October 29, 1921- February 8, 2014
Funeral Mass for Toni Pittman, 92, of Jefferson will be 10:00 am Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. Interment will be at Franklin Township Cemetery, Cooper, Iowa. Visitation will be after 11:00 am Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. with a Prayer Service to follow at 7:00 pm. Memorials are suggested to the family and may be left at Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home.
Ruby Pauline Pittman, known as Toni, was born October 29, 1921 at Galesburg, Illinois. She was the daughter of Nicholas Rodich and Pauline Palich Rodich.
Toni was the first family member of her generation to be born in America. Her parents were from Janova, Yugoslavia, and spoke Croatian. Toni had seven brothers and sisters, and a half-brother from Yugoslavia.
Toni was very outgoing about her Catholic faith. She prayed the Rosary every night. Her favorite saint to pray through was St. Anthony. She would often spend her time praying for others in need. She would many times go without something so that she could buy something for others.
Christmas was a very special time for Toni and her family. They would often leave the Christmas tree up until the month of March so they could enjoy the lights.
Toni loved music and loved to dance. On December 8, 1950, Toni was united in marriage to Harold “Bud” Pittman in Mexico. They made their home in California. They were the parents of three children: Michael, Paula, and Joe. Toni worked as a waitress for many years and also for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Toni also managed a Dance and Dramatic Art Studio for many years.
Toni Pittman died February 8, 2014 at her home in Jefferson. She was 92 years of age. Preceding her in death was a son Michael in 2009; her parents; brothers and sisters.
Toni is survived by her husband Bud Pittman of Jefferson, IA; her daughter: Paula (Wyatt) Upton of Jefferson, IA, and grandson Dion McDermott and great-granddaughter Xandra McDermott; grandson Justin (Malia Allen) Cosnotti and great-granddaughters Layla and Kalani Allen, and granddaughter Kandi Upton; and her son Joe (Kathy) Pittman of Jefferson, IA and grandson Chris (Mindy) Dzuris and great-grandchildren Kinley Dzuris, Mariah Durlam, and Gavin Durlam; grandson Kelly (Liesl) Dzuris and great-granddaughters Aurara and Mila Dzuris, and granddaughter Karla (Denny) Dzuris and great-grandchildren Madeline McCarthy, Makenna Dzuris and Mason Dzuris; her brothers: Michael Rodich and Frank (Sandy) Rodich both of Galesburg, IL; other relatives and friends.Information provided by: Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home 119 West Lincolnway PO Box 108 Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515.386.2171 www.sliningerrossowfuneralhome.com