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Bertha Dutro

October 24, 1920 — June 7, 2013

Bertha Mae Dutro, 92, of West Peoria, passed away at 5:21 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Bardeen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded and a private interment will be held at a later date at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.
Bertha was born on October 24, 1920 in El Paso, the daughter of Charles and Mildred (McAdams) Kilpatrick. Her mother later married Fred Garrels of Lacon. She married Earnest P. Dutro in June of 1945 in South Carolina and moved to West Peoria in 1946. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; step father; and a son, Gregory A. Dutro.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy L. (Dutro) Johnston of West Peoria; son, Gary M. (Sandy) Dutro of West Peoria; grandchildren, Gina (Dutro) Rollings, Shane Dutro, Derrick Foote, Christopher Davis, William Davis, Kimberly (Dutro) Fisher and Jeffrey Adkins-Dutro; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Bertha Mae retired from the shoe department at Carson Pirie Scott at Northwoods Mall in Peoria and later helped her daughter in-law, Sandy, at Dutro's Mercantile in West Peoria from 1993 - 2000.
She was a 1939 graduate of Peoria High School and was a sixty-seven year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria. She is a member of Omicron Sigma Chi Sorority, the Peoria Emblem Club, the Detweiller Ladies 9-hole Golf League, until the age of 89, and was a past member of the Calvin Coolidge Mothers' Club in the early 1950's. She resided in her beloved, big, old West Peoria home for sixty-three years
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bertha Mae’s memory to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 West Moss Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61606 or to the charity of the donor's choice
Bertha’s Memorial Website and online condolences may be accessed at

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