Age 29 of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
Born December 30, 1991 in Kankakee, Kali Josie is a daughter of Adeline “Vicki” (nee Marrs) and the late James Martin Strong, Sr. She was raised in Wilmington as the youngest of seven children, and was a member of First Christian Church in Wilmington. Though Kali was handicapped and blind, she persevered through her life’s obstacles, all while managing to flourish and not let the challenges overwhelm her. She could find her way unassisted through the family home, and had a love of music and musical toys. Kali had a big personality and was vocal about whatever she was thinking or needed, and held a special place in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her mother, Vicki Strong of Wilmington, four brothers and two sisters: James M. (Paula) Strong, Jr. of Carol Stream, Rosalind D. Strong of Bourbonnais, and Brian D. (Shellise) Strong, Kari B. Strong, Steven J. Strong, and Timothy J. Strong, all of Wilmington; one niece and two nephews: Trevor Strong of Dwight, and Hayleigh (Cole) Thompson and Cole Strong, both of Wilmington; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Kali was preceded in death by her father, Jim Strong, Sr. on June 25, 2020.
The family will receive friends Monday, August 2, 2021 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington from 10:00 a.m. until the time of funeral services, 12:00 p.m. Pastor Jason Pace from First Christian Church in Wilmington will officiate, and burial will immediately follow at Oakwood Sunset Cemetery in Wilmington.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Kali’s memory to: Easter Seals Joliet Region, 212 Barney Drive, Joliet, Illinois 60435.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Kali’s memorial page by logging onto: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181 .