Mary Corle "Pete" Rast, 72 of Maryville, Ill., born Aug. 1, 1944, in East St. Louis, Ill., went home on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.
Born at Christian Welfare Hospital in East St. Louis, Ill., to Virginia F. and Marcus J. Rast, she lived in East St. Louis, Ill., through 1966. She was a cheerleader and a graduate of East St. Louis Senior High School, and was awarded the W.T. Grant Foundation College Scholarship which enabled her to attend and graduate from Monmouth College.
Following graduation Mary worked for Ralston Purina and then was the biology lab manager at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, for 45 years. It was there she met her husband, Bob Cunningham, whom she married July 19, 2012. They were together for more than 33 years. She was known for her smile and pleasant personality. Mary loved watching birds and wildlife, gardening, and traveling with her husband. Through that travel she became well known and loved by the hockey community throughout the nation. She also was a passionate St. Louis Blues fan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marcus J. and Virginia, nee Peebles, Rast.
Surviving are her husband, Bob Cunningham; sisters, Dixie (Ray) Reedy of Titusville, Fla., and Pattie Ovies of Swansea, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Daniel Ovies of Swansea, Ill., Lynn Bauman of Grants Pass, Ore., Debbie (John) Spadt of Micco, Fla., Suzie (Tony) Brees of Mims, Fla., Scott (Jody) Reedy of Johnson City, Tenn., and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to thank everyone who cared for Mary. She was well cared for by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, Mo., and Hospice of Southern Illinois. Their care was magnificent.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary's name are requested. Please make these to any of the following: Missouri Botanical Gardens, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society, The Gardens at SIUE, and they can be mailed to the funeral home. For condolences go to barrywilsonfuneralhome.com
Visitation: A gathering from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville, Ill.
Funeral: Services will follow at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at Barry Wilson Funeral Home.
The family would like to invite everyone to a dinner and celebration of Mary's life, to be held fromf 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at the Lewis and Clark Mannie Jackson Center, 1210 N. Main Street, Edwardsville, Ill. To ensure that appropriate arrangements can be made for all, please RSVP you're attending to Bob Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-941-5625.
BARRY WILSON FUNERAL HOME, Maryville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 4, 2016