Eleanor Joyce Tunis, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 12:05 a.m., Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Autumn Accolade in rural Green Valley.
Born December 22, 1931 in Brodhead, Wisconsin to Elmer and Daisy (Clark) Schlink, she married Dennis R. Tunis on May 1, 1954 in Sunnyland. He survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Kathy (Bob) Bachman of Clermont, Florida, Denese (Jerry Oatman) Massey of Minier and Lorraine “Lori” (Jon Wilcoxson) Tunis of Mason City; two sons, Shawn (Sandi) Tunis of Northport, Florida, and Michael “Skeeter” (Susan) Tunis of Pekin; 18 grandchildren, Shawnda, Tonya, Charity, Peggy, Bobby, Jeff, Sarah, Terri, Steven, Robbie, Jay, Mike, Marshae, Dustin, Terry, Joyce, James and Janessa and many great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her Autumn Accolade sister, Dolores Bauernfeind.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Don Tunis and James Tunis; one grandson, Calvin Tunis; one brother; and two sisters.
She co-managed Tunis Aviation at the Waddell Airport in rural Manito for 7 years.
A resident of Autumn Accolade, she enjoyed attending the church services held there. She also enjoyed listening to music, formerly going to garage sales and always spending time with her grandchildren.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where visitation will be one hour before the funeral. Pastor Don Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southside Mission, P.O. Box 5579, Peoria, IL 61601 or to Peoria Rescue Ministries, P.O. Box 837, Peoria, IL 61652-0837
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