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Helen O. Pelley

July 14, 1921 — December 31, 2017

Helen O. Pelley

PEORIA HEIGHTS - Helen O. Pelley, 96, of Peoria Heights, peacefully passed away on Dec. 31, 2017, surrounded by her family. Helen was born July 14, 1921, in Norris, Ill., to the loving parents of Earl and Mary Ann Kendall. On Oct. 4, 1953, she married the love of her life, Russell Pelley. He preceded her in death. Helen is also preceded in death by five brothers.
She is survived by one daughter, Lorrie (Ryan) Kleist of Peoria Heights; two granddaughters, Melanie (Joe) Kulas of Peoria and Ashley Rolett of Peoria; and one great-granddaughter, Breslin Ann. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Helen took great pride in working for Wahlfeld's Mfg., retiring after 25 years of service.
She is a member of Peoria Heights Congregational Church.
Helen, along with her husband, traveled to many enjoyable sites within the U.S., Hawaii being her favorite.
Helen was active throughout her life. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, dice, cards, and dancing to the Big Band music or the Polka.
She never missed a Saturday night without watching the Lawrence Welk Show. Helen watched the Cubbies and considered herself one of their biggest fans.
Helen was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She will truly be missed.

Visitation will be held Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, from 9 to 10:15 a.m., at Peoria Heights Congregational Church. A funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Brian Michael officiating. Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials in Helen's memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

The family would like to thank the Heddington Oaks staff for the compassionate care she received.


JAN 6. 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (CST)

Peoria Heights Congregational Church
4906 N. Prospect Road
Peoria Heights, IL, 61616


JAN 6. 10:30 AM (CST)

Peoria Heights Congregational Church
4906 N. Prospect Road
Peoria Heights, IL, 61616
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