Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

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Sally P. Des Jardins

9 agosto , 19642 diciembre , 2019
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Sally Des Jardins, age 55, of Peoria, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2019 after a long and well-fought battle with breast cancer. Although gone too soon, she was surrounded by her entire family when she finally passed.

She was born to Grace Ison (Balke) and James Gerodimos on August 9, 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Coronado High School in 1982, where she ran track & field. In 1984, she began working at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant where she met her husband-to-be, Paul Des Jardins of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The two moved to Peoria, Illinois in 1988 and were married in 1989. Sally worked various jobs in the Peoria area – she worked for Air-Vent and cleaned houses, but her true passion was looking after children in the community. However, Sally was first and foremost a mother. Her four children, Matthew Des Jardins (Emily), Danielle Garber (Jason), Nathan Des Jardins, and Natalie Des Jardins, were her whole world. The DJ’s were an avid sports family, and you could count on seeing Sally in the stands at every single game for all four of her children. She was a mother to more than just her children though. She always said, “the door is always open,” and her house became a home to anyone that walked through the door. She loved to visit her home state of Arizona and lay in the sun all day. She was always there to listen to you and she thought of everyone else before she thought of herself. Along with her children and mother, she is survived by her siblings, Kim Gerodimos, John Gerodimos (Leah), and Jill Rosenberry (Rich), along with her first grandchild, Addilyn Des Jardins of Matthew and Emily, and her husband Paul’s loving family. During her fight, the family lovingly coined the term, “DJ Strong,” a phrase that emulated all that Sally was – strong, not just in life, but in her unwavering faith in God. She was a fighter until the very end and was so deeply loved by all who knew her. She may be gone from this world, but she will stay with her family and friends forever. She is preceded in death by her father, James Gerodimos.

Visitation will be Friday Dec. 6, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria. A funeral mass will be Saturday Dec. 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the church. Additional visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. prior to the services. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any funds that would’ve been spent, are used to help a family in need, especially during the holiday season.

You may view Sally’s obituary and photos online at www.woolsey-wilton.com


  • Grace Ison (Balke) Gerodimos, Mother
  • James Gerodimos, Father
  • Paul Des Jardins, Husband
  • Matthew (Emily) Des Jardins, Son
  • Danielle (Jason) Garber, Daughter
  • Nathan Des Jardins, Son
  • Natalie Des Jardins, Daughter
  • Kim Gerodimos, Sister
  • John (Leah) Gerodimos, Brother
  • Jill (Rich) Rosenberry, Sister
  • Addilyn Des Jardins, First Grandchild
  • Sally's husband, Paul's Family, .
  • Sally was preceded in death by her father, James Gerodimos.

  • Help a family in need during the holidays


Servicios previos:

  • Visitation viernes, 6 diciembre , 2019
  • Visitation sábado, 7 diciembre , 2019
  • Funeral Mass sábado, 7 diciembre , 2019


  • Cremation rites will be accorded


Sally P. Des Jardins

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Jerry Robertson

diciembre 11, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Miss seeing you guys at PGSL after all those years.
Jerry Robertson

Karen Williams

diciembre 9, 2019

I am truly fortunate to have had a chance to get to know and admire Sally over the past 5 years. Even though we only spent a yearly 3-day Arizona adventure together every January for the past 5 years, Sally made me feel that I was genuinely a friend. I always looked forward to the next time we could all be together in Arizona

Sally had an amazing quiet, gentle sense of leadership: in her marriage, her parenting, and with her friends. I believe she will continue to touch her family and friends forever from heaven with her same loving care, humor and direction.

God bless you to Sally's family.

John & Renee Bolden

diciembre 7, 2019

We were very saddened to learn of Sally's passing. From our Biddy Bulls days, we found Sally to be a very caring, kind and gentle soul, which is a wonderful legacy to leave for family and all of us. Please accept our sincere condolences. We will keep you and Sally in our prayers and hope you are comforted by this memory.

Shelley Anderson

diciembre 6, 2019

Dear Paul and Des Jardins Family,

We were saddened to learn of Sally's passing. What an unbelievably strong woman she was. She provided so much inspiration to us in her kindness and her valiant fight. We have fond memories of her cheering on the girls at the Peoria Girls Sports League basketball games. We pray that your wonderful memories of her will help you through this difficult time.

The Anderson Family

Don Tanguilig

diciembre 6, 2019

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Leah Day

diciembre 5, 2019

The love the DJ's share has always been so obvious. The love your mom had in her eyes for each of you could be seen by everyone at all of those games she attended. She stayed strong through such a difficult time, we'd see her at church when she could make it. She leaves you with quite a gift, she's a remarkable woman. May she rest in peace, out of pain and suffering and knowing how strong her family is because they have each other.
Mark and Leah Day

Lois Boaz

diciembre 5, 2019

I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with Sally at all the Richwoods events. She was an amazing woman who obviously loved her family! I am so sorry for your loss! I’m thinking of and praying for your family.
Lois Boaz

Marty Yonker

diciembre 5, 2019

Des Jardins Family,
I wish to extend sympathy and love to you during this difficult time.
Mrs. Marty Yonker (Nate's fifth-grade teacher)

Patti Huson

diciembre 4, 2019

The Huson family is so saddened to here of Sallys passing.

Steve And Jessie Hietpas

diciembre 4, 2019

Sally was a woman of grace. She was kind and also generous with her time for others.... such an example to so many. It was always heartwarming to spend time with her.
Rest in His love and peace Sally.
Steve and Jessie Hietpas