Celebrating the life of Nancy Rager
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ancy Rager, 79, of Peru, formerly of Washington, passed away at 5:00pm Thursday, June 15, 2023 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
She was born October 17, 1943 in Washington to the late Francis and Virginia Mammen McCann. She married Ronald L. Rager October 30, 1962 in Benton Harbor, MI; he preceded her in death January 4, 2010.
Surviving are her grandsons John Walsh, III of Lostant and Vance Walsh of Peru; and her two brothers, Hank McCann and Mike McCann.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Vance Rager; her daughter, Virginia Pokryfke; her siblings, Jim McCann, Marilyn Sieg, and Patrick McCann; and her granddaughter-in-law, Morgan Walsh.
Nancy was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, always there for her family. She supported her husband in all his endeavors over the years, and especially cherished and took seriously her role as a Deacon's wife. Nancy lived a life of faith and was active in the parishes she was a member of over the years.
She loved spending time with her friends and family and working puzzles, but above all else, loved nothing more than seeing her grandsons succeed. Despite her numerous personal tragedies and extensive medical history, Nancy was a survivor. Her sweet and strong spirit will be missed.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in LaSalle. Visitation will begin at 9:00am until the time of the Mass at the church. Inurnment will be at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. The Burgess Funeral Home in LaSalle is handling the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local PBS station or the American Kidney Fund.
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