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Judith “Judy” May Hand

Peoria – Judith “Judy” May Hand, 77, of Peoria, passed away at 8:19 AM on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Heddington Oaks in Peoria. She was born on July 28, 1942 in Peoria to LeRoy E. and Evelyn L. (St. Clair) Hand. She first married John Mathus, he survives, she then married Gene Schmidgall, he preceded her in death and she last married Ross Baer, he survives.

Surviving are three children, Gena Price of Louisiana, Terry (the late Lou Ann Dunham) Mathus of DeLand, FL, and Jean Ann Schmidgall of Peoria, IL; five grandchildren, Loreli, Candice, Breona, Stephen, and Emily; four great-grandchildren, Mia, Nathaniel, Madelyn, and Eleanor; two brothers, Art “Dick” (Sandy) Hand of Peoria and Gary (Paulette) Hand of DeLand, FL (formerly of Peoria); and one sister, Marilyn (Scott) Luster of Peoria.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, one son, David Mathus, and one nephew, Thomas Trainer.

Judy retired from Phillips Swager Associates in Peoria after 24 years.

Services will be held at 5 PM on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Homes in Bartonville, IL where a visitation will be held from 4-5 PM. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association. To view Judy’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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  • Nancy C. Davis

    Reply November 10, 2019 4:25 pm

    I am heart broken. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Nancy Davis

  • Brenda Lee

    Reply November 11, 2019 12:30 pm

    Bernie and I send our love and prayers to Marilyn, Dick and Gary and the entire family. We are saddened at the passing of Judy. May God Bless your family and may Judy’s Soul Rest In Peace

  • Dave Beckman

    Reply November 11, 2019 1:39 pm

    Our prayers are with Gary and Archie and the entire Hand family. May our Lord and God
    Jesus Christ be with each and everyone as they remember their loved one.
    Sincerely, Sally and Dave Beckman Ft. Myers , Florida

  • Sandy Arnold

    Reply November 14, 2019 2:09 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you, Marilyn!

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