Mary Corle "Pete" Rast, 72, of Maryville, Ill., went home on Aug. 5, 2016.
She was born at Christian Welfare Hospital in East St. Louis on Aug. 1, 1944 to Virginia F. and Marcus J. Rast. She lived in East St. Louis through 1966. She was a cheerleader and a graduate of East St. Louis Senior High School. Mary was awarded the W T Grant Foundation College Scholarship which enabled her to attend the graduate from Monmouth College. Following graduation Mary worked for Ralston Purina and then was the biology lab manager at SIUE for 45 years. It was there she met her husband, Bob Cunningham, whom she married on July 19, 2012. They were together for more than 33 years.
Mary was known for her smile and pleasant personality. She 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.
Mary is survived by her husband, Bob Cunningham; sisters, Dixie (Ray) Reedy, Titusville, Fla., and Pattie Ovies of Swansea, Ill.; her 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., and 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, 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: Services for Mary will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, with a gathering from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville, Ill.
Funeral: Services will follow at 1 p.m. The family would like to invite everyone to a dinner and celebration of Mary's life, to be held at the Lewis and Clark Mannie Jackson Center, 1210 N. Main Street, Edwardsville, Ill., from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. To ensure that appropriate arrangements can be made for all, please RSVP you're attending to Bob Cunningham by Sept. 1. You can reach him at email@example.com or 314-941-5625.
BARRY WILSON FUNERAL HOME, Maryville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 14, 2016