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Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Diann Sue (Closen) Raithel

January 31, 1949September 6, 2019
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Diann Sue (Closen) Raithel, born January 31, 1949, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019, at her home in East Peoria, Illinois, at the age of 70. Diann grew up in Bellevue, Illinois, with her parents, Lester and Naomi Closen; and younger siblings, Cindy and Bob. After graduating from Limestone Community High School in 1967, she began a clerical job at Komatsu (formerly WABCO), where she met her husband of 42 years, Elmer Raithel. Elmer and Diann were married from 1969 until Elmer’s death in 2013, and they raised four children together, Dawn Michelle, Steven Lawrence, Bradley Paul and Deena Renee. Diann was employed as a secretary for the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Bradley University for many years, a job she very much enjoyed until her retirement in 2015. Diann was a dedicated person of Christian faith, attending regular services at Crosspoint Church in East Peoria, Illinois, where she felt loved and supported by clergy and churchgoers alike. Diann was predeceased by her parents and spouse. She is survived by a large family, including her two siblings, Cindy and Bob (Deb); a half sister, Thelma Alberts; her four children and their spouses, Dawn and Nicholas Tornow, Steven and Kathy Raithel, Bradley and Rebecca Raithel and Deena Raithel and Walter Webb; grandchildren, Naomi Evangeline, Eden Nicholle and Nicholas Cain Tornow,John Calvin Hunt, Jeanna Marie and Jennifer Renae,Cameron Renee and Connor Alexander Raithel and Maia Ruth Webb; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. At the time of her passing, Diann was surrounded by family, exactly the way she lived. Her vibrant, kind personality and comforting, generous presence will long be remembered by all who were close to her. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. Pastor Eric Livingston will officiate. Additional visitation will be held an hour prior to services. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice or Easter Seals. Online condolences may be made at www.davison-fulton.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Lester Closen, Father
  • Naomi Closen, Mother
  • Elmer Raithel, Husband
  • Dawn and Nicholas Tornow, Daughter
  • Steven and Kathy Raithel, Son
  • Bradley and Rebecca Raithel, Son
  • Deena Raithel and Walter Webb, Daughter
  • Naomi Evangeline, Eden Nicholle and Nicholas Cain Tornow, John Calvin Hunt, Jeanna Marie and Jennifer Renae, Cameron Renee and Connor Alexander Raithel and Maia Ruth Webb, Grandchildren
  • Several Great Grandchildren
  • Bob and Deb Closen, Brother
  • Cindy ~, Sister
  • Thelma Alberts, Half Sister
  • Many Nieces and Nephews
  • DONATIONS

  • OSF Hospice
  • Easter Seals

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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Carolyn Rosser

September 9, 2019

Diann and I worked in the same building at Bradley University. She always seemed to have a smile on her face and was a joy to bump into and have a short chat each time. My son also knew her since he minored in both Philosophy and Religion and recalls that she was a pleasure. Diann will surely be missed and I am so sorry for the family's loss.

Stanley Harris

September 9, 2019

I came to know Diann thru her husband Elmer whom I worked with at Komatsu for over 20 plus years. There are so many wonderful things I could say about Diann but most of all is that she was a caring person who warmly welcomed you after meeting her. She will definitely be missed.

Leah Leas

September 9, 2019

Diann will be greatly missed. She had a sweetness and passion for life that was inspiring to be around. She was a true angel and loved by many. My family and I were very blessed to have known her and we send our love to the family.

With the greatest love,
Dennis & Glenda Leas, Jay & Lacey Reed, & Bobby & Leah Stewart

Robyn Emery

September 7, 2019

Cindy and Bob, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister, it’s just unbelievable to me. However I am glad that she is with God and did not have to continue suffering. Another Angel grew wings. I am certain that your Mom and Dad was glad to see her. My sympathies to your family.

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