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Grace M. Gura: 1935-2017

STREATOR — Grace M. Gura, 82, of Streator, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 13, at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Solon-Telford Funeral Home. The Rev. Father Raymond Guthrie will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Solon-Telford Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Streator. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Robert and James Matusik and Dale, Daniel and Terry Simpson; Don Gura; and a friend, Mary Ann Jacupcak.

Born Feb. 18, 1935, in Streator, she was the daughter of Ira and Nellie (Anderson) Fears. She married Edward J. Gura on Oct. 19, 1963, at St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Streator. He preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 2006.

She is survived by daughters, Gail Gura and Jennifer Gura, both of Streator; and a sister, Dorothy Gerdes, of Benson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Ellsworth, Leonard, Lester and Joseph Fears; and sisters, Esther Fears, Alta Cioni, Mary Westland and Nellie Hansen.

Raised in Toluca, she attended Toluca grade schools and graduated from Toluca High School with the Class of 1953.

She worked for Owens-Illinois Glass Company for 19 years and later worked for St. Mary’s Hospital for 23 years in the office. She retired in 1995.

She was a member of the former St. Casimir’s Church and the Altar and Rosary Society of her church. She also was a member of the Polish National Alliance.

Grace was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving, giving person who took much joy out of making others happy.  She will be truly missed.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Solon-Telford Funeral Home

301 S. Park St., Streator, IL 61364


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