Funeral of Laongdao Phangthong to be held Saturday

By WEEK Reporter

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Phouvone Sophanavong's family has arranged funeral and visitation services for Laongdao Phangthong Saturday. Phangthong's body was found in her car at a parking deck at OSF Saint Francis Medical center on November 4th.

Sophanavong's family considered Phangthong as one of their own. The visitation will be at 2pm at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel at 2021 N. University Street in Peoria. A traditional Laos funeral ceremony in the Bhuddist tradition will follow the visitation at 3pm. Bhuddist monks from Rockford and Elgin are expected to lead the ceremony.

Phangthong's body will be cremated and sent to her family in Laos.

We spoke with the family. Sophanavong's family will be collecting donations at the funeral to send to Phangthong's family overseas.

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