Verda Barke

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WENONA - Verda M. Barke, 95, formerly of Wenona, died at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Heritage Health in Minonk.

She was born on May 23, 1918, in Wenona, Ill., to Axel and Electa (Mason) Helander. She married Albert A. Barke on Sept. 28, 1945, in Wenona. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1985.

She is survived by two daughters, Beverly (Henry) Hart of Wenona and Nancy (Eugene) Decker of Streator; two sons, Gary (Barb) Barke of Metamora and Randy (Starr) Barke of St. Charles, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Hurst Funeral Home in Wenona, with services to follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Donna Baker will officiate. Interment will be in the Wenona Cemetery in Wenona.

Memorials may be directed to the Chicago Light House, Heritage Health in Minonk or a .

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Hurst Funeral Home
405 S Oak St Wenona, IL 61377
(815) 223-0380
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 20, 2014