Catherine L. “Katie” Peat, 96, of Palmer, passed away at 4:31 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.


Katie was born March 6, 1925 in Taylorville, the daughter of Guy and Mamie (Decker) Irwin. At 9 months old, Katie’s mother died, and she was raised by her older sister, Hazel, and her husband, Joe Sincavage. She graduated from Taylorville High School in 1943, and worked for a short time at Montgomery Ward’s in Taylorville, and then for Harry Dillabaugh’s jewelry store in Morrisonville. Katie married Benjamin J. Peat, Jr. on September 24, 1948, and she worked beside him to raise their family and tend to the farming duties. He preceded her in death on May 12, 2010.


Katie was a dedicated member of the Palmer Advent Christian Church, where she was a Past President of the Women’s Home and Foreign Missions. She had a love for her community, and helped with many events, but she especially took great pride in the annual Palmer Picnic, through the Palmer Community Club. Katie was also active in the Order of the Eastern Star in Morrisonville, American Legion Auxiliary, and she served as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts. She was feisty and determined, yet she had a wonderful sense of humor. Family was everything to Katie, and there was nothing she would rather do than spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Stephen Peat; daughter, Carol Ann Peat; sisters, Hazel (her husband, Joe) Sincavage, and Ruby (her husband, Bill) Lawyer; and brother Ernest (his wife, Lucille) Irwin.

Katie is survived by her son, David (wife, Nancy) Peat of Paw Paw; daughters, Linda (husband, Mike) Sheedy of Morrisonville, and Janet (husband, Jim) Lane of Dade City, FL; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren, and another on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: the family will receive friends from 10:00-12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St, Morrisonville, IL 62546. The funeral ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. George Elder officiating.


Interment will follow the ceremony at Morrisonville Cemetery in Morrisonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Kitchell Memorial Library, 300 SE 5th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or American Legion Post #721, 607 Ricks Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.


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