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Dora Menz

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PEORIA - Dora Ann Menz, 52, of Edgewater, Fla., formerly of Peoria, died at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

She was born Dec. 11, 1957, in Chicago to Charles M. and Joan Isabel Ardisana Menz.

Surviving are son, Michael Nelson of Peoria; daughter, Casandra Lorance of Elmwood; father, Charles (Linda) Menz of Sacramento, Calif.; three sisters, Dawn (David) Olivera of Dunlap, her twin, Debra Franz (Mark) of Washington, and Sue Sleva (Ed) of Laura; one brother, Michael (Phoenix) Menz of California; her fiance, George Lorance of Elmwood; and several nieces and nephews.

Dora was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Frank Sleva.

She was a graduate of Peoria High School.

Dora was working at Holiday Inn and Suites in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and had previously worked at the OTB at Landmark in Peoria.

She had a big heart, was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at The Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. The Rev. Howard Love will officiate. There will be no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to an educational fund for her children in care of CEFCU.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sept. 18, 2010