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WEST PEORIA - Barbara "Barb" A. Witkowski, 58, of West Peoria passed away at 6:18 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born Feb. 26, 1952, in Peoria, Ill., to Zeke and Shirlee (Oyer) Closen. She married Charles "Chuck" Witkowski on Sept. 27, 1975, in Peoria, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her father and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Pearl and Charles Witkowski.

Surviving are her husband, Chuck of West Peoria; one daughter, Erica (Corey Litzsey) Witkowski of West Peoria; one brother, Mike Closen of Peoria; two sisters, Debbie (Andre) Bordeaux of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Lori Closen of Riverside, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces.

Barb worked as an assistant manager at South Side Bank and Trust in Peoria, where she had been for 34 years.

She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Peoria and was a member of the St. Ann's Women's Circle, the Mothers Club and several mixed couples bowling leagues at Landmark Lanes in Peoria.

She was an avid bingo player at the Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Hall on Hill Street, and was known for her giving nature and for helping many of the elderly customers at the bank.

Barb loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed writing poetry for them all.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 3:45 p.m., at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 30, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Father Terry Cassidy will officiate. Burial will follow the service in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the or to St. Ann's Catholic Church in Peoria.

Please visit Barbara's life story at www.davison-fulton.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on July 28, 2010
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