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PEKIN ~ Pauline M. Sebelist, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018 at her home.

Born May 8, 1931 in Washington, Missouri to Robert William and Mary Rose (Garbs) Holtaus, Sr., she married Edgar A. Sebelist on April 21, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He died on August 7, 1979.  She also was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Surviving are two sons, Richard (Teresa) Sebelist and Andrew Sebelist, both of Pekin; three daughters, Joyce (Loren) Johnson of Marquette Heights, Jayne (Steven) Richards of Pekin and Christine (Wesley) Lannert of St. Charles, Missouri and one sister, Shirley Johnson of Birchtree, Missouri.

She worked as a baker at Venture for 19 years, retiring in 1989.  She also had done office work at We Care in Morton.

Pauline enjoyed reading newspapers and mystery books, watching detective TV shows and most of all, loving her grandchildren.

She was of the Catholic faith.

Her celebration of life gathering will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday March 23, 2018 at Avanti’s in Pekin.  Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

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