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Shirley Tomaszewski

PERU — Shirley M. Tomaszewski, 83, of 2927 Peoria St., Peru passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

Born Nov. 6, 1929, to Harold and Tillie (Stegen) Watts, she married Albert Tomaszewski Aug. 21, 1955. He survives.

She graduated from LPO Junior College. She worked 10 years as a bookkeeper/secretary for the Seatonville Elevator, 10 years as the secretary at St. John's Lutheran Church, secretary at Grace Methodist Church and 13 1/2 years as a salesperson for Swiss Colony, Peru Mall. She also worked for Hickory Farms and H&R Block.

She taught Sunday school at St. John's Lutheran Church for 32 years before retiring and Bible school classes for 10 years. She held numerous offices in St. John's Luther League, served as the federation and district level, served as a Luther League sponsor for five years, held offices of secretary and president for Dimmick PTA, held numerous offices in Lutheran Church women's organization, locally at St. John's Lutheran Church, and also at the conference level. She was also part of the St. John's Quilting group for 10 years.

Also surviving are one daughter, Julie (Mark) Nowakowski; one son, Dennis (Debra) Tomaszewski; and six grandchildren, Alyssa, Luke, Caleb and Kai Tomaszewski, and Matthew and Kevin Nowakowski.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tillie, Harold and Esther (Greiner) Watts; and two sons, Glenn and Randy Tomaszewski.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru, with the Rev. Timothy Kenyon officiating. Burial will be in the Peru City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and  from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the church.

Memorials may be directed to St. John's Quilting Group.

The Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle in handling the arrangements.

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