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JoAnn D. Schelly

3/27/1930 - 11/3/2017

PEORIA ~ JoAnn Drew Schelly, 87, of Peoria, passed away at 1:07 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born March 27, 1930 in Chicago to Lester and Susan (Brakey) Drew, she married Dr. Robert Schelly on May 10, 1949 in Chicago.  He died August 3, 2008 in Peoria.  Also preceding her in death are her parents; one daughter, Suzanne Hopkins on August 15, 2013 in Peoria; three brothers and three sisters.  

Surviving are one daughter, Dr. Laura (Phil Jordan) Schelly of Peoria; three sons, Robert (Ling) Schelly of San Francisco, CA, Rudy (Marcy) Schelly of Stuttgart, Germany, Paul (Lynne) Schelly of Bettendorf, IA; eight grandchildren, Drew (Andrew) Baxter-Bradley, Brooke (Chris) Galvan, John Jordan, Katie Jordan, Hannah (Eric) Levine, Sam Schelly, Sarah Schelly and Nolan Schelly; two great grandchildren; one brother, Dick (Terry) Drew of Chicago and one sister, Peggy Kneprath of Florida.

JoAnn had managed her husband Dr. Robert Schelly’s office in Peoria for 40 years, retiring in 1995.

A loving and devoted mother and grandmother, she enjoyed playing tennis and bingo.  She was also the recipient of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Volunteer of the Year Award for Peoria in 2007.

JoAnn had been an active member of St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria where she sang in the choir.

Her memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria with Father David P. Richardson as the celebrant. There will be no visitation.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Philomena Catholic Church, 3300 North Twelve Oaks Drive, Peoria, IL 61604.

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