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Cecilia "Cis" Fuertges - 678/9/1948 - 5/13/2016
Cecilia “Cis” Jean Fuertges, age 67 of Walnut, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 13, 2016 surrounded by family at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Cis was born on August 9, 1948 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Joseph and Lucille (Jusan) Podraza. She graduated from Morton West High School in Berwyn, IL and then from Presbyterian –St. Luke’s Hospital, School of Radiologic Technology. She received an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Sauk Valley Community College and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Cecilia married Dr. Daniel B. Fuertges on August 3, 1968 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Berwyn, IL. She last worked as a Medical Transcriptionist for Princeton Family Physicians. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, former CCD teacher and assisted at the annual Bazaar. In 2012 she was honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for her service to the Diocese of Peoria and her parish church. She also had been a Cub Scout den mother and was a developer of Pre-K school in Walnut. One of the highlights of her life was a trip to the Holy Land in 2008. She loved her grandchildren and especially going on trips with them and attending their school and church programs. Survivors include her husband, Daniel of Walnut, IL; three daughters, Erinn (Joseph) Crane of Davenport, IA, Heather Fuertges of Davenport, IA and Julie (Jason) Hoffman of Orion, IL; son, Daniel H. Fuertges of West Peoria, IL; grandchildren, Alex Barman, Melanie Comer, Xavier Crane, Shelby and Noelle Hoffman and step grandson, Dylan Crane and brother, Joseph Podraza of Brooklyn, NY. Funeral prayer services will be conducted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:30 A.M. at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, followed by the Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut at 10:00 A.M. with the Rev. Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rosary being recited at 4:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for Masses, St. Johns the Evangelist Catholic Church, Walnut Fire Department and Heritage Senior Living Center in Walnut.
Visitation:Tuesday May 17th 5 to 7 p.m.
Mass:Prayer Service Wednesday May 18th 9:30 a.m. Garland Funeral Home Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. St John's Catholic Church Walnut View Cecilia "Cis" Fuertges's Guestbook
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