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Paula Claude

March 16, 1945 October 17, 2014
Paula Claude
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PEORIA – Paula J. Claude, 69, of Peoria passed away at 3:02 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center after a long battle with breast cancer. Paula was born on Mar. 16 1945, in Peoria to Charles and Dorothy (Cox) Shafer. She married Robert Claude on July 23, 1966, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pekin. He survives. She is also survived by her children, Michelle (Ronald) Lloyd of Girard, Ill., and Melissa (Michael) Reedy and Monica (Robert) Stuart both of East Peoria; and seven grandchildren, Stan, Mason, Michaela, McKenna, Noah, Katherine, and Olivia. She was preceded in death by her parents. Paula worked for Johnson Controls for a number of years. She later worked for Caterpillar, where she retired. She enjoyed following her grandchildren’s athletic events and school activities. She was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and the German-American Society. Paula was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Father Thomas Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2104, also at the church. An additional visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Kickapoo. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Catholic School or the American Cancer Society. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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