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Fredrick Porzelius

May 24, 1933 — December 9, 2014

Fredrick J. Porzelius

Chenoa- Fredrick J. Porzelius, 81, of Chenoa, IL passed away at 3:15 pm on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on May 24, 1933 in Secor, IL a son of Walter and Catherine Boeringa Porzelius. He married Marilyn Frobish on July 24, 1954 at the Salem Mennonite Church in rural Gridley. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Jane (Ron) Smaga of Bloomingdale, IL and their children, Nick Smaga (Dana Daniels); Jackie (Nate) Schroeder; Jim Smaga; and great granddaughter Zoey Schroeder; daughter Janet (Tim) Schumacher of Bluffton, OH and their children, Hannah, Isaac, Lily, Joseph, and Levi; son Tom (Kathy Peavler) Porzelius of Gridley, IL and their children, Kayla (Keith) Belzer; Aaron Porzelius; Juan Hernandez; and Noah Porzelius (Amy Kuebler); son Paul (Dorothy Orendorff) Porzelius and their children, Becky Maubach (Mike Burns); Brooke Evans, Paige and Staci Porzelius; Natalie and Ben Jenkins; and great grandchildren Ava Evans, Bailey Sollars, Kendall Jenkins, Mikkell Knock, Christian Clark, and one brother, Ernie Porzelius of Bluffton, OH.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Augspurger and Dorothy Becker.

Fred worked as a farmer. He served as a volunteer with the Civilian Public Service during the Korean War for two years. He also served with the Mennonite Relief Sale, Meadows Mennonite Home board, Gridley High School board, and the Mennonite Disaster Services. Fred loved life as a farmer, his family, and serving and helping others.

He was a member of the Prairieview Mennonite Church in rural Gridley where funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 15, 2014. Rev. Jane Roeschley will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Sunday at the Prairieview Mennonite Family Life Center. Burial will be in Waldo Township Cemetery in rural Gridley. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso is handling arrangements for the family.

Memorials may be made to the Prairieview Mennonite Church, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, or Advocate BroMenn Hospice. The family would like to thank Advocate BroMenn Hospice and Meadows Mennonite for their help and care.

Online condolences may be directed to his family at


DEC 14. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

Prairieview Mennonite Family Life Center
Gridley, IL

Funeral Service

DEC 15. 11:00 AM (CST)

Prairieview Mennonite Church
Gridley, IL

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