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Mary Ellen Zerkle

January 8, 1965 October 25, 2008
Mary Ellen Zerkle
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Mary Ellen Zerkle 43, of Peoria died at 4:28 p.m. Saturday October 25, 2008 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her family and friends. She was born January 8, 1965 in Peoria to Harry E. and Pauline Swirmicky Zerkle. She married Timothy Waddell on November 12, 1995 in Peoria. He passed away January 27, 2000 in Peoria. Her parents preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter Valerie Zerkle of Peoria; one sister Kathy (Bruce) Weber of Cordova, IL; four brothers Jim Zerkle of San Diego,CA,. Harry Zerkle of St. Louis, MO., Mike Zerkle of Peoria, and Patrick Zerkle of Hamlin, NY.; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special friends Anita King, Carol Barrett, and Stephen Montgomery. She was a graduate of Bradley University in May of 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She was a legal secretary for Warren Danz and then for Spencer Daniels. She was an accounting technician for Fort Transfer for 14 years last working in May of 2008. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights. Mary Ellen loved to read and spend time with family and friends. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday October 29, 2008 at St. Thomas Church. Rev. Thomas Taylor officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with a Rosary at 7:45 p.m. Further visitation will be 30 minutes before services at church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorials to the Education Fund for Valerie Zerkle c/o Associated Bank or the American Cancer Society. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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