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Bona "Joan" Williams Sleevar

July 30, 1932 May 4, 2016
Bona "Joan" Williams Sleevar
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PEORIA - Bona “Joan” Williams Sleevar, 84, of Peoria passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at UnityPoint Health - Proctor with her loving family present.

Joan was born July 30, 1932, in Arrowsmith, Ill., to Joseph and Doris (Weinard) Williams. She had one brother Jack, who with her parents, preceded her in death. She was raised on a farm in McLean County and attended LeRoy Community High School. After graduating, she worked at Miller Music Company, in Bloomington, Ill., where she met the love of her life, John Sleevar. They were married on Jan. 21, 1954. Both of her daughters were born in Bloomington, Ill. In 1958, they moved to Peoria, where she remained the rest of her life as a mother and homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, John Sleevar; two daughters, Teresa Hess of Delafield, Wis., and Victoria (Paul) Dols of Vienna, Va.; four grandchildren, Monica (Joseph) Marier, Patrick Joria, David Joria, Spencer Dols; and two great-grandchildren, Max Marier and Sophie Marier.

Joan was an avid golfer and belonged to many golf leagues in Peoria throughout the years. She loved to play bridge, work in her yard, and cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals. She enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a loving mother to everyone in her family.

She was a member of St Vincent De Paul’s parish and volunteered for many things while the girls were in school. She also worked as a volunteer in the school office, participated as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and contributed many hand-made items to the Christmas Bazaars.

Per her wishes, cremation will be accorded and a private celebration of Joan’s life will be held at a later date this summer, when everyone in the family can attend. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

Memorials in honor of Joan are suggested to St. Vincent Grade School.

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St. Vincent de Paul Grade School

6001 North University Street
Peoria, IL 61614

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