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CHILLICOTHE - Diana Adelheide Sibrel, age 79, of Chillicothe passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Metamora, Ill.

Born June 10, 1934, in Inglewood, Calif., she is predeceased by her parents, Paul and Anna Demuth. She was the second of three children and was especially close to her mother throughout her life.

Diana was raised as a Roman Catholic, graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School in 1952, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in education from the University of California in Los Angeles.

In 1958, she married Robert Sibrel and subsequently moved to Chillicothe, Ill., where the couple raised their four children, whom she loved dearly; however, the couple divorced in 1983.

Diana was a substitute teacher in the Illinois Valley Central School District for a number of years, where her kindness made a lasting impression on her students. She took classes at Illinois Central College and then was hired as a Circulation Technician within the library at the college. It was a role that she enjoyed thoroughly, as she was an avid reader and thrived in the learning environment. She was especially fond of her student workers, encouraging their endeavors and wanting the best for them.

Diana was equally involved in her own children's lives, and those of their friends, many of whom called her "mom." Her ability to listen without judging, and to offer unconditional love, helped many people through difficult times in their lives.

Diana had diverse interests and a number of hobbies over the years, with reading being her favorite pastime. She was often seen walking her dog and also enjoyed owning cats. She played Bridge and tennis for a time, took up sewing, always crocheted and knitted, grew roses and vegetables briefly, and even tried her hand at canning - but gave up after making some very, very green pickles.

She liked to dress in style and was always shopping for bargains, having developed a sense of fashion from her mother, who was an amazing seamstress. She enjoyed cooking for her family, making her kids their favorite meals, including chicken curry, roll-up pancakes and pizza.

Diana enjoyed seeing plays, visiting museums and attending cultural events with her family and friends. She always wanted to travel, making trips in the U.S. and to Europe on a few occasions. She was raised with a love of opera by her mother, but her passion for music extended to symphony, big band, jazz, blues and rock and roll. It tickled her children that one of her favorite singers was Freddie Mercury, of the band Queen.

Survivors include her children, Paulette Sibrel of East Peoria, Ill., Andrew (Katherine) Sibrel of Oconomowoc, Wis., Christopher Sibrel of East Peoria, Ill., and Antoinette "Toni" (Peter Bojan) Sibrel of Grayslake, Ill.; her three grandchildren, Jordan Sibrel of East Peoria, and Shannon and Zakary Sibrel of Oconomowoc, Wis,; her brother, Ernest (Edna) Demuth of South Pasadena, Calif.; her sister, Dorothy (Jon) Allen of Torrance, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Max.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several cats and two dogs.

Cremation rites will be accorded, and the family will gather for private commemoration.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley, Chillicothe, IL 61523, Phone: 309-274-2719; to Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partridge, Metamora, IL 61548 Phone: 309-367-4300; or to OSF Hospice, OSF Home Care Services, Attn: Donna Medina, Vice President of Hospice and Foundation, 2265 W. Altorfer Drive, Peoria, IL 61615.

Arrangements were handled through Davison-Fulton Anderson Chapel in Chillicothe.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Aug. 18, 2013
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