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Denise L. Leuthold

2/3/1974 - 2/14/2013

PEORIA ~ Denise L. Leuthold, 39, of Peoria, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013 at her residence.

Born February 3, 1974 in Dade County, FL to Douglas P. and Diane E. (Sailors) Newton, she married Nathan Andrew Leuthold on July 15, 1995 in LaSalle, IL.  He survives.

Also surviving are her parents of Peoria; three children, Seth Leuthold, Julia Leuthold and Jenelle Leuthold, all at home; one sister, Deanna (Clint) Bachmann of Detroit Lake, MN; her grandparents, Geraldine Sailors, Alice Newton, both of Sterling, Robert and Betty Rauch of Ocala, FL and Lillian Smith of Pekin and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  She also leaves her in-laws, Bruce and Catherine Leuthold of Mapleton.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jack Newton, John Sailors and Virgil and Mae Leuthold.

Denise was a 1992 graduate of Faith Baptist Christian School in Pekin.  Denise was a member of LaMarsh Baptist Church in Mapleton.  She and her husband served as missionaries in Lithuania since 1998.  While Denise enjoyed many things, her greatest joy was that of being a wife and mother.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18040 Unsicker Road, Groveland.  The Rev. Dr. Steven Hauter will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.  Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton.  The Rev Dr. Keith Thibo and Pastor David Sexton will officiate at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an account at CEFCU for the children.

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