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Patricia Ackerman

East Peoria - Patricia "Pat" Ackerman of Longboat Key, Fla., formerly of East Peoria, Ill., passed away a day before her 75th birthday at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ill., on June 20, 2008.

She was born June 21, 1933, to Dr. Clifford and Bea (Thompson) Becherer in Elgin, Ill. She married Alan Ackerman in Peoria, Ill., at the First Presbyterian Church on Feb. 8, 1963. He survives in Longboat Key, Fla.

After attending East Peoria city schools, Pat graduated from Beloit College in 1955, with a bachelor's degree.

She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, and in 1955, was elected The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. After graduation, she taught for several years in the East Peoria grade school system.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Bea and husband Larry Nixon; a brother, Kenneth Becherer; three grandchildren, Amanda (Rick) Taylor, Michael Nixon and Riki Nixon and her fiance Mitchell Jenkins; two great-grandchildren, Bailey Taylor and Cole Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her son, Rick Ackerman, on Oct. 30, 1980.

A celebration of life will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Newell Funeral Home, with Pastor Randy Sells officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Newell Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2008.

Memorials may be made to the Longboat Island Chapel and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information, call Newell Funeral Home at (618) 246-0100 or visit online at www.newellfuneralhome.com for obituary or to make condolences.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 21, 2008
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