Shirley Ann Pletkovich, 83, of Peoria, died Monday, July 31, 2018. A celebration of life ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at First Federated Church, in Peoria. If all guests in attendance would please wear red, white and blue to honor Shirley's patriotism, the family would be most appreciative. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PCAPS or the Bradley University Alumni Office.

Shirley Ann Pletkovich, 83, of Peoria, died Monday, July 31, 2018. A celebration of life ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at First Federated Church, in Peoria. If all guests in attendance would please wear red, white and blue to honor Shirley’s patriotism, the family would be most appreciative. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PCAPS or the Bradley University Alumni Office.
Shirley was born Oct. 30, 1934, in Eau Claire, Wis., the daughter of Victor Preston and Alta Lucille (Smith) Hartwell. Shirley and her family moved to Peoria in 1943. She attended Columbia and Von Stuben Grade Schools and graduated from Peoria High School in 1952.
Shirley matriculated at Bradley University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 1956. During her studies at Bradley, she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and served as president of her senior class. Shirley co-hosted The Bradley House Party on WIRL Radio and worked at the station as a commercial writer. She also worked in the Bradley Speech Department.
On Aug. 2, 1958, Shirley married John R. Pletkovich in Princeville. Two sons were born to them. The family later resided in Geneseo and Kewanee. Shirley and her husband moved to Peoria in 2001. Over a 25 year teaching career, she taught in the Princeville, Geneseo, Orion and Annawan school systems. At Annawan, she coached girls’ varsity basketball and later girls’ middle school basketball.
Since her return to Peoria, Shirley held memberships in the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter, Peoria County Republican Women, and the United Presbyterian Church. In 2014, Shirley and John joined First Federated Church. She also was a member of various bowling and golf leagues and enjoyed bridge.
In addition to her husband, John, Shirley is survived by her sons, Tim (Melissa), of Peoria; and Tom, of Dallas, Texas; granddaughters, Torie Pletkovich, of San Diego, Calif.; and Kate (Dan) Schreiber, of Alameda, Calif.; and great-granddaughter, Isabel Schreiber, of Alameda, Calif.; sister, Sue (Tom) Krebs, of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, Jim (Louita) Hartwell, of Champaign; three nephews; two nieces; and a great niece. She was preceded in death by her four-legged companion, Dusty.