Ellen L. Pavy, 74, of Spring Valley, died peacefully on March 8, 2020 in Heritage Health in Peru.
Memorial services will be 6:00 PM Saturday in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle with Rev. Glenn Foster officiating. Private burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 4-6:00 PM Saturday in the funeral home.
Ellen was born in Princeton on November 25, 1945 to Arthur and Alma (Eckberg) Bodelson. She was a homemaker, a manager at Wendy’s in Princeton, and an employee Gordon’s Jewelry Store in the Peru Mall. Ellen was a 1963 graduate of Walnut High School. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, New Bedford Christian Church, and New Bedford Coffee Clutch. She was also a vacation Bible school teacher.
Ellen married Phillip Gerbitz in 1963 and then married David Pavy in 1987. She was a devoted grandmother and avid book reader. She also enjoyed camping and sewing.
Ellen is survived by one son Wade (Brenda) Gerbitz of Malden; one daughter Stacy Gerbitz of La Salle; seven grandchildren Megan Gerbitz, Kendell Gerbitz, Luke (Cassie) Forney, Landon Forney, Logan Forney, Hannah Forney, and Hailey Forney; one great grandson Brayden Forney; longtime companion Bob Jennings of Streator; best friend Carol Fox of Rock Falls; one sister Lucille (Milton) Warfield of FL; and her very special cat, Sammy.
She was preceded in death by one son Chad Gerbitz in 1975, one daughter Trudy Forney in 2019, and two sisters Marie May and Clara Atkinson.
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