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Billie Jean Wortz

Published: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 10:14 a.m. CDT

PERU — Billie Jean (Underwood) Wortz, 87, of Peru passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Community Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Naperville.

Mrs. Wortz was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Chicago to Virgil and Annetta (Dickman) Underwood. She married Gordon H. Wortz on July 1, 1945, at home in Peru.

Mrs. Wortz worked as a licensed practical nurse at St. Mary’s, Peoples and Princeton hospitals. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru, Bureau VFW Auxiliary and Beta Sigma Phi, Zeta Zeta Chapter XP3622.  She was proud to have served as a ground observer during World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Virgillia (Ronald) Radnovich of Naperville and Nannette Waters of Florida; one son, Tracy Wortz of North Carolina; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren with one on the way; one daughter-in-law, Kathy Wortz of Peru; three brothers, Howard Underwood, Donald (Artha) Underwood and Virgil James Underwood, all of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, on Sept. 27, 1993; one son, Kevin Wortz on Feb. 1, 2008; one great-granddaughter; and two brothers.

Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday at the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru with the Rev. Scott Turnbull officiating. Burial will follow in the Peru City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com.

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