PEKIN - Joseph M. Berardi, 90, of Pekin passed away at 5:05 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at the residence of his son and daughter-in-law, Leo and Karen Berardi, with whom he made his home.
He was born Jan. 10, 1923, in Pekin to Peter and Lucia (Strada) Berardi. He married Henrietta "Penny" Woost on Nov. 3, 1945, in Springfield. She preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 2000. He later married Shirley (Eschmeyer) Ziebold on June 21, 2008, in Pekin. She preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 2010.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by one daughter, Karen (John) Fisher of Marseilles; two sons, Richard (Gloria Gay) Berardi of Atlanta, Ga., and Leo (Karen) Berardi of Pekin; one sister, Adele Trettenero of Vacaville, Calif.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Joseph served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He worked as a policeman in Pekin for 20 years before retiring, was police chief in Minier and later worked for the state of Illinois, retiring in 1974.
He was elected president of the Village Board in Minier in 1984.
He and his wife owned and operated Peek-In Ceramics. He also served 18 years on the Tazewell County Board and volunteered with Pekin Township.
He was a life member and served as a past commander of the Roy L. King VFW Post 1232 in Pekin, was a life and 56-year member of Empire Masonic Lodge 126, AF&AM, a member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Peoria, and a 40-year member of Mohammed Temple, Shrine.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Pekin.
Joseph was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Cremation has been accorded, and private family services will be held.
Memorials may be made to Pekin Township in his name.
The family has entrusted Abts Mortuary in Pekin with his arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at abtsmortuary.com.