10 a.m. in St. Roch's church. The main celebrant will be her son, the Rev. Bernard Horzen of St. Bede abbey. Burial will be in St. Vincent's cemetery.

Visitation will be at 2-9 p.m. Sunday, with a Rosary at 8 p.m.

Mrs. Horzen was born in Yugoslavia, Jan. 29, 1896, to Joseph and Maria Gorisek Kukman. She married Anton Horzen, Feb. 1, 1915, in St. Roch's church.

She was a member of St. Roch's church and its Altar and Rosary society, the Slovenian Women's union, the SNPJ lodge 2 and the St. Martin's lodge of the KSKJ.

She and her husband operated a grocery store in La Salle from 1922 to 1938, then farmed near DePue until 1946, when they retired.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. John (Josephine) Foley of La Salle; two sons, Rev. Bernard Horzen and Frank Horzen of Fontana, Calif.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Anna Bregar of Chicago and Mary in Europe; six brothers, Joe, Frank, Louis and Anton of Chicago, and two brothers in Europe.



Services for Mrs. Josephine Horzen, 79, of 649 Eighth St., La Salle, were Monday morning at 9:30 at the Shimkus-Helmer Funeral home and at 10 a.m. in St. Roch’s church.

The main celebrant of the concelebrated Mass was Mrs.

Horzen’s son, the Rev. Bernard Horzen. Concelebrants were the Rev. Richard Fitzsimmons, the Rev. Claude Peifer, the Rev. Benedict McKean, the Rev. Theodore Fuertges, the Rev. Kevin Gorman, The Rev. Thomas Stanton and the Rev. Eugene Lauer.

In the sanctuary were Msgr. Joseph Kapala, the Rev. Nobert Tibesar and Brother Luke Honrath. The choir was composed of the Rev. Marion Balsavich, the Rev. Ambrose Hessling and Brother Samuel.

The readings at the Mass were by Mrs. Horzen’s grandson, Jim Foley.

Burial was in St. Vincent’s cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers from the Altar and Rosary society were Mrs. Jennie Gnidovic, Mrs. Frances Ahcin and Mrs. Mary Piletic and from the Slovenian Women’s Union, Mrs. Christine Drnach, Mrs. Mary Gornic and Mrs. Ann Ravnikar.

Pallbearers were Jack and Jim Foley, Ken Golden, Gordon Gray, Anton Kastigar and Anton Horzen.

Edward Kucic, national president of the American Slovenian Catholic Union, conducted lodge services.



We wish to express our gratitude to friends, relatives and neighbors for their sympathy and Mass acres, memorials, flowers, prayers and food donations during our recent sorrow, the death of our Mother. A special thanks to staff at Spring Valley Medical Clinic, Doctor Kukancic and St. Margaret’s Hospital, Fathers Zeleznikar, Fitzsimmons and Kassociv, Mr. Goerge Helmer and the many priests and sisters attending the funeral. May God grant you who have helped our Mother and us an abundance of blessings.

Mrs. John Foley, Frank Horzen, Rev. Bernard Horzen.


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