Hedwig "Hedi"'s Story
Hedwig Pedrazoli, 83, of Danville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 10 from 4-7 p.m. at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams Street, in Danville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 444 E. Main Street, in Danville, with Father Loftus officiating, with a private burial to follow.
Hedi was born in Niederfell, Germany on Aug. 28, 1933 to Josef and Katarina (Anderas) Reif. She attended school in Germany and then worked as an Au Pairs for a French family and on the tourist cruise line Koln-Dusseldorfer on the Mosel river out of Koblenz. She moved to the U.S. as a newlywed on Jan. 24, 1960, where she and her husband arrived in New York City, and later moved to Rudolf, Wis. They eventually settled on Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. In 1969, they moved to Kokomo, Ind. and Hedi began her career at JCPenney. In 1971, the family moved to Danville, where she continued her career at Penney's until her retirement the year before they closed the store after 28 years of service. She loved her family and was very active in her children's schools, and later her grandchildren's extracurricular activities. Hedi loved to cook, sew and knit, and in fact made more quilts, sweaters, doll clothes and Barbie clothes than anyone could count. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church for over 25 years, a member of The Red Hats, and was in the 522 Club (JCPenney Retirees). She was a volunteer for American Cancer Society, as she was a survivor of lymphoma, as well as for American Heart Association and The Alzheimer's Association.
Hedi married William "Bill" Pedrazoli in 1958 and the two were inseparable; you wouldn't often find one without the other. They enjoyed sharing numerous trips to Germany, Wisconsin, and all over the United States. Hedi leaves behind her loving husband Bill; four children: Monika Pedrazoli-Hickman, Angelina Pedrazoli, Donna (Brad) Barth, and Kevin Pedrazoli; seven grandchildren: Heidi Pedrazoli, Steven Pedrazoli, Danielle Hickman, Ashley (Brad) Lankster, Allen Pedrazoli, Samantha Pedrazoli, and Drew Barth; six great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and another great-great grandchild due this summer. She will also be greatly missed by her three sisters: Renate Wilding, Margot Berzau, and Elfriede (Guy) Pautre and her three brothers: Erich (Hilde) Reif, Youpas Reif, and Henie (Josefa) Reif; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Rudi and an infant brother.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Hedi's name to Holy Family Catholic Church or The Alzheimer's Association.
Published on February 8, 2017