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PEORIA ~ Karen Irene Patterson, 77, of Peoria, passed away at 4:22 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born August 11, 1939 in Peoria to Howard and June (Hursey) Stear, she married Thomas Patterson on May 25, 1968 in Peoria. He died July 28, 2008 in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Howard Rieck.

Surviving are one daughter, Dianna Pichon of Peoria; three sons, John (Dori) Rieck of Clayton, North Carolina, Bill Rieck and Tommy Patterson, both of Peoria; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lila (Ron) Severs of Minnesota, JoAnne (Bob) Sumner of Goodfield and Susan (Steve) Gasser of Mackinaw and one brother, Tom Hursey of Minnesota.

Karen retired in 2007 from Rosewood Care Center after more than 20 years of service.

She loved spending time with her family, playing bingo and doing ceramics.

Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. There will be no services or visitation.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 4722 N. Sheridan Rd., Peoria, IL 61614 or Peoria Humane Society, 2600 NE Perry St., Peoria, IL 61603.

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