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Alvaro M. Gurdian

March 21, 1934 March 5, 2007
Alvaro M. Gurdian
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PEORIA-Alvaro M. Gurdian, 72 of Peoria, passed away at 5:58 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2007 at his residence. Born on March 21, 1934 in Granada, Nicaragua to Luis and L. Amanda Bissio Gurdian. He married Maria Lewin on September 14, 1956 in Managua, Nicaragua. She survives. Also surviving are seven children, Maria (Steve) McCrea of Chillicothe, Alvaro (Dawn) Gurdian, Jr. of Boca Raton, FL, Ana (Kevin) Lewis of Grayslake, IL, Tony (Karin) Gurdian of Morton, Robert (Tracy) Gurdian of Naples, FL, Cynthia (Jim) Mense of St. Louis, MO and Eric (Tracy) Gurdian of Oak Park, IL; 16 grandchildren; three brothers, Silvio Gurdian and Julio Gurdian both of Managua, and Guillermo Gurdian of San Francisco, CA; and one sister, Auxiliadora Gonzales of Managua. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers. He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He was a self-employed Architect and was known for his distinctive Prairie Style Architecture. He first worked for Gordon Burns and Associates in Peoria for 15 years. He designed several buildings in the Peoria area including, Hult Education Center, Bradley University Heuser Art Center and Janssen Law Center. A member of University of Notre Dame Club, Peoria Chapter. He also was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights where a Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday with Rev. Thomas Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with recitation of the rosary at 7:45 p.m. Additional visitation will be 30 minutes before the mass at church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Church Building Fund. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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