Margaret "Peggy" (Hoecker) Flynn(1924 - 2018)

Margaret "Peggy" Flynn, 94, of Jacksonville died peacefully at home Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Jacksonville.

She was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Carlinville, the daughter of John and Mary Gorman Hoecker. She married Vincent Flynn on Oct. 7, 1946, in Jacksonville, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 1983.

Peggy is survived by four daughters, Linda (Dick) Tuschinski of Jacksonville, Florida, Mary Jo (Roger) Llewellyn of Phoenix, Arizona, Peggy (Skip) Bradshaw of Jacksonville, and Rita (Neil) Rossi of Jacksonville; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her husband's two surviving sisters, Noreen (Al) Taylor of Concord and Marguerite (Susie) Bennett of Mattoon. She was preceded in death by four children, Terry Flynn, Marjorie Devlin, Nancy McClung and Elaine Cooper; two sisters, Rosalind Mosher and Jean Cantor; and three brothers, Jack Hoecker, Maurice Hoecker and William Hoecker (surviving wife, Marguerite of Springfield.)

Peggy grew up on the Routt farm south of town, which she lovingly referred to as "the home place". She was a graduate of Our Saviour School (named St. Patrick's at the time), Routt Catholic High School and Brown's Business College. She was employed as a secretary in the Bellatti law offices until the birth of their first child. Peggy then became a full-time farm wife devoted to Vince, their seven daughters and one son, and the land. She taught her children by example the value of faith, family, friends and work.

Above all, Peggy loved the Lord. She was a lifetime active member of Church of Our Saviour and its Altar Society. In her early years, Peggy often volunteered at the school and helped with wedding receptions, cleaning the church, mending altar cloths and garments, and hosting bingo parties at local nursing and boarding homes. She became widowed after 38 years of marriage and began to fill her days as a volunteer at the Prairie Council on Aging, Passavant Hospital, Jacksonville Developmental Center, the Morgan County Fair Auxiliary Board, The Salvation Army Auxiliary, and sewing quilts. Her passion for sewing quilts resulted in more than 3,000 quilts being distributed to the needy and homeless as far away as Honduras, Haiti, Romania and Egypt. Peggy was honored in 1990 to receive the Hocking Award for senior volunteers from then-Mayor Ron Tendick. In 1992 she received the Homemaker of the Year award from the Morgan County Homemakers Extension Association. Peggy was always willing to give her time and resources to assist others.

In the early years, Peggy enjoyed traveling, visiting almost every state and a few foreign countries. Later in life she enjoyed time spent with her friends at Cedarhurst Assisted Living. She always preferred reading over watching TV or using any type of technology. She managed her farm land until her death.

Above all she cherished her family, who will miss her sorely but take comfort in knowing she now is reunited with the love of her life and her other four children.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Following a 3:45 p.m. Thursday prayer service, the family will meet friends until 7 p.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Routt Catholic High School or The Salvation Army Auxiliary. Condolences may be left online at

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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Nov. 27, 2018