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Dorothy Gearica

Posted by wlpo on September 21, 2012

91 year old Dorothy Gearica of Peru, formerly of La Salle, died Thursday at Manor Court of Peru.

Services will be at 10a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Church in Peru. Burial will follow at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in La Salle.  Visitation will be held from 9a.m. until 10a.m. Monday at the church.   Arrangements are through the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in La Salle.

Dorothy Gearica is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Fiedler of Peru and Carole Pakula of La Salle; 8 grandchildren, 8 great- grandchildren; and two sisters.

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Dr. Harold Banser

Posted by wlpo on September 21, 2012

84 year old Dr. Harold Banser of Peru died Tuesday, September 18, at Manor Court of Peru.

Funeral Services will be held at 10a.m. Saturday, September 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru. Private burial will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery, IL.   Visitation will be from 4p.m. to 7p.m. Friday, September 28, at the church.   Arrangements are through the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru.

He’s survived by his daughters, Nancy Shaffer of Connecticut, Michele Fairbanks of Highland Park, and Kim Vezzetti of Peru; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Harold Banser was the Superintendent of La Salle Elementary Schools until retirement.

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Wendell “Wink” Marshall

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2012

81 year old Wendell “Wink” Marshall of Tonica died at his home Thursday after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be at 11am Monday in the Tonica United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Tonica.  Visitation will be from 5-8pm Sunday in the Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica and from 10am until services Monday in the church.

He’s survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter Ellen of Virginia, son Richard of Evanston, two brothers and two sisters.

Wendell “Wink” Marshall was the Postmaster of Tonica until retiring.

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Stanley Erjavsek

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2012

89 year old Stanley Erjavsek of rural Peru died Tuesday at Manor Court in Peru.

Memorial services will be at 11a.m. Monday the Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in Oglesby.  Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

He’s survived by his wife, Barbara of Peru; daughter, Peggy Garner of Peru; son, Larry of Peru; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandson.

Stanley Erjavsek and his mother ran Esca’s Tavern before working in maintenance at Marquette Cement and Lone Star.

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Martin Sajdak

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2012

99 year old Martin Sajdak of Peru died Tuesday at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

Services will be at 10:30am Saturday at St. Valentine’s Church in Peru.  Burial will be in St. Valentine’s Cemetery in Spring Valley at a later date.  Visitation will be 5-8pm Friday at Mueller Funeral Home in Peru and from 9:30-10:30am Saturday in the church.

He’s survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Nancy Pantazopoulos of Oak Brook; sons, James of Wisconsin and Kenneth of Colorado; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Martin Sajdak was a co-founder and sales executive for AmTab Manufacturing Company.

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Evelyn Klyn

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2012

89 year old Evelyn Klyn of Peru died Wednesday at Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

Memorial services will be 11a.m. Saturday, October 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru. Private burial will follow at Peru City Cemetery.   Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church.   Arrangements are through the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru.

She is survived by her husband Keith of Peru, daughters, Jolene Bounds of Colorado and Judy of California; two granddaughters, and one brother.

Evelyn Klyn taught elementary school in Iowa.

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Timothy “Tim” Ohlau

Posted by wlpo on September 19, 2012

52 year old Timothy “Tim” Ohlau, of La Salle died Saturday at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Memorial services will be at 11a.m. Saturday at the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru.  Burial will be at Peru City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Elias Funeral Home in Streator is assisting with the arrangements.

He’s survived by his step-daughters Liz and Rosie Gentry, two grandsons, and two sisters.

Timothy “Tim” Ohlau was a brick layer for many years working in the La Salle-Peru area.

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John “Jack” Kuzma

Posted by wlpo on September 19, 2012

72 year old John “Jack” Kuzma of La Salle died Tuesday in Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

Services will be at 10:30am Friday in St. Patrick’s Church in La Salle.  Burial will be in Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley.  Visitation will be from 4-7pm Thursday in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle and Friday from 10am until services at the church.

He’s survived by his wife, Barbara; son Todd of La Salle, two grandchildren, and one brother.

John “Jack” Kuzma retired from Motorola and then joined Orbit Consulting Group as president and partner in Chicago and Scottsdale.

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Anna Wicks

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2012

79 year old Anna Wicks of Ottawa died Monday at Morris Hospital.

Funeral Services will be at 11a.m. Friday at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.  Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the services Friday at the funeral home.

She’s survived by her daughter, Jean Evans of Romeoville; one grandchild, and one sister.

Anna Wicks was a secretary for the Illinois Education Association for 19 years and owned the Coffee House Restaurant at I-80 and Marseilles Road.

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Atilio Corredato

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2012

94 year old Atilio Corredato of Oglesby died Monday at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday at 10:30 at Holy Family Church in Oglesby. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery in La Salle. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 7 at the Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in Oglesby.

He’s survived by his wife Hilda; sons Terry and Dale of Oglesby and Thomas of Yorkville; three granddaughters; one step-grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Atilio Corredato worked at Marquette Cement, as a custodian at IVCC and as a letter carrier.

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