Mary Gottschalk
1937 - 2020
Mary Gottschalk
PEORIA - Mary Eugenia Gottschalk, age 83, of Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, in Peoria with her loving husband at her side.
Mary was born in Peoria on June 18, 1937 to John and Harriet (Myers) McHenry. She attended Peoria High School and graduated from Bradley University in 1959 with an English degree. On January 24, 1959, at her parents' home, she married the love of her life, Terry Gottschalk. Although a life-long Peoria resident, over the past 20 years Mary and Terry also enjoyed spending time in Denton, Texas.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Mary enjoyed her involvement in the Daughters of the American Revolution, P.E.O. Chapter R, Current Events Club, Thursday Afternoon Book Club, and the First United Methodist Church of Peoria, Illinois and Denton, Texas. Mary served as a volunteer at the Methodist Medical Center Gift Shop and she and Terry often volunteered to deliver meals for the Denton County Meals on Wheels.
Mary is survived, and missed dearly, by her husband Terry, her son James Gottschalk and his wife Karen (Sikora) of St. Louis, Missouri, her daughter Laura Volk of Argyle, Texas, her grandson Jonathan Gottschalk and his wife Kaylee (Estes) of St. Louis, Missouri, her granddaughter Emily Volk of Alexandria, Virginia, and by countless friends.
Per Mary's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary's name may be made to Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PAWS), 2600 NE Perry Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603,
Published by Peoria Journal Star from Sep. 4 to Sep. 6, 2020.
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Terry we are so sorry to hear this. We just found out. She was such a sweet lady. Praying for you and your family. Hope you are staying safe and healthy. Love, Kim, Brian and Dylan Punke
Kim Punke
December 23, 2020
Terry we are so sorry to hear this. We just found out. She was such a sweet lady. You are in our prayers and hope you are staying safe and healthy. Love Kim, Brian and Dylan Punke
Kim Punke
December 23, 2020
Terry, Boyd Page told me about Mary's passing today. I am very sorry to hear the news.
Gary Wagner
October 28, 2020
Terry and family, I am sorry for your loss.
Cathy Carlson Schultz
September 8, 2020
Dear Terry and family, We were so very shocked and saddened to hear of Gina's passing when Mary Ellen called us. We thought Gina was a wonderful person, and we cared about her so very, very much. Roby says "she was the kind of person who made you feel she was genuinely happy to see you which made you genuinely happy to see her." We are so sorry we cannot see all of you in person and give each of you our sincere and loving condolences and huge hugs. We must stay in touch with one another. Love, Roby and Marlene
Robert and Marlene Dawe
September 7, 2020
My husband and I were Denton friends with Terry and Mary. I knew she was seriously ill, but I didn’t realize how near death she was. I am shocked and deeply saddened by this news.
The four of us would enjoy dinner and a movie frequently while they were in Denton. I awaited her humorous comments and shrewd insight into the movies we saw. She had a truly amusing sense of humor. Her sweet soul expressed itself in her compassion for the oppressed as noted in the service she gave to charitable organizations. She adored her black “kitty” that wandered up to her home where he found a caring “mom.”
She was just a dear person interested in everyone she met. She was optimistic and encouraging to all, quite a legacy to leave behind.
Shirley Gambrell
September 6, 2020
There are no words to express my sorrow over Mary's passing. She was truly a remarkable woman and mother.
Mary Sikora
September 6, 2020
So sorry to hear about your Mom, Laura. She was a great hostess every time I came over...Great memories ! Praying for comfort for the family.
Linda Seelye Egle
Linda Egle
September 6, 2020
Dear Terry. I send you and your family my sincere condolences. I remember you both so well, but as life is we lose contact with old friends and make new friends. I lost Patty last year in July. I’m living in Florida, having moved here in 2013 to be close to her family. I send you my blessings.
Dick Casper
September 5, 2020
Terry, I send my sympathy on Mary’s passing. We had lost touch but I have good memories of both of you & her parents. May your memories sustain you.
JoAnne Temple
September 5, 2020
I am so sorry to read that Mary has passed away. My condolences to Terry and the rest of the family. Mary and I went to high school together and I remember coming to your house when we had little ones. She was a great gal, am so sorry. Donna Scherff Fetcho
Donna Fetcho
September 5, 2020
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