|4/7/2014 11:55:00 AM|
William L. “Bill” Liebhart, 76, of Peru passed away the night of April 5, 2014, in Manor Court of Peru.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Mueller Funeral Home, Peru, followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Peru with the Rev. William Gardner officiating. Burial will follow at St. Vincent’s Cemetery, La Salle with full military rites conducted by Peru Veterans Memorial Group.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with recital of the rosary at 3:45 p.m.
Mr. Liebhart was born July 22, 1937, in La Salle to August and Anna (Stuppy) Liebhart. He married Myra Stormer on Oct. 19, 1968, in Washington.
Bill graduated from Sherwood School of Music with a bachelor degree in music education, and sang with the Lyric Opera Company in Chicago. He then earned his master degree in music education from Northern Illinois University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1966.
He was a music educator for more than 37 years working at St. Bede Academy in Peru and Fieldcrest C.U.S.D. 6. Bill worked as the Park and Recreational Director/Pool Manager in La Salle for several years. He received the Pere Marquette Award in 2012. Bill was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Peru and was director of the church choir for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Myra of Peru; one daughter, Julie (David) Montez of Spring Valley; three grandchildren, Joseph, Angela and Tess Montez; two brothers, Andrew and Ramon Liebhart both of La Salle; three sisters, Gita (Harold) Smith of Peru, Mary Carol Jesiolowski, of La Salle and Helen Liebhart of La Salle; one aunt, Imogene Palmer of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Richard, Claude, Joseph and August “Bim” Liebhart; two sisters, Katherine and Audrey Liebhart.
Pallbearers will be David Montez, Joseph Montez, Angela Montez, Tess Montez, Michael Liebhart, Arthur Windy and Ron Windy. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Liebhart and James Judy.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Bede Academy in Peru or Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru.
The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.Mueller
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