Julia Joan Romano (Whisler) 96, Born February 22, 1926, Bushnell, IL to Melvon Rufus and Nora Belle (Hatch) Whisler. Norridge Resident since 1957. Beloved wife of Michael “Mike / Mickey” for 70 years; He preceded her in death on November 16, 2014. Loving mother of Michael (Betty) Romano Jr. and Marlene (Thomas) Lesko; Loving grandmother of Michael C. (Jennifer) Romano, Joseph (Krys) Romano, Claudia (Josh) Romano-Olson, Brandon (Paige) Lesko, Tina Restivo-Hock, Tom Restivo, and Michael (Kim) Restivo; great-grandmother of Tyler Holt, Christian and Samuel Hock, Mia Restivo, Zoe Romano, Anthony Restivo, Joey Romano, and Piper Rain Romano.
She is survived by three sisters Alice Hobbs, Dorthey Polter and Elizabeth McGrew. Preceded in death by her beloved husband Michael Romano Sr. and three brothers Ralph, George, and Dale Whisler, and two sisters Martha Eddington and Abbie Stach.
Julia was recruited right out of High School by Western Union to become a Calligrapher during World War II. Moved to Chicago by Western Union and put up in an apartment with 3 other women who were recruited by Western Union. In Chicago she met the love of her life, Michael. After a two-week whirlwind romance, he returned to Abilene, Texas waiting orders. He contacted Julia and asked her to marry him before he was sent overseas for four years with the 12th Armored Division in Europe as a Sergeant. Julia took a train down to Texas to be married on August 22, 1944, at Camp Barkley Texas. Julia was married for a little over 70 years to the LOVE OF HER LIFE, when GOD called him on November 16, 2014.
Visitation Wednesday, June 29, 2022, from 3-7 p.m. at Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, IL 60706 (708-456-8300). Funeral service will take place Thursday June 30, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a procession to Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Baptist Village, 4747 N. Canfield Ave., Norridge, IL 60705 (708-583-8500) or Rainbow Hospice, 1550 Bishop Ct., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 (847-685-9900)