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Obituary for Judy A. Peck

Judith Ann Peck, 73, of Galesburg, passed into the loving arms of her heavenly Father at 2:35 p.m. Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Judy was born on September 3, 1943 in Galesburg.  Judy is survived by her mother, Rosemary Terpening of Galesburg; two daughters, Gina (Orlee) Lucero and Laura (Chris) Oestreicher both of Galesburg; as well as her pride and joy, six grandchildren, Taylor, Ashton, and Joey Lucero, Christopher, Megan, and Kate Oestreicher.  She was preceded in death by her father, Dale Terpening.

Judy graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1961 and then attended Brown’s Business College.  Judy started working for Galesburg School District #205 as a secretary at Henderson Grove School eventually becoming an aide throughout the district, spending her last 20 years at Galesburg High School.  She retired after 31 years in 2008. 

All of the students she worked with throughout the years always held a special place in her heart.  Judy was a devout Catholic.  She served on numerous religious organizations through the years including Birth Right, later known as Knox County Right to Life, an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Ladies of Mary, St. Vincent DePaul, and taught C.C.D. for several years.  She was on the S.P.E.C. team.  She received the Pere Marquette award from the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.  Judy had a strong and special devotion to the rosary the Blessed Mother Mary.  She was an avid Chicago Bulls fan and loved to laugh and dance.  No matter what, Judy never missed one of her grandchildren’s events from sporting events to theatrical performances. 

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg, with the rosary being prayed at 7 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Rev. Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio will officiate.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Galesburg.  Memorials may be made in Judy’s memory to St. Vincent De Paul Society or to Knox County Right to Life.

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory

1849 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401





7:00 PM
Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory

1849 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401






10:30 AM
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

2401 N. Broad St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61401

Cemetery Details


St. Joseph's Cemetery

Monmouth Blvd
Galesburg, IL 61401

Memorial Contribution

Knox County Right to Life

St. Vincent De Paul


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