Freminnie D. Jodoin (nee Moccio), 59, of Riverside and formerly of Forest Park, died on Jan. 18, 2016. Born on Aug. 7, 1956, she was co-owner of Jimmy’s Place on Madison Street in Forest Park.
Laurie Kokenes, executive director of the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce recalled meeting Ms. Jodoin nearly 40 years ago.
“We were both working in our father’s businesses — Frem at Sav-er Groceries and me at the [Forest Park] Review,” Kokenes said. “No matter what she was dealing with, she would always share her remarkable laugh, give you a big hug and ask how things were going in your life.”
Longtime Forest Park Review columnist and Forest Park resident Jackie Schulz knew Ms. Jodoin before she married her husband, James.
“Her family was in the business,” Schulz said, so she knew all about how to run a restaurant, how to order, how to handle people. She brought all the recipes and did the cooking at first.”
Fenwick history instructor and faculty mentor Jerry Lordan noted that the walls at Jimmy’s Place are a photographic journey through the years her children were at Fenwick.
Ms. Jodoin is survived by her husband, James M. Jodoin; her children, Maura, Bria, and Jimmy; her parents, Emily and the late James Moccio; her siblings, Bartholomew and James (Liana) Moccio and Zalena (Kerry) Kersting; her sisters-in-law, Jean (Christine) Jodoin and Michelle Jodoin; and her nieces and nephews, Vincent and Oriana Moccio and Slater, Marlee and Jake Kersting.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Bernardine Church in Forest Park on Jan. 25, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorial donations are appreciated to the West Suburban Special Recreation Association, www.wssra.net.
Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, Oak Park, handled arrangements.