Photo:  Luella Rooney of Seneca  1925 - 2021

Luella Rooney, 95, of Seneca, passed away peacefully Friday, September 10, 2021 at her home in Seneca.

Luella was born September 18, 1925 in Streator Illinois to Warren and Mable Johnson. She spent her early years growing up on the Johnson homestead south of Seneca.  Luella graduated from Seneca High School in 1943, and in 1947 was married to Bernard W Rooney at Sacred Heart Church in Kinsman. She spent her entire life in Seneca raising a family of four children while supporting the family farm north of Seneca. She was employed at Ellis Hardware store for over 20 years and enjoyed interacting with the community and was loved by all. Although Bernard passed away in 1980, Luella continued to live a life devoted to family and friends, always offering a meal, a cold drink, or a strong shoulder to lean upon.

Luella was a devoted member of St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca and dedicated member of the St. Patrick’s Alter and Rosary Society. Luella enjoyed decorative painting and crafting.

Luella is survived by her three children, Terry (Carol) Rooney, Tom (Laura) Rooney and Patty (David) Osborne; eleven grandchildren, Erin Rooney, Alison Straitiff, Shannon Rooney, Patrick Griffin, Kelsey Monroe, Warren, Braden and John Rooney, Vanessa Musser, Kaitlyn Funk, and Michael Osborne and seventeen great grandchildren.

Luella was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bernard; her daughter, Barbara (Jerry) Griffin in 2009 and her siblings, Lloyd (Mae) Johnson, Florence (Elwin) Dunn, and Howard Johnson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 15th at St Patrick’s Church in Seneca with Rev. Alexander Millar officiating.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 14th from 4:00 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m. at the Osborne-Nelson  funeral home in Seneca. Masks will be required to attend Luella’s Funeral Services.

Readers will be Kaitlyn Funk, Ali Straitiff, and Vanessa Musser.  Gifts will be presented by Kelsey Monroe and Erin and Shannon Rooney.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Warren Rooney, Braden Rooney, John Rooney, Michael Osborne, Patrick Griffin and Dylan Lydic.

Honorary pallbearer will be Robert “Bob” Hollenbeck.

Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Church.

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