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Lietsch, Birdie Lillian
Birdie Lillian Lietsch, 79, of 712 Johnston St. Galesburg died at 6:30 PM Sunday April 4, 2010 at her home.

She was born January 31, 1931 in Galesburg the daughter of John and Pauline Riley McGahey. She married Harley W. "Bill" Lietsch on May 3, 1947 in Rock Island, IL. He survives.

Also surviving are four daughters Penny (Lynn) Hammer of Sterling, IL, Patricia (Rick) Koestner of Peoria, IL, Pamela (Chris) Taylor of Ellerslie, GA and Peggy (Joe) Tuszynski of Galesburg, IL; two brothers Jay and John McGahey both of Galesburg; four sisters Shirley Edwards, Patsy Mitchell, Bette (Ray) Smith and Mary (Bill) Galloway all of Galesburg; twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother Fred McGahey and three sisters Isabelle Gibbs, Clarcey White and Doris Ray.

She was a homemaker. She has lived in Galesburg her entire life. Birdie was a member of the First Baptist Church and the American Baptist Women's Circle.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM Saturday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. Daniel Siems will officiate. The family will receive friends following the services with a luncheon at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or to Hospice Compassus. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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