Tara Simantel Parla
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PEORIA - Tara L. Simantel Parla, 37, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Peoria, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

Tara was born May 4, 1975, in Naperville, Ill., the daughter of Jim and Lin Bailey Simantel. She married Jonathan "Jon" Parla on Sept. 8, 2001, on Captivia Island, Fla.

Tara graduated from Richwoods High School, attended Western Illinois University, where she was a member of Delta Zeta, and graduated from the University of Illinois.

Tara was a devoted and loving wife, mother, daughter and sister.

After being diagnosed with metastasis melanoma, she and her husband established the Passion Foundation to fight against this disease through education and prevention. They raise money to purchase and install sun shades over grade school playgrounds across Southwest Florida.

Tara was also employed full time in the sales and marketing industry.

Tara was a member of various organizations and received various awards. Her latest achievement was selection as a 2012 winner of the "40 Under 40" Rising Stars in Southwest Florida, where she will be honored on Sept. 16.

After being diagnosed, Tara fully believed, "Be Open to Life."

Tara is survived by her loving husband, Jon; daughter, Kendyl (7); son, Kaden (4); her parents, Jim and Lin; her sister and best friend, Dana Simantel; and her nephew, Braxton.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Sept. 10, at the Summit Church in Fort Myers, Fla. An announcement of an additional memorial service in Peoria will be made at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Passion-Foundation or the children's education in care of CNL Bank. Donations should be sent to CNL, 7996 Mediterranean Place, Estero, FL 33928.

For online condolences, visit fullerfuneralhome.com.


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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sep. 9, 2012.
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November 4, 2012
I think of you so often Tara! I miss your smile. It is hard to imagine this race without you...but I know you will be there xoxo
Amy
October 25, 2012
So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Linda Whitney
October 2, 2012
I read Tara's story and it was extremely heartfelt..what an inspiration she left for the rest of us who fight this battle of cancer..may God surround her family with HIS love, peace, & comfort during this difficult loss of your most precious loved one..keeping you in my thoughts & prayers!
Nancy Walter
October 2, 2012
I read Tara's story and it was extremely heartfelt..what an inspiration she left for the rest of us who fight this battle of cancer..may God surround her family with HIS love, peace, & comfort during this difficult loss of your most precious loved one..keeping you in my thoughts & prayers!
Nancy Walter
October 2, 2012
I am so sorry to learn of Tara's passing. My prayers are with your family.
September 28, 2012
I am so glad to have met and interact with this wonderful woman at the Estero Recreation Center. Tara your beautiful smile will be missed!
Lauren Jordan
September 19, 2012
my daughters and I send our sympathy to the family for the loss of their beautiful daughter, wife, and mother. May she rest in peace and may God give comfort to her loved ones, Toni Tindal, and Jill and Leslie Weinstein
September 13, 2012
My deepest sympathy in the loss of a lovely gal who always had a smile! I know Tara because my son Alex was a classmate of Kendayl's. I pray for Tara, and her beautiful family.
Margie Rich
September 11, 2012
Thoughts and prayers surround the family from ours. So sorry for your loss. She was one in a million! Never forgotten.
Martin and Roaemary Cook
September 11, 2012
Our deepest condolences go out from our saddened hearts to Jon, the children, the family & friends. Even though we were only with Tara & Jon on a few occasions, with our son & daughter-in-law, Chad & Kim, we knew how special of a person she was! Loved her beauty, inside & out! May God rest her weary soul & give you all peace that she's in a better place, free of pain. Much Love from one of Tara's Prayer Warriors in Illinois!
Suellen Clarke
September 9, 2012
My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Tara.
Deb Wrigley
September 9, 2012
Dear Jim & Lin,

Extremely sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. Judy and I send our prayers and heartfelt thoughts during this difficult time. Our prayer for you is that God will send His love and comfort to you both. Although years and distance have separated us, there is still love and respect for you both. May Jesus keep and comfort you.
Reverend Gary and Judy Kailey
Peoria, IL
September 9, 2012
I am thinking of your family ongoingly. Jim and Lin, you made such a difference in my own life, so as parents I know it was a hundred fold for your daughters. I am so saddenned by your loss.
Terri Tatting Versace
September 9, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful & inspirational person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sarah Austin
September 9, 2012
Jon: The Morans are very sorry to hear, and we send you and your kids our condolences.
Douglas Moran
September 9, 2012
The Lord has called his angel Tara to heaven to continue her good from above. God Bless the Parla family and all of Tara's friends who will miss her here on earth.
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