Photo: Obituary- VIGNA, Lois

Lois Gertrude Vigna

(nee Sandeno)

Age 81, of Gardner, IL passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home in Joliet, IL. 

Born January 20, 1938 in Dwight, IL to the late Joseph and May (nee Johnson) Sandeno. Lois was known for her hard work ethic.  She was first employed with Illinois Bell, then worked for the Gardner Bank, and eventually retired from R.R. Donnelly in Dwight.   She was an active member of the United Lutheran Church in Gardner, where she also played the organ and was the choir director.  She was the President of the Gardner Prairie Cemetery Board and an officer for several organizations, including music and athletic boosters.  Lois also helped establish the Junior Women’s Club in Gardner.  She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed delivering meals to the field and hosting holiday dinners for her family.  She was a caretaker for family members and friends.  Lois greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, but most of all loved watching her grandchildren at their sporting events and she recently looked forward to visits from her great-grandchildren.  She was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan. 

Surviving are her husband of sixty-one years, Bernard Vigna of Gardner, whom she married November 30, 1957; two sons, Dean (Melissa) Vigna of Coal City, IL and Dale (Pam) Vigna of Dwight; three grandchildren, Brianna (Chris) Schreiner, Cal Vigna, and Allison (Justin) Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Logan and Brooklyn Schreiner, and Payton Anderson; two sisters, Delores (Bill) Huston of San Diego, CA and Elaine Stonemark of Dallas, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Visitation for Lois will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, Braidwood, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 4-8 p.m.  Family and friends will meet at the United Lutheran Church: 309 Jefferson St.,Gardner, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. for funeral services.  Interment will follow in Gardner Prairie Cemetery, Gardner. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be directed to the United Lutheran Church or the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.  For more information and to sign her online guestbook please log on to or find us on Facebook at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory.