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Rita Windish

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PEKIN - Rita Mary Windish, 83, of Pekin passed away at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Timbercreek Rehab and Health Care in Pekin.

Born Nov. 30, 1930, in Streator to Arthur and Edna (Clifford) Kellogg, she married Willis Eugene Windish on April 21, 1956, in Pekin. He died August 13, 2010, in Peoria Heights.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ralph Kellogg, James Earl Kellogg and Arthur Clifford Kellogg; and one sister, Grace Kellogg.

Surviving are two sons, John (Kim) Windish of Pekin and David Windish of Tucson, Ariz.; four daughters, Joy Windish of St. Peters, Mo., Karen Sipes of Sealy, Texas, Mary Broderick of Brookline, Mass., and Rita Windish of Peoria; seven grandchildren, Taren Windish, Kailey Windish, Drew Windish, Ryan Windish, Brenna Windish, Kristen Windish and Gharett Broderick; one brother, Robert Kellogg of Costa Mesa, Calif.; one sister, Helen Swisher of Yorba Linda, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Rita had worked at Caterpillar Inc., where she later met her future husband, Willis. After their marriage, she stayed home to raise their family.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin and its Catholic Council of Women, the Resurrection Choir, and was a former member of the Adult Choir.

Rita enjoyed crafts, visiting with her family and friends and spending the winters in Phoenix, Ariz. She had volunteered with 4-H.

Her funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. Father Michael Andrejek will celebrate the Mass. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 303 S. Seventh St., Pekin, IL 61554.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 28, 2014
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