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Mildred Zupancic

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 10:34 a.m. CDT

VACAVILLE, Calif. — Mildred I. “Millie” (Tomaszewski) Zupancic, 81, of Vacaville, Calif., formerly of Peru, went to be with her Lord on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Vacaville Convalescent Center.

Millie was born July 11, 1931, in Peru to Charles and Clara (Wiese) Tomaszewski of rural LaSalle. She attended Brayson School, which was the original “one room” school in Dimmick Township. She later attended LaSalle-Peru High School. She married William Kneebone in 1950. They raised one son, Bill, and then later divorced. She then married John “Red” Zupancic on Dec. 31, 1960.

Millie was employed by the Sunstrand Corporation of Peru for 25 years until retiring in 1992. She then moved to California to be near her son Bill and his family.

She was a baptized member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. She was dedicated to her church and her Lord. After moving to California in 1992, Millie soon became part of another church where she spent much time in worship services and Bible study groups. She felt led to enroll in a three-year Bible study course which she faithfully completed. She enjoyed fellowship with her church family and also with those in the apartment building where she lived. Millie had a deep dedication to helping elderly people and was a companion to several of them through the years. Her most treasured times were those spent with her family. She delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and welcomed times spent together.

Survivors include her brother, Albert (Shirley) Tomaszewski of Peru; two sisters, Hattie (Jim) Jenkins of Spring Valley and Laura (Lee) Wyatt of Princeton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Cathi Kneebone of California; her grandson, Jared (Sherri) Kneebone of California; her granddaughter, Brittany (Dan) Feitelberg of California; and five great-grandchildren, Jared, Jordon and Sidney Kneebone, and Aria and Avery Feitelberg, all of California. Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Marilyn (Don) Ciesielski of Somonauk; a stepgrandaughter, Paula Wilcox of Yorkville; and five stepgrandsons, Tim and Steve Ciesielski of Princeton, Scott Rondeau of Florida, Michael Rondeau of California and Sean Rondeau of Jacksonville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Red” Zupancic in 1991; her son, Bill Kneebone in 2011; one sister, Florence; two nephews, Randy and Glenn Tomaszewski and a stepdaughter, Joanne Rondeau.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru with the Rev. Timothy Kenyon, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Peru City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mueller Funeral Home in Peru. The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com.

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