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Bertha Burns

October 17, 1917 — May 16, 2017

Bertha C. Burns, 99, of Lacon, formerly Toluca, died on May 16, 2017 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born on October 17, 1917 in Toluca to the late Albert and Clara Bisio Grosso, she married Thomas Burns on September 6, 1950. Tom died on May 22, 2006. They spent their married life in Lacon.

Bertha was a legal secretary at Barnes and Barnes law office in Lacon for many years. In the past she has served on the Lacon Public Library Board, volunteered at Proctor Hospital, and was a former member of the Lacon Country Club. Bertha and Tom were avid travelers, enjoying trips to Europe, Africa, and the South Pacific.

Bertha is survived by: niece Michelle (Jim) Thompson of Streator; nephews Terrence (Judy) French of Texas, Thomas & Teresa French of Lacon; great nephews Jared (Kimberly) French of Peoria, Sergeant Evan French USMC of California; and great great nephews Haddon and Alastair.

Cremation rights have been accorded and there will be no services at this time. Burial of both Bertha and Tom's ashes will be this fall.

Memorial donations can be made in Bertha's name to the ARK Animal Shelter or Lacon Sparland Ambulance.

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