Friends and family of the late State Senator Pat Welch will hold an end-of-life celebration in his memory on January 19th at 2:00 at Starved Rock Lodge.

Welch passed away at age 71 this week following a stroke. In September, WLPO reported that he’d suffered from dementia and had gone missing temporarily.

The Peru Democrat represented much of the listening area in Springfield from 1983 to 2005.

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