ROCHELLE — Tricia Ann Lodico, 47, passed away at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, on Friday, May 1, 2020 with her family and friends nearby.
Tricia was born on July 29, 1972 to Carroll and Jean (Good) Cordes at the Rochelle Community Hospital in Rochelle.
In 1990, she graduated from Rochelle Township High School, in 1992 from Kishwaukee College with her Associates Degree, in 1994 from Augustana College with her Bachelors in Biology and from Northwestern in 1997 with her Masters of Physical Therapy.
Tricia married her high school sweetheart, the love of her life, Kent Lodico, on Aug. 3, 1996 in Rochelle. According to Tricia, “There are no words to describe how perfect he is!”
Tricia worked as a physical therapist in several places: Nelson-Debes Nursing Home in Rockford, Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rochelle Community Hospital/MOI, Rochelle Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Infinity Rehab at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1994, a Sunday School teacher for 17 years and an elder of the church serving on the Christian Education Committee. She attended Tres Dias in the Spring of 2010 and was very active serving in various positions including on the Secretariat Board of Tres Dias.
Tricia was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, niece and friend. Her family was her everything. She loved watching and cheering on her kids, Riley and Bella, at their baseball, softball and basketball games. You could always hear her yelling her heart out, cheering her kids on at their travel sporting events. Each summer, she cherished her time up north with her family. She enjoyed spending time at home watching all types of movies, especially Hallmark movies, with her family. Additionally, it gave her great joy to bless others with her tie blankets and banners for Tres Dias.
Tricia was servant hearted, always putting the needs of others before herself. She was a pillar in the Tres Dias community, leading and serving on numerous weekends. Additionally, Kent and Tricia served on R.O.C.K. weekends inspiring youth to love and live for Christ. She inspired others to love Jesus, count their blessings and look for joy in every situation.
She is preceded in death by her two grandfathers, Orville Good Sr. and Donald Cordes.
Tricia is survived by her husband of 23 years, Kent; two children, Riley and Isabella; parents, Carroll and Jean Cordes of Rochelle; brother, Brad (Karen) Cordes of Libertyville; mother and father-in-law, Marva Lodico of Rockford, and Joe Lodico of Rochelle; brother-in-law, Kurt (Rhonda) Lodico of Rochelle; sister-in-law, Kris (Terry) Dunn of Rockford; and grandmothers, Virginia Good of Rochelle and Donna Cordes of Galesburg. She is also survived by her aunts, uncles and cousins, Kathy (Bill) Pifer, Orville (Linda) Good Jr., Diane (Jeff Schene) Good and Judy (Warren) Johnson; nieces and nephews, Chase (Haley) Lodico, Ariana, Trey, Aubrielle and Jack Lodico, Liam and Brody Cordes; honorary niece and nephews, Claudia, Braden and Quinton Casey and her best friends forever and ever, Dave and Sheryl Casey.
The family would like to thank this incredible community for the outpouring of love, cards, texts, meals and generous monetary donations during Tricia’s 3 ½ year battle with colon cancer. A gofundme account is currently being shared on Facebook.
There will be a visitation, unfortunately by invitation only, on Tuesday, May 5 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home. A private funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at the First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle with Pastor Doug Forsberg officiating. The service will be streamed live via the Unger-Horner Facebook page.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date for all of her loving family and friends. Cremation care will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Kent Lodico family.
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