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92_SR0554 LRB9218055HShs 1 SENATE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois State Senate were 3 saddened to learn of the death of former St. Clair County 4 Circuit Judge Jerome Francis Lopinot on Saturday, 5 September 28, 2002; and 6 WHEREAS, He was born March 29, 1925 in East St. Louis, 7 the son of Frank E. and Rose (Jerome) Lopinot; he was a 8 graduate of Central Catholic High School in East St. Louis 9 and Shurtleff College in Alton; in 1950 he graduated from St. 10 Louis University Law School; he was preceded in death by his 11 wife, Mary P. (Darmody) Lopinot; and 12 WHEREAS, Jerome Lopinot was a U.S. Navy World War II 13 veteran; he served in the Pacific Theater in the 98th 14 Construction Battalion SeaBees; and 15 WHEREAS, Mr. Lopinot was a prominent lawyer in Cahokia 16 and East St. Louis; for over 30 years he served as an 17 assistant state's attorney for St. Clair County and assistant 18 attorney general for the State of Illinois; he was a St. 19 Clair County associate circuit judge from 1988 to 1989 and 20 circuit judge from 1989 until his retirement in 1998; and 21 WHEREAS, He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of 22 Columbus, Leo Jerome Assembly in Cahokia, and past grand 23 knight of the Knights of Columbus 4596 of Cahokia; senior 24 counselor of the St. Clair County Bar Association; a member 25 of the Illinois Judges Association, the American Bar 26 Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the East St. 27 Louis Bar Association, the Cahokia Tricentennial Commission, 28 the Friends of the Cahokia Public Library District, the 29 American Legion Post 784, the Centreville Men's Club, and the 30 Kiwanis Club, the Cahokia Democratic Club, and the 31 LaGuinannee Singers; he was a charter member of the Cahokia 32 Optimist Club; and -2- LRB9218055HShs 1 WHEREAS, He was a member of one of the oldest families in 2 St. Clair County and spent his lifetime studying and 3 promoting the French heritage of Southern Illinois; he served 4 as historian of the Cahokia Tricentennial Commission and was 5 published as "The Ol' Timer" in vignettes about old Cahokia 6 in the Cahokia Herald; he had long established contact with 7 family in France and was planning a trip to Trinidad and 8 Tobago as part of an archaeological study of Lopinots there; 9 and 10 WHEREAS, His passing will be deeply felt by his family 11 and friends, especially his children, Vincent J. (Connie) 12 Lopinot, Joseph F. (Mary Greteman) Lopinot, M. Loretta 13 (Russell K. Scott) Lopinot, and M. Annette Lopinot; his 14 sisters, Faye Graham and Virginia (Forrest) DeRanek; his 15 grandchildren Andrew and Lucy Lopinot; and many family and 16 friends; therefore, be it 17 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SECOND GENERAL 18 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we note with sorrow 19 and regret the death of Judge Jerome Francis Lopinot and 20 extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends; and 21 be it further 22 RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this resolution be 23 presented to the family of Jerome Francis Lopinot.
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