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Darci J. Nitzschke

5/27/1960 - 10/6/2018

PEKIN ~ Darci Jean Nitzschke, 58, of Pekin, passed away at noon, Saturday, October 6, 2018 at her home with her family at her side.  She fought a courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 27, 1960 in Peoria to Charles J. and Shirley Nadine (Soldwedel) Burson, she married Michael Nitzschke.

Surviving are one son, Beau Nitzchke of Pekin; one brother, Charles “Chuck” (Carol) Burson of Pekin; three sisters, Dawn Burson and Sue (Kelly) Vansaghi, both of Pekin, and Sheri (Dan) Rochford of Littleton, Colorado; nine nieces and nephews; and sixteen grandnieces and grandnephews.  She also leaves behind her beloved Dachshunds Bentley and Maggie May, grand-dog, Malakie.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Darci worked for Tazewell / Pekin Consolidated Communications Center (TAZCOM) in Pekin for 32 years, retiring June 30, 2018 as a dispatch supervisor.  She received Tele communicator of the Year award in 1994 and 2000.  She had trained and mentored numerous co-workers.  She was a member of the Peer Support Team, Tri-County Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 105 in Pekin.  Darci had organized Christmas baskets and gifts for children in need.

Previously, she worked as a clerk at Camille’s Sporting Goods and manager of Little Caesars, both in Pekin. 

Darci was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and also a Bob Seger fan.

Darci will be remembered for helping others, her true friendship, and her ability to light up a room with her unique personality and contagious laugh.

Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Inurnment will be at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin. 

Per Darci’s wishes, everyone attending the visitation is encouraged to wear Chicago Cubs attire in honor of her lifelong love of the Cubs and Wrigley Field. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Books From Brek, Pink Heals, or to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

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