Irene Zehr

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PEORIA - Irene M. Zehr, 87, of Peoria passed away at 9:33 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1925, in Ottawa, Ill., the daughter of George and Lottie Nettie Dean. She married Leroy Zehr on June 14, 1955. He passed away on Oct. 29, 1967.

One son, Larry, also preceded her in death in 1965.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan (George) Chelikas of Morton and Marcia (David) Rigsby of Monmouth; and three sons, Dennis (Laurie) Zehr, Craig (Valeri) Zehr, all of Peoria, and Michael of East Moline. Also surviving are one grandson, Andy (Stacy) Zehr of Pontiac; two granddaughters, Heather (Victor) Zehr of West Peoria, Ill., and Becky (Jeff) Grady of Peoria; as well as seven great-grandchildren.

Irene worked for many years as a nurse at Parc. She worked with the Foster Grandparent program for the Community Action Agency and was involved with Friendship House.

She will always be remembered for her generosity to her family and neighbors, her love for her dogs and her gentle spirit.

Cremation rites have been accorded and the family will receive friends at the home of her son, Dennis, 3502 N. Rockwood Road in Peoria on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Memorials in her name may be given to the Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 15, 2013