Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Obit of Regina (Swanick) Hornickel

CHATSWORTH – Regina "Biddy" Hornickel, 89, of Chatsworth passed away at 8:25 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 25, 2015) at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth and one hour prior to Mass on Saturday at the church. Rosary service will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday prior to visitation. Burial will follow services at Germanville Township Cemetery in rural Chatsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to H.O.P.E. Church or S.E.L.C.A.S. Regina was born on Feb. 1, 1926, at home in Roberts, a daughter of James and Regina (Kemmer) Swanick. She married Harold Hornickel on April 19, 1947, and they were married for nearly 66 years. He passed away on April 3, 2013. She is survived by her sons, Jim (Bev) of Normal, Dennis (Gayle) and David (Ann Hanson, special friend), all of Chatsworth; one daughter, Rosemarie (Steve) Umland of Champaign; nine granddaughters, Emily (Jay) Fleischmann, Trisha (Neal) Murphy, Abby (Michael) Bradley, Stephanie Doss (fiance Nick Zmia), Mandi Hornickel, Lindsey Hornickel (Scott Hay), Jessica Hornickel, Bethany Chilsted (Jason Martin, special friend), and Brittany Myers (Adam French, special friend); five great-grandchildren, Shafer and Harper Fleischmann, Adam Doss, Bianca Hay and Eliana Murphy; and one sister, Rosanna Dupree of Tucson, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Francis Swanick; and two sisters, Dolores Swanick and Grace Bachtold. Regina was educated in the Roberts schools, graduating from Roberts High School. Prior to getting married, she worked at State Farm for four years. Regina met Harold taking lunch out to the threshermen in the fields. They were married and she stayed home with the kids and sold Avon for a number of years. She was a member of Germanville Club, Kitchen Band, Altar and Rosary Society, Charlotte Home Extension and many bridge clubs. Regina enjoyed traveling, playing cards, bingo, baking, gardening, reading and crocheting. Most of all, she loved her family and spending time with them. She leaves behind her special buddy, Blackie the cat. Regina was a loving mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt and friend who will be greatly missed. This obituary may be viewed and condolences left for the family at

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