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January 26, 2022

Robert Lee Koniak, 88, of Sawyerville, Ill., died at Hillsboro Rehab & Health Care, Hillsboro, on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. He was born March 18, 1933, in Benld, to Paul and Mary (Bella) Koniak. He married Patricia H. Fenwick on Jan. 13, 1957, in Mt. Olive, and she survives.

He was retired after having been an inspector for McDonnell Douglas. He enjoyed John Deere tractors and classic cars.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Koniak of Sawyerville; children, Linda (Keith) Satterlee of Rosamond, Robert P. Koniak of Columbia, Carol (Jeffrey) Hamby of Mt. Olive, Leeann (Jim) DeMartini of Benld, MaryBeth Koniak of Sawyerville; grandchildren, Ashley Beaman, Matthew (Lindsay) Koniak, Michael Koniak, Bridget Koniak, Ryan (Megan) Hamby, Dallas DeMartini, Andrew DeMartini, Adam DeMartini; great-grandchildren, Zaeden, Mason, Colton, Alyssa, Liam, Adam, Benjamin, Lucy; and siblings, Rose Salovich of Gillespie, Bill Koniak of Godfrey, and Frank Koniak of Gillespie. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, James Koniak, Paul Koniak; sister in infancy, Mary Koniak; brother-in-law, George Salovich; sisters-in-law, Alice Koniak and Eileen Koniak.

Friends may call on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Funeral services follow at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Adopt-A-Pet in Benld. Condolences may be left online at

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