OBITUARY: Jose ‘Joe’ Corona

Jose “Joe” Corona, 94, died surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 18, 2021, at his Newton residence.

He was born June 11, 1927, in Waukegan, Ill., to Gertrudes K. and Casimira (Gutierrez) Corona. On Aug. 30, 1947, he married Cecelia Estrada at Newton, and she survives of the home.

Jose retired as a crane operator for the former Santa Fe Railroad and was a faithful member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He served over 25 years at the church in Adoration every Friday night for an hour of praying.  He was the biggest sports fan, especially the Royals and KC Chiefs.  He was always willing to help whenever he could.  He took his brother and brother-in-law to the doctor’s appointments whenever they needed

He is survived by his wife, Cecelia of the home; daughters Gloria DeLeon, Ramona (Larry) Watson and Rachel (Saeid) Hamidi; sons Esteban Corona, Robert Corona (Maria), Richard Corona and Joseph Corona (Susan), and two brothers, Frank and Lupe Corona. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gavino and Jose Corona, and three sisters, Georgia Arellano, Esther Davila and Ramona Corona.

A graveside service with military honors for the family will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery Newton with the Rev. Jorge Lopez presiding. There was no public visitation, but a register book was available for friends to sign from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


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