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<img style="width: 200px; height: 302px;" src="/_data/images/cascia%2C%20dolores%20engagement.jpg" alt="" />PEKIN ~ Dolores Johanna Mary Cascia, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 8:56 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the Villas of Hollybrook in Pekin.

Born October 19, 1927, in St. Louis, Missouri to Edward George and Elsie Amalia (Roberts) Pecher, she married Vito Egidio Cascia on June 16, 1951, in Jefferson City, Missouri.  He died May 19, 1969, in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Gary Cascia on September 1, 2007, and Vincent Cascia on July 26, 2009, and one brother, Edward Pecher.

Surviving are four sons, Mark (Betty) Cascia of Barrington, Bruce (Cathleen) Cascia of Glenview, Neil (Andrea) Cascia of San Marcos, California and Glen (Tiffany) Cascia of Pekin, one daughter, Diane (Paul) Alexander, D.V.M. of Salem, Oregon, daughter-in-law, Terrill (Vincent) Cascia of Manhattan Beach, California; ten grandchildren, Logan Cascia, Hayes Cascia, Krista (Andrew Hardison) Cascia, M.D., Jamie Cascia, Matthew Cascia, Sara Cascia, Taylor Cascia, Riley Cascia, Mitchell Cascia and Tess Cascia; one brother, Fred (Judy) Pecher of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and one sister, Virginia (Richard) Fister of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Dolores was a 1949 graduate of Le Clerc College in Belleville, IL, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  She also earned her Teaching Certificate and worked prior to her marriage as a high school teacher in Auxvasse, Missouri.  She later worked as a teacher’s assistant for the South Pekin Grade School District from 1984 to 1986, along with working for the Tazewell County Zoning Department during that time.  She then worked for the Tazewell County Circuit Clerk’s Office in the microfilm department, retiring in June 1996.

She was a devoted member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister from 1990 to 1997 and with R.C.I.A. for four years, including 3 years as a sponsor.  Dolores was involved in several W.A.T.C.H. and Cursillo spiritual retreats through her church.  She was a Benedictine Oblate. 

She was a long time member of the Homemaker’s Club with the Tazewell County Home Extension and her Bridge Club.  In earlier years, she was a Cub Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout Leader for her children.  In later years she was an active member of the Red Hat Society.

Her greatest accomplishment was raising seven children on her own following the sudden and untimely death of her husband.  Her children and grandchildren will remember her as a loving, humble, inspirational, kindhearted and gracious role model.

Her funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.  Father Michael Andrejek will officiate.  Visitation will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where the recitation of the Rosary will be held at 1:15 p.m.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 303 South 7th Street, Pekin, IL  61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com