Joanne Blundell Kern
Joanne Blundell Kern
  • November 20, 1926 - January 3, 2018
  • Illinois

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It is with great sadness that the family of Joanne Blundell Kern announces her passing, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the age of 91. From her birth in Peoria, IL, on November 20, 1926, until the time of her death, she graced her family and friends with her compassionate nature and wonderful sense of humor.

A life-long resident of Peoria, Joanne married Rudolph Kern on July 13, 1945 and he survives. She is also survived by her children Andrew Kern of Lenoir City, TN, Dr. Richard Kern of Peoria, IL, and Laurie (Dan) Shaltiel of Mundelein, IL; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Joanne is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lillian Blundell, her brother, William Irvin Blundell, and her sister, Mary Jean Potter.

Joanne was a loving wife and mother. As her children were growing she served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and Brownie Scout Leader. She was an avid golfer and was a member of the Peoria Women's Nine Hole Golf League where she served as league president. She also served for six years on the advisory committee of the Peoria Park District golf committee. In that capacity she worked diligently to bring watered fairways to Newman Golf Course, an accomplishment she was very proud of.

A Funeral Service in memory of Joanne will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church, 2400 West Northmoor Road, Peoria, IL . Rev Dr. Laura Reason will officiate. Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Joanne to the United Presbyterian Church MAP Fund or the US Figure Skating Memorial Fund.

A private burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

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