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Norrine Rice

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PEORIA - Norrine Germaine Rice, 89, of Peoria passed away at 7:58 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Norrine was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Aurora, Ill., the daughter of Julius and Bernice (Webber) Streit. She married John F. Rice Sr. on Jan. 26, 1946, in Aurora. He preceded her in death on June 13, 2013.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother.

She is survived by one son, John F. (Patsy) Rice Jr. of Bloomington; three daughters, Camille (Douglass) Baker of Wheaton, Colleen (Steven) Caldwell of Peoria and Michelle (Joe) Quinn of Peoria; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Norrine's life centered around caring for her family. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing the piano and clarinet, swimming in her pool, camping and relaxing at the family cottage on the Illinois River.

She attended the University of Illinois, where she pledged Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church for over 42 years, Timberlake Club, Catholic Women's League and local Red Hats groups.

Norrine was married to the love of her life, John, for 67 years and "always." She cherished her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "You are my Sunshine" will live in their hearts forever.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Father John Verrier will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Philomena Catholic Church or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2014
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