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Joyce Acra

9/13/1935 - 12/24/2017

PEKIN ~ Joyce Lohnes Acra, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Unity Point Health – Methodist in Peoria.

Born September 13, 1935 in Peoria to Paul and Hazel D. (Radefeld) Lohnes, she married Dajer Jose Acra on July 13, 1957 in St. Louis, MO. He died in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, George Lohnes.

Surviving are three sons, Ricardo (Ana) Acra of Oviedo, FL, Michael Acra of Dominican Republic and Dajer “DJ” (Tracy) Acra of Pekin; two daughters, Elena (Mark) Shields of Naples, FL and Paula Tiesi of Bradenton, FL and 13 grandchildren, Natasha, Yanire, Jon Michael, Jonathan, Genevieve, Penelope, Patricia, Andre’, Gabriel, Alexander, Christopher, Elijah and Chabelli.

Joyce had worked as a nurse for 24 years, retiring in 1998.

A faithful servant, Joyce was committed to God and found comfort in praying for others, serving the sick and less fortunate. She was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.

Joyce enjoyed growing and arranging flowers and watching birds. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her dog, Princess.

Her private funeral will be Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Father Michael Andrejek will officiate. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in care of her church, 303 South 7th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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