Joshua J. “Josh” Wilson, 12, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. A funeral Mass celebrating his life was held Wednesday, July 31 at St. Malachy’s Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula officiated. A visitation was held Tuesday, July 30 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo, where a scripture service was held. Memorials may be left to the Joshua Wilson Memorial Fund. Cremation rites were accorded following the service.
Josh was born on Sept. 26, 2000, in Encinitas, Calif., the son of Jennifer Higgins and Jeffrey Wilson. He was a student at Geneseo Middle School and had just finished sixth grade in June. He had attended first through fifth grades at St. Malachy’s Catholic School.
Josh was a green belt in Tae Kwon Do and could build anything with Legos in no time. He was artistic and liked to doodle a lot. Josh loved airplanes and had the opportunity to fly an airplane at the Geneseo Airpark. He liked to go to the movies with his mom and watch old cartoons or play Just Dance with his sister. Josh enjoyed video games, swimming, and hanging out with his cousins. He was a loving and sweet boy.
Survivors include his mother, Jennifer Higgins; father, Jeffrey Wilson; sister, Jenelle; grandparents, Marie Higgins, James Wilson and Joan Younglove; godmother, Elspeth Gilbert; godfather, Joseph Higgins; aunts, Jeanne Roppolo, Judith (Lowell) Gilbert and Janet (Joseph) Guide; uncles, James Higgins III, Joseph Higgins, Jody Wilson and Christopher Wilson; cousins, Prema Higgins, Dina Sweet, Justin (Jenny) Roppolo, Elspeth Gilbert, Tina (Kenneth) Allen, Gina Guide, Jenna Guide, Matthew Sweet, Samantha Sweet, Kea Roppolo, Daniel Roppolo and Joseph James Allen; special friends, Luke and Eli Adams, Gage Ressen, Raymond Venneberg, Connor Lillis and Zach Wilson. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James E. Higgins Jr. and great grandmother, Raffaella Volino.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to: Atkinson Rescue Squad and Police Department, paramedics, Henry County Sheriff, Hammond-Henry Hospital ER staff, Dr. Atwell, staff at OSF Children’s Hospital, ER and PIC Unit and the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donation organization.