ForeverMissed
      Edward C. Levene was born February 23, 1933, in St Louis, Missouri to Virginia (Rickmann) Levene and Edward Levene. Ed proudly claimed his St Louis heritage, until his peaceful passing at Snyder Village in Metamora, February 23, 2020, exactly 87 years after his birth.
     Ed came to his eternal beliefs as a young man at St Louis Lutheran Grade and High School. He met his wife of 55 years, Geraldine Boecksteigel, in the same grade school. It was meant to be.
     Married in November 1954, Ed and Gerry welcomed three daughters Teresa (Leslie) Clemmer of Peoria, Jill (Jerry Vanek) Levene of Warren MN, and Janette (Low) Levene-Sims of Peoria. Ed served the US Air Force as a forward air controller in Korea from 1953 to 1957. Upon returning from Korea, Ed enrolled at Drake University, earning a degree in Art. Ed began exploring career opportunities that blended art with business need and found his career designing and selling business forms.
     After moving to Peoria in 1971, Ed and Gerry formed Pioneer Computer Products in 1975, selling business forms and computer supplies to businesses large and small in Central Illinois. Ed retired in 2001 and focused on expanding his art knowledge, playing the trumpet and helping Gerry with agility dogs.
     Ed, a lifelong Cardinals’ fan, whose love for the game was cemented in Sportsman Park stadium where, as a very young man, he sold soda in the bleachers. This love grew as the Cardinals forged their extraordinary baseball history of which he never tired of reminding anyone who knew him.
     Ed was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Tom, sister, Joan Perry and his wife, Gerry. Ed leaves behind three children, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Ed will be sorely missed by all.
     Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria immediately following the service.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to Redeemer Lutheran Church and/or Art Without Boundries 805 Carolyn Street, Mendota, IL 61342.
     Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria.
Posted by Pat Graber on February 28, 2020
My dad is Don Schmidgall and he ate with your dad at Snyder and was across the hall from him. We are so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time to stop over and tell dad personally. He shared with me that your dad using his one good arm would motion to him each morning as he left his room to the dining room. Our family will keep your family in our prayers.
Posted by Leslie Walsh on February 26, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I worked on many projects at the Illinois Art League with Ed. He made a big difference to all who knew him at the art league. He was a wonderful teacher in all he did. He will be missed.
Leslie Walsh

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Posted by Pat Graber on February 28, 2020
My dad is Don Schmidgall and he ate with your dad at Snyder and was across the hall from him. We are so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time to stop over and tell dad personally. He shared with me that your dad using his one good arm would motion to him each morning as he left his room to the dining room. Our family will keep your family in our prayers.
Posted by Leslie Walsh on February 26, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I worked on many projects at the Illinois Art League with Ed. He made a big difference to all who knew him at the art league. He was a wonderful teacher in all he did. He will be missed.
Leslie Walsh
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