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Darlene Volk


Darlene Marie (Ankiewicz) Volk, 75, of Peru passed peacefully in her sleep Jan. 19, 2020, in Peru.

A prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Mueller Funeral Home, Peru followed by a Mass of Christ-ian burial at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Peru with the Rev. Gregory Jarzombek, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Webster Park. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with a liturgical prayer service at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Volk was born May 24, 1944, in La Salle to John and Nellie (Mini) Ankiewicz. She was a graduate of La Salle-Peru Township High School. She married Robert Lee Volk on May 28, 1966, in St. Joseph’s Church, Peru.

Mrs. Volk was first and foremost a homemaker and mother. In addition to raising her children, she was also co-owner and operator of 12th St. Station in Peru for eight years, and continued to manage the property for many years. She was also a longtime employee of St. Joseph’s Church in Peru as an office secretary. As a member of the church, she belonged to the Mother’s Club and the Altar and Rosary Society and volunteered as a catechist. She enjoyed playing cards, playing golf and spending time at their cottage at Fish-N-Fun.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Robert; four children, Chris Volk and Andrea Znaniecki, both of Peru, Tim (Kathy) Volk of Cleves, Ohio and Dianna (Andy) Schroeder of Freeport; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary (Larry) Hiester of Tonica; four sisters-in-law, Joanne Fleming of Utica, Lois (Pete) Bistolfo of Plainfield, Kathy Ankiewicz of Peru and Bonnie Ankiewicz of Las Vegas, Nev.; four brothers-in-law, Don (Sandy) Volk of Anderson, Ind., Nick (Judy) Volk of Washington, Ill., Tom Volk of Chicago and Ed (Karen) Volk of Loveland, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Robert “Bob” Ankiewicz and Ron Ankiewicz.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Pat DeGraeve, John Bistolfo, Chuck Ball, Nick Volk, Rob Ankiewicz and John Hiester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for memorials to be established.

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