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Mary D. Pelke - 70

Lansing, Illinois


Mary D. Pelke nee Shaffer. Age 70. Longtime Lansing resident, formerly of Dolton. Graduate of Thornridge High School. Mary was well known for beautiful gardens at her house and lake house. Lover of Rock and Roll music. Wife for 41 years of Scott Pelke. Mother of Ian Pelke. Grandmother of Mason Pelke, Payton (Makenzie Welsh) Pelke and Gavin Pelke. Great Grandmother of Greyson Pelke. Daughter of the late Roy Shaffer and Mildred nee Robertson. Sister of Robert (late Cindy) Shaffer, Patricia (Steven) Anderson, the late Jim Shaffer and Judith (late James) Antill. Sister-in-law of Steven (late Susan) Pelke and Paul (Patricia) Pelke. Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Friend of many. Memorial visitation at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th Street (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Saturday July 20, 2024 from 1:00 pm until time of memorial services 3:00 pm. Burial private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary’s name to the South Suburban Humane Society, 21800 S Central, Matteson, IL, 60443 or would be appreciated by the Pelke family. Info 708-481-9230 and


  • Patty Pelke

    2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Scott- we're so very sorry for this devastating loss. Mary was a free spirit who loved music, her gardens, the sun, moon, and the stars. She will continue to be your heavenly guiding light. Rest in peace dear Mary, the wind will always cry your name. Sending love and our deepest sympathies- Paul & Patty 

  • Lisa Antill

    1 day, 21 hours ago

    Dear Pat, Rob and Scott. The Antill family will forever miss Aunt Mary. I hope she found her sister, Judith and they are both dancing pain free. I know Mary missed Judith's daily calls and her trips to Iowa. She supported our family when Judith passed last August and I truly believe she died of a broken heart. I grew up with Mary, we are only 11 years apart. She was like my "big" sister. I babysat her son. She would visit each summer and bring all her favorite albums and let me listen and sing to the words, even though I can't sing. It was so cool when she moved in with us. She took me to music jams and concerts. She was my go to when I needed to get out of the house. My heart aches for you Mimi, I believe you left this earth way too early and we still had lost of things to do. I will miss your cards, love and phone calls. Your loving niece, Lisa Marie.

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