Tricia Suzzanne Kern, 52, formerly of Syracuse, passed away from cancer at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill., surrounded by family, on July 6, 2021. Tricia was born June 8, 1969, to Ralph and Dixie Shepler.
She lived in Syracuse until 1999 when she and her then husband, David J. Dutka relocated to Florida where she worked as a purchasing agent for Whitney and Sons Seafood Company. In 2012 she married Daniel Kern, who survives.
Tricia is survived by her husband, Daniel, Illinois; two children: Travis (Ashley Hattan) Shepler and Taylor (Zach Heatherington) Dutka; three grandchildren: Harper, Paris, and Axl; two sisters: Teri (Bob Sebesta) Herman of Creve Coeur, Ill.; and Elise Gans of Syracuse; sister-in-law: Deb (Dave) (Kern) Hollingsworth.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. on July 24, in the Northwest United Methodist Church, 3800 West War Memorial Dr., Peoria, Ill. Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Jennifer Newcomer (Tricia’s P.O.A.) 403 Rainbow Drive, Creve Coeur, IL 61610 to help with the cost of cremation and per Tricias wishes any donations collected after that will be divided between her children and grandchildren.
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