1926 - 2017

Mary Jane Sipka, 90, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 6:31 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at Morton Villa Health Care & Rehab in Morton.

Born May 17, 1926, in Cherokee, Iowa, to Paul W. and Ethel Rose Marie Harms Shafer. She married Walter Sipka June 24, 1946, in Chicago. He died July 19, 2008, in Pekin.

Also preceding her in death were her parents.

Surviving are two sons, Michael P. (Leah) Sipka and Stephen K. Sipka, both of Pekin; two grandchildren, Shelly (Chris) Bitner of Edwards and Michael K. Sipka of Pekin; and three great-grandchildren, Owen Sipka, Max Sipka and Claire Bitner.

Mary Jane had worked for Pekin Insurance for 20 years.

A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mary Jane enjoyed traveling to Wisconsin and Florida to visit family, playing cards, gambling, watching baseball, laying in the sun, shopping, cooking and getting together with family and friends and having a good time.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 10, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Daniel Bishop will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate, 4722 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614.

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