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Elsie A. Strasser

8/20/1937 - 10/12/2019

PEKIN ~ Elsie Astrid Strasser, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 12:29 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria.

Born August 20, 1937 in Bloomington to Walter and Judith (Olsson) Thees, she married Bruce Strasser on May 2, 1987 in Pekin. He survives.

Surviving are one daughter, Carrie (Guy) Wallinger of Pekin; three sons, Richard (Kathy) Strasser of Edmond, OK, Stephen (Ann) Strasser of Mishawaka, IN, and Robert Strasser of Pekin; eight grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Marilyn Mason.

Elsie was a homemaker raising her 4 children. The last 15 years her free time has been spent with the Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She was Past Matron of the Celestial City Chapter, Dual member of the Mystic Tide Chapter, Grand Lecturer Emeritus and Grand Representative of Iowa in Illinois.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Order of the Eastern of Star Rites will be held following the visitation at 7 p.m. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Rev Judy Steger Kennedy will officiate.   Burial will follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Order of the Eastern Star Endowment Trust Fund of Illinois, P.O. Box 317, 9894 Star Ln., Macon, IL 62544.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

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