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Peter Wessler

August 15, 1957 November 24, 2020
Peter Wessler
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Lifelong Peoria resident, Peter Mehrings Wessler, 63, died on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 after a short illness due to COVID-19 complications.

Peter was born August 15, 1957 in Peoria and after graduating from Bradley University with a degree in Music Education, he took a job teaching music in Peoria Public School District 150, primarily at Woodruff High School, until his retirement in 2013. After he left the teaching position, he enjoyed being a driver for Peoria Charter Coach.

Peter was a talented musician and spent his life sharing that gift with others. In addition to teaching music in the public schools, Peter taught String Techniques to Music Education majors at Bradley University as an adjunct professor and was also the choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pekin. He played violin in the Peoria Symphony and enjoyed musical collaborations with his wife and children, all of whom are also professional musicians.

Peter served as the Lutheran Summer Music Academy Director since 2003 and was both the face and the backbone of the LSM summer community for almost two decades. To quote the LSM Executive Director Thomas Bandar, "His leadership always included kindness, patience, dedication to the students, and a reverence to the program he served. Peter was not only a faithful servant to LSM, but a friend to all, and an irreplaceable fixture in our community and our lives." Throughout his life, Peter was a humble servant, jumping in to help wherever and whenever needed. He touched so many lives.

Peter's greatest joy was his family and they feel his loss so very deeply: he leaves behind parents Max and Ardith Wessler; Uncle Rob Wessler; his wife of 38 years, Carol; his children Jonathan (Joy) and Daniel (Molly) and grandchildren Julia, Matthew and Benjamin, as well as his brother Kirk (MaryFran) and sister Tammy (Tom), and nieces and nephews. We take comfort in knowing that Peter rests in the arms of Christ and will rise with Him in Glory.

A private service will be held at Mt. Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pastor Barry Long officiating.

Please direct memorial gifts to Lutheran Summer Music, which has started a scholarship fund in Peter's memory:, and in Peter's memory, be kind and helpful and loving to everyone you meet.

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