JoAnne Stewart

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MAPLETON - JoAnne K. Stewart, 71, of Mapleton, Ill., passed away at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill., with her loving family by her side.

JoAnne was born to Walter and Mary (Frailey) Vogel. She married Leonard Stewart on Feb. 18, 1962, in Pekin, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her father; mother-in-law, Margaret Stewart; father-in-law, Corbie Stewart; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and one niece.

Surviving are her mother, Mary Vogel of Pekin; her husband, Leonard of Mapleton, Ill.; one son, Scott (Gail) Stewart of Menasha, Wis.; one daughter, Sharyl (Mike) Nuske of Morton, Ill.; one granddaughter, Jenna (Scott) Buffington of Morton, Ill.; one stepgranddaughter, Becky Montonati of Menasha, Wis.; four great-grandchildren, Kent and Seandon Buffington, Wyatt Schaller and Lucy Montonati; one brother, Terry (Donna) Vogel of Tremont, Ill.; one sister, Marilyn Rakestraw of North Pekin, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Janet Tennel, Linda Young and Georgie Schuler, all of Pekin.

She was a 1960 graduate of Pekin High School.

JoAnne retired from Caterpillar in 1999 as an Employee Benefits Representative.

JoAnne was a very active member of the Community United Church of Christ in Morton.

She volunteered in numerous charitable community activities, including Morton Relay for Life. She participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for several years.

Her greatest joy in life was being a Grandma ... Jenna was the light of her life!

JoAnne's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Prager and her staff at Illinois CancerCare, the staff at OSF Hospice, the staff at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home and JoAnne's very special friends, Janet, Linda and Georgie, who spent countless hours with her during doctor's appointments and treatments. These three ladies are the true definition of friends.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Community United Church of Christ in Morton, with the Rev. Jeff Johnston officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at the church. Inurnment will be in Hirstein Cemetery in Morton.

Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with JoAnne's arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Illinois CancerCare Foundation, 8940 N. Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL 61615-7828.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 8, 2013
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