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Vera Diedrick

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2013

86 year old Vera Diedrick of Oglesby died Thursday in her home. 

          Services will be Monday at 9:30a.m. in the Shields Funeral Chapel  in Oglesby followed by a mass at 10a.m. in Holy Family Church in Oglesby.  Burial will be in Peru City Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in the funeral chapel.

She’s survived by her daughters; Jackie Sanders of Florida and Kelly Freschi of Oglesby and 6 grandchildren.  

Vera Diedrick was a lab technician.  

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Dimitrios Pappas

Posted by wlpo on September 12, 2013

63 year old Dimitrios Pappas of Peru died Tuesday at IVCH in Peru.

Funeral services are Saturday at 11 in First Baptist Church of La Salle. Burial will be in Peru City Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday from 10 until service time at the church. Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle is handling arrangements.

He’s survived by his wife Donna of Peru; sons Jason of North Carolina and A.J. of Peru; his daughters Michelle Anderson of Florida and Lisa Baens of Georgia; three grandchildren; and one sister.

Dimitrios Pappas worked at Sunstrand and Woodhaven Lakes in the maintenance department.

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David “Tuna” Wertz

Posted by wlpo on September 12, 2013

66 year old David “Tuna” Wertz of Spring Valley died Tuesday at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Memorial Mass will be at 11am Friday at The Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Spring Valley. Visitation will be from 9 until service time at the church.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wertz of Spring Valley; one son, Jason Wertz of Herrin; one daughter, Caitlin Seghi of LaSalle; and 2 grandchildren.

David Wertz had worked as a Union Cement mason until he retired.

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Pamela Mansnerus

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2013

53 year old Pamela Mansnerus of Princeton died Tuesday at Colonial Rehab and Nursing Center.

Services are Saturday at 4 at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee at a later date. Visitation is Saturday from 1 until service time at the memorial home.

She’s survived by her husband Steven of Princeton; her daughters Fallon Bush of Bloomington, Amanda Shoffner of Malden and Carly of Princeton; two grandchildren; one sister and one brother.

Pamela Mansnerus worked in financial services at Perry Memorial Hospital.

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Cecelia Funfsinn

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2013

88 year old Cecelia Funfsinn of Peru died Sunday at St. Joseph’s Home in Lacon.

Funeral services are Wednesday at 10 at Mueller Funeral Home in Peru followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Joseph’s Church in Peru. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Spring Valley. Visitation is Tuesday from 4 until 7 at the funeral home.

Cecelia Funfsinn is survived by her daughters Cathy Miklavcic of Florida, Joan Miller of Streator, Debrah of Morris, Rose Manfredini of La Salle, Judy Winner of Mendota, Mary Finnell of East Peoria and Deb of Princeton; her sons Richard of Yorkville, Paul and Marty of Peru, Mike and Dale of La Salle and Jerry of Ladd; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

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Grace Virzi

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2013

94 year old Grace Virzi of Oglesby died Saturday at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

Funeral services are Wednesday at 11 at Oglesby Union Church. Burial will follow in Peru City Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 5 until 8 at Prey-Mueller Funeral Home and Wednesday from 10 until service time at the church.

Grace Virzi is survived by her son Mike of Peru; her daughter Paula Cherpeske of Peru; three grandchildren; and a sister.

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Michael Washkowiak

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2013

53 year old Michael Washkowiak of Granville died Friday at his home after an extended illness.

Funeral services are Wednesday at 10:30 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on the Hill. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Visitation is Tuesday from 4 until 7 at the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle and Wednesday from 9:30 until service time at the church.

He’s survived by his wife Cindy; sons Jacob of Peru; daughters Michelle of Granville and Emily; his father Wayne of Peru; one brother; and grandchildren.

Michael Washkowiak worked at Canam in Peru.

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Marc Mitchell

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2013

26 year old Marc Mitchell of DePue died Sunday at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services are Wednesday at 11 at the Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park. Visitation is Tuesday from 4 until 8 at the funeral home in Spring Valley.

He’s survived by his mother Linda Mitchell of DePue; one brother and one sister; and aunts and uncles.

Marc Mitchell worked at Country Financial in Galesburg.

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Graciela Vazquez

Posted by wlpo on September 7, 2013

49 year old Graciela Vazquez of La Salle died Thursday in Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday at 11 in St. Hyacinth’s Church in La Salle. Burial will be in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 8 at the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle.

Arrangements for Graciela Vazquez are with the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle.

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Judge C. Howard Wample

Posted by wlpo on September 6, 2013

          79 year old Judge C. Howard Wample of Wyanet died Wednesday at Perry Memorial Hospital.

Services will be Monday at 11AM at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Cremation Rites will follow.  Burial will be private and at a later date.  Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6PM at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, Diane of Wyanet; children, Calvin of Florida, and Chris Balensiefen and Cindy Strader of Wyanet; eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Judge C. Howard Wample practiced law in Bureau County and was the State’s Attorney from 1964 to 1968.  He was appointed a circuit judge 1974.

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