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Joan Speirs

August 26, 1930 — September 2, 2015

Joan Virginia (Mehlenbeck) Speirs of Peoria, 85, passed away at Methodist Medical Center on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

Joan was born to Paul and Margaret (Kuhn) Mehlenbeck on August 26, 1930 in Peoria. She was married to Walter Speirs for 57 years before his passing on April 24, 2008.

Joan graduated from Woodruff High School in 1948 and was a homemaker. She enjoyed RVing with her husband and adored her grandchildren. Joan was a member of First United Methodist Church in Peoria where she was also a member of the Harvester Class.

Joan is survived by her daughters, Terri (Steve) Ferguson of East Peoria, and Lynne (John) Wasiak of Walled Lake, MI; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Brian) Tuck of East Peoria, Brad (Bethany) Ferguson of Peoria, Amanda (Philip) Haelterman of Wolverine Lake, MI, and Ben and Lauren Wasiak, both of Walled Lake, MI; three great-grandchildren, Allison and Charlie Tuck, and Isaac Haelterman; her sister, Jeanette (Rodney) Horner of Hopedale; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Fred Mehlenbeck, and sister-in-law, Nina Barnhart.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service for Joan will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Avenue in Peoria. Visitation will begin at 9:30am at the church. Interment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens at a later date.

Memorials in honor of Joan may be made to South Side Mission or her church.

Joan's online memorial website may be viewed at


SEP 5. 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Avenue
Peoria, IL 61604

Memorial Service

SEP 5. 11:00 AM (CDT)

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Avenue
Peoria, IL 61604

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