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Nancy J. Papish

June 1, 1941 — August 13, 2023


Nancy Papish, 82, of Colona passed away August 13, 2023 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


Graveside services will be 10am Wednesday at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline.


Nancy was born June 1, 1941 in Moline, IL the daughter of Richard O. and Mary L. (Gordon) Peterson. She married Howard Whitehair June 20, 1959 in Colona, IL. He passed away July 21, 1970. Nancy enjoyed crafting, flower arranging, gardening, cooking and loved her cats.


Survivors include her children Tina Barkell, Brian (Felicia) Whitehair, Lora Whitehair, Paula (Lynn) Summers, Branson (Alison) Rasko, and Natalie Leal; 17 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and sisters Shirley Elfstrom, Betty (Arnie) Keslar, Jane (Steve) Smith, and Sr. Mary Joseph Peterson.


Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a grandson Zachary.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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