PRINCETON — Gerald L. "Chips" Giovanine, 77, of Princeton died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Liberty Village in Princeton.
He was born Aug. 31, 1936, in DePue to Angelo and Johanna (Leonard) Giovanine. He married Mary Ellen Tonkinson Jan. 13, 1956, in Carthage.
He was a life-long educator and coach who spent 54 years in public education. He was a loving husband, brother, father and grandfather; and a teacher, coach and mentor to generations of young people.
He was at Bureau Township Schools from 1958 to 1961, Western Community Schools from 1961 to 1977, LaSalle-Peru from 1977 to 1993; and the Bureau/Stark/Henry County Regional Office of Education from 1993 to 2012. He received his education at DePue Schools, Western Illinois University (undergraduate and graduate, M.S.,Ed., C.A.S. in Educational Administration).
He was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton, several coaching associations and various associations with an educational focus.
Surviving are his wife; one brother, Norman; one sister, Delores (Pat); two children, Jill (Brian) Cardosi and Grey (Kelly) Giovanine; five grandchildren, Jason (Molly) Cardosi, Jessica (Kris) Turner, and Grey, Reid and Luke Giovanine; and one great-granddaughter, Norah Cardosi.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton and to Western Illinois University, where funds will be established in his name.
The Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.