Patricia J. Kelch, 85, of Peoria, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at her daughter’s home.
A Celebration of Patricia’s Life will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018 at St. Francis Woods, 3507 North Molleck Drive, in Peoria.
Patricia was born on July, 29, 1933, in Chicago, a daughter of William and Theresa (Dayton) Allen. She married Allen J. Kelch on October 29, 1966 at St. Bernard Church in Peoria. He survives.
She is also survived by her children, William (Kathy) Kelch of Lewistown, Jennifer Rennolett of Dunlap and Larry Kelch of Peoria; brothers, William (Wendy) and Lawrence Allen, both of Sterling; five grandchildren; and five foster grandchildren.
Her parents and one sister, Marie Flosi, preceded her in death.
Patricia worked for many years at Fogler’s Variety Store in Peoria. She was a journalist for the Peoria Journal Star before her children were born and worked at the Neighborhood House. After having children, she operated an in home daycare for many years.
She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Post 2602 Auxiliary, where she was also past president. She was very proud to be a 20 Gallon Blood Donor and to tutor at Common Place. She will forever be remembered by her contagious smile and love for life.
Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s memory to Greater Peoria Honor Flight.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria.
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