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Claude A. Rashid

September 25, 1933 August 26, 2019
Claude A. Rashid
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Obituary for Claude A. Rashid

Peoria-Claude A. Rashid, age 85, died suddenly on Monday, August 26, 2019 at his residence.

Claude was born on September 25, 1933, in Galesburg, IL to Kamel A. and Georgette (Jeha) Rashid, both deceased. His father later married Lucille Rashid of Burlington, IA, also deceased.

Surviving are his son, Paul F. (Jasmine) Rashid of Germany, his grandchildren, Chiara, Liam and Zoe, his sisters, Claudette (LeRoy, deceased) Rashid, Sylvia (Dr. Walter) Curry, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Wesley (Laura) Rashid and sister, Donna (Thomas) Ritterbusch.

Claude graduated from Spalding Institute in 1951 and proudly served in the US Army for several years. He then attended Bradley University and graduated in 1959. He received a degree in Literature and a minor in Special Education from the University of Illinois.

Immediately thereafter, he moved to California and was hired at the Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, teaching special education. Within four years, he was appointed the head of the Special Ed Department for 38 years. His classroom was next to Jamie Escalante, the legendary Math teacher whose life was the subject of the movie “Stand and Deliver.” Claude and Jamie developed a deep mutual respect and a lifetime friendship.

In December of 2016, Claude moved to Peoria to enjoy the rest of his life with his Peoria family. Claude’s entire life was a perfect example of God’s purpose in life for mankind – A deep unwavering faith and singular love of God, focused on the total achievement of His eternal reward.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a one hour prior visitation. Fr. James Pankiewicz will officiate and burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church, St. Joseph Church or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com


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Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

31

Aug

9:00 AM 8/31/2019 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 8/31/2019 10:00:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

504 Fulton St.
Peoria, IL 61602

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
504 Fulton St. Peoria 61602 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

31

Aug

10:00 AM 8/31/2019 10:00:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

504 Fulton St.
Peoria, IL 61602

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
504 Fulton St. Peoria 61602 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph Cemetery Final Resting Place

2105 W. Heading Ave.
West Peoria, IL 61604

2105 W. Heading Ave. West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

504 Fulton St.
Peoria, IL 61602

St. Joseph Catholic Church

504 Fulton Street
Peoria, IL 61602

St. Jude Midwest Affiliate

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