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Mary E. Maher Obituary
Mary E. Maher Born: March 10, 1929; In Merna, IL Died: May 1, 2014; In Dwight, IL Mary Elizabeth Maher, nee Gould, age 85, of Dwight, formerly of Goodfarm Road, Gardner, died at 5:25 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Heritage Manor, Dwight. She was adored wife of the late John Edmund Maher and beloved mother of nine children, all surviving. They had three sons, John (Karen) Maher Jr., Thomas (Alison) Maher, and Michael (Jeanne) Maher; and six daughters all named Mary, Mary Elizabeth Sweeney, Mary Angela McKinney, Mary Margaret (Tom) Brown, Mary Kathleen (Joe) Bessen, Mary Frances (Raymond) Bradford, and Mary Brigid (Mike) Braden. The loving grandmother to 30 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Mary was born March 10, 1929 in Merna, Illnois, daughter to Eugene and Angela (Kinsella)Gould. She was the third born of her nine brothers and sisters: The late Margaret Anne (the late Dr. William) Cusick, Rev. Michael Gould, MM (in Bolivia), Paul ( the late Margaret) Gould, the late Mark (Janet) Gould, Rita (the late Carl) Schulze, Angela (Jim) Bergin, David (Phyllis) Gould, Sr. Charlotte Gould, OP and Timothy (Ann) Gould. She was also the dear sister-in-law to nine Mahers: the late Mary Margaret (the late Joseph) Shumacher, the late Sr. Kathryn Maher, BVM, the late Rev. Thomas F. Maher, the late Frances (the late John) Hardin, the Rev. Arthur J. Maher, the late Therese (the late William ) Hanley, Joseph (Jackie) Maher, Nelle (Floyd) Kinsella, and the late Bartholomew (Diane) Maher. Mary is a graduate of Trinity High School in Bloomington, IL. and attended Little Company of Mary Hospital Nursing School in Chicago where her roommate, Therese Maher, invited her home once and she met her husband in the home she would live most of her life. She impeccably raised her family on the Maher Centennial farm with great love and joy. She and John shared 56 years of a very loving and romantic marriage together. Family and faith were the center of their lives. They were devoted members of their parishes: St. Lawrence in South Wilmington for many years and most recently, St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dwight. Their most memorable travels include two trips to Ireland, group tours one with each side of their siblings, and a trip to Rome with the Mahers that included a private audience with Saint Pope John Paul II. Mary will be remembered for her sincere kindness and considerate heart to all. She was called home to heaven on May 1st, her own mother's birthday. She was surrounded by her family and responded even in her last moments to the songs and prayers she recited every day of her long and faithful servant's life. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight. The funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dwight. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary's name to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, or St. Lawrence Catholic Church, South Wilmington. Hager Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at http://www.hagermemorial.com/
Published in Morris Daily Herald on May 6, 2014
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