May 7, 1927 — May 21, 2014
Lee Wirth, 87, of Peoria, passed away at 8:38 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Bread of Life Church in Peoria, with Father John Blossom officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Entombment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Lee was born on May 7, 1927 in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of Paul and Beatrice (Morgan) Brunswick. She married John A. Wirth on June 29, 1946 in Kenmore, NY. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2013. She was also preceded in death by parents and sister, Betty Grayless.
She is survived by her daughters, Candy (Peter) Rypczyk of Long Lake, NY and Wendy Wirth of Peoria; granddaughters, Nicole and Alexis; and her beloved dog, Charlie.
Lee earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Oklahoma and her Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from Central Michigan University. For over twenty-five years, she served as the Director of Special Education for the Mt. Pleasant School District in Michigan, as well as serving on the Mental Health Board in Mt. Pleasant. In 1963, she was listed in Marquis “Who’s Who of American Women”.
She was a member of the Bread of Life Church in Peoria, and for over fifty years, she was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant. She was a member of the Daughters of the King in Mt. Pleasant and was instrumental in chartering a new chapter of the Daughters of the King at the Bread of Life Church.
Lee loved to travel with family and she was an avid flower gardener. Volunteering at Luthy Gardens in Peoria was one of her favorite pastimes. Regardless of the season, there were always flowers in her house. Most of all she loved being a devoted grandmother to her two granddaughters and spending time with family and friends. Whenever someone needed assistance or guidance, she was always there with a smile and an eager offer of help. In the giving of herself, she taught those who were close to her the true meaning of love.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bread of Life Church or OSF Hospice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria.
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