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Lurene M. Aylward

Birth Date: December 6, 1919
Death Date: January 27, 2018

Lurene M. Aylward, 98, of Peoria formerly of Decatur, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Manor Court of Peoria.

Lurene was born December 6, 1919 in Sullivan, Illinois, the daughter of Eugene E. and Bertha M. “May” (McClure) Freese. She was a devoted homemaker and member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Lurene married Edwin C. Aylward on February 25, 1941 in Sullivan. He preceded her in death on January 29, 2004.

Surviving are her sons James E. Aylward, wife Dolores of DeLand, Florida, Robert L. Aylward, wife Kelly of Missouri City, Texas, and John P. “Patrick” Aylward, wife Michele of Fishers, Indiana, daughters Jane C. White, husband Tom of New Berlin, Wisconsin, Karon M. Meisel, husband Tom of Peoria, Marsha A. Rigg, husband Tom of Peoria, Theresa B. Verkler Iuarreguy, husband Art of Lancaster, South Carolina, and Barbara M. Brasser, husband Dean of Madison, Wisconsin, twenty-three grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lurene was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Paul C. Aylward, grandsons William E. Martinie and Eric Benjamin, three brothers, three sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Lurene’s life will be 11:00 AM Thursday, February 01, 2018, in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2160 N Edward St, Decatur, Rev. Richard Weltin celebrant. Visitation will be one hour before services in the church. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church or donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe Street, Decatur, IL 62526. View the obituary and send condolences to the family at

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February 1, 2018
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St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church
2160 N. Edward Decatur, IL 62526
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February 1, 2018
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2160 N. Edward Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. We are sending our thoughts and prayers for the passing of your mother. I remember as kids getting to swim at your house. Aunt Lurene always welcomed us. My mother, Ruth always enjoyed her time with Lurene. May you find peace in the good memories. Joe and Linda Tillery (daughter of Ruth and Gene Aylward)

  2. Brad and I are sending our love and prayers to Aunt Lurene's family. We have fond memories of visiting with Aunt Lurene and Uncle Edwin when they lived in Bloomington. We will offer our weekend Mass and Holy Communion for your family. Elizabeth (Aylward) Mehn

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