Marie L. Foster
1924 - 2021
Marie L. Foster
PEORIA - Marie Louise (Strehlow) Foster, 96, of Peoria died peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2021, with her loving children by her side.
She was born on June 16, 1924, in Peoria, IL, to Gladys and Paul Valentine Strehlow.
Marie graduated from Peoria High School in 1942 and the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1946. She married William "Bill" Foster on August 21, 1948, and they were together for 66 years until his death in 2014.
Marie was predeceased by her parents, husband and sisters, Anne Vance and Gladys "Sis" Hallett.
She is survived by her brother, Paul "Bro" Valentine Strehlow of Evanston; her daughter, Marcia (Rhea) Taylor of Peoria; son, Michael (Wendy) Foster of Downers Grove; grandchildren, Rhea (Patrick Bonnet) Taylor II, Ryan Foster, Kimberly Marie Foster Xu (Kevin) and Zachary Foster; great-grandchildren, Hunter Bonnet-Taylor, Harper Bonnet-Taylor and Leo Foster Xu; and nieces and nephews.
Marie spent much of her life in Peoria. She was a member of P.E.O. and she worked at Bradley University in the Alumnae Records/Public Relations Department for approximately 10 years. She was very involved in and dedicated to First Presbyterian Church in Peoria. Marie and Bill moved to Table Grove, IL, in 1982, remaining there until 2006, when they returned permanently to Peoria. Marie lived at Independence Village in Peoria from 2006 to 2018, then moving to Apostolic Christian Skylines, where she'd been residing at the time of her death. Marie was always very grateful for the dear friends she made at both Independence Village and Apostolic Christian Skylines and for the wonderful, loving care she received from all staff members at both. Marie's family is extremely appreciative of the care and comfort provided by all of the employees at both communities and the team from OSF Hospice.
Marie was much beloved for her innate kindness, gentleness, compassion, humility, respect and patience and was greatly admired for her strong faith. She was extraordinarily smart and funny and had a reputation for being a "true lady." Marie's friends and family adored her and know they are blessed for having had her touch their lives. The employees at Independence Village and Apostolic Christian Skylines revered her and talked about the honor of caring for her.
Marie's inurnment in Harris Cemetery in Table Grove will be private. A celebration of Marie's extraordinary life will be held during her birth month of June.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Apostolic Christian Skylines Employee Appreciation Fund or any charity of preference will be gratefully accepted. Apostolic Christian Skylines Employee Appreciation Fund is at 7023 NE Skyline Drive, Peoria, IL 61614. Fond memories and/or messages of condolence can be sent to 5735 N. Rosemead, Peoria, IL 61614.
Published by Peoria Journal Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2021.
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A beautiful tribute to my much beloved Aunt Marie.
Vicki Marie
March 8, 2021
Randy, Greg, Marge and Allen Upton all had many fond memories of our family friendship with Marie and Bill.
Many a Sunday Morning Baseball game with our brother Gary as a catcher. Lots of gatherings in our homes and many laughs over the years. What a wonderful friend to Marge and helpful caretaker with Randy.
Randal Upton
March 2, 2021
Marcia and family: I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing like a mother's love. I never met your mother but she sounds like such a kind person. Cherish all of the memories with her and may our Lord wrap his arms around you and your family and may you feel is love and comfort.
Joy Mason
March 2, 2021
My sincere condolences to Marie's family. I met her at Independence Village when my mother and my father in law lived there. She was friendly and kind to everyone. There was a peacefulness about her that made you want to be around her. She was truly a loving and kind person.
Richard Gilmore
March 2, 2021
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