Dr. Joseph J. Kerwin

LEAF RIVER – Dr. Joseph J. Kerwin, DDS, 64, died Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford. Born Sept. 12, 1953 in Chicago, the son of Joseph J., Sr. and Mary Eileen (Ormond) Kerwin. 

Married to Wendy Schelling Feb. 3, 2005 in St. John, Virgin Islands. Joe was a 1971 graduate of Leo High School in Chicago, a 1975 graduate of Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle and a 1979 graduate of University of Illinois Dental School in Chicago. He began his ongoing dental practice in Oregon in 1979. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and a current member of the Leaf River Lions Club. Joe was an avid Chicago White Sox fan and enjoyed snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, golfing and bowling.

Survived by his wife, Wendy Kerwin of Leaf River; daughter, Colleen Kerwin of Bartlett; step-sons, Scott Snyder of German Valley and Brian (Amie) Schelling of Leaf River; grandchildren, Joseph and Olivia Snyder of German Valley; twin brother, John Joseph (Charlene) Kerwin of Frankfort; brothers, Thomas (fiance Pat Job) Kerwin of Crest Hill and Michael (Mary) Kerwin of Romeoville; sisters, Mary Miller of Naperville, Sharon (Donald) Pippin of Chicago, Patricia (Randy) Brezina of Bolingbrook and Julie (Brian) Slattery of Tinley Park.

Preceded in death by his parents and son, Joseph J. "Joey" Kerwin, III.

Christian Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 11 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Joseph Naill as celebrant. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery, rural Leaf River. Visitation was Thursday 4-8 p.m. in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon with an 8 p.m. Rosary Service. A memorial fund has been established to Prostate Cancer Research.



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