|12/16/2013 12:30:00 PM|
Judith Kay Gedraitis, 55, of Peru died Dec. 2, 2013, in London, England.
A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Hyacinth Church, La Salle. The Very Rev. Antonio Dittmer, the Rev. Paul Meismer and the Rev. Ronald Margher-io, O.S.B., will concelebrate. Burial will follow at St. Hya-cinth Cemetery. Cremation rites have been ac-corded.
Ptak Funeral Home, Peru, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Judith was born Oct. 3, 1958, in Spring Valley to John and Liza (Wold) Walton. One of five sisters, she grew up in Peru. She married Mark Gedraitis on Nov. 23, 1984, in Woodstock.
A devoted Catholic, she was a member of St. Hyacinth Church. She was a fervent reader as well as a burgeoning traveler, having recently visited Ireland, Poland and Italy with her husband and daughter.
She graduated with the first class of girls from St. Bede Academy and afterwards attended Illinois Valley Community College. Having changed careers later in life, she went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English at Illinois State University. She spent the last seven years as an English teacher at Putnam County High School. Here, she found her vocation in facilitating and expanding students’ exposure to literature and language. She was truly fulfilled with her chosen profession.
Survivors include her mother, Liza Wold of Ottawa; her husband, Mark of Peru; one daughter, Ashley (Gustav) Gedraitis Polisano of London, England; one stepson, Jason (Jennifer) Gedraitis of Dunlap; five grandchildren, Matthew, Allison, Jack, Julie and Luke Gedraitis; four sisters, Pam (Dan) Larkin of Anderson, S.C., Peggy (Ed) Hylla of La Salle, Terri (Paul) Barron of Greenville, S.C., and Kim (Jeff) Lundy of Ottawa.
She was preceded in death by her father and stepfather.
Memorials may be directed to the family for the establishment of an English scholarship in her memory at Putnam County High School.
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