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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  their  sincere condolences to the family and friends
 4    of Joseph E. Thomas of Belleville, Illinois, who passed  away
 5    on September 24, 2001; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Joseph E. Thomas was born on January 1, 1936 in
 7    East St. Louis, Illinois to Carroll and Gertrude Thomas; and

 8        WHEREAS, Mr. Thomas was a retired maintenance foreman who
 9    spent 38 years with  Monsanto  Chemical  Company;  after  his
10    retirement,  he  worked  at  Midwest  Laser and Engraving; in
11    addition, he was a veteran of the United States Army; and

12        WHEREAS, Mr. Thomas was a member of  St.  Matthew  United
13    Methodist  Church, the Gothic Lodge 852 AF & AM, the Scottish
14    Rite Bodies, and the Ainad Shrine,  a  Past  Associate  Grand
15    Guardian  of the State of Illinois of the International Order
16    of Job's Daughters, a  life  member  of  the  Parent  Teacher
17    Association  at  Dewey  School,  and a member of the Monsanto
18    Foreman's Club; and

19        WHEREAS, The passing of Joseph Thomas will be deeply felt
20    by all who knew and loved him, especially his  wife,  Gwyneth
21    E. Thomas; his son, Dennis J. Thomas; his daughter, Elaine J.
22    (husband, Newlyn) Thomas-Horton; his sisters, Betty (husband,
23    Don)  Graham,  Jean  (husband,  Henry)  Calbreath, and Yvonne
24    (husband, J.C.) McDaniel; his mother-in-law, Iva Prince;  his
25    sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Velda and Tom Gerstenecker;
26    his  nieces  and nephews; his great-nieces and great-nephews;
27    and his great-great-niece; therefore, be it

29    ASSEMBLY  OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
30    all  who  knew  him,  the  death  of  Joseph  E.  Thomas   of
31    Belleville, Illinois; and be it further
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 1        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 2    presented to the family of Joseph E. Thomas with our  sincere
 3    condolences.

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