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Cecelia McCann

December 24, 1919 October 19, 2019
Cecelia McCann
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Obituary for Cecelia McCann

Cecelia (Farris) McCann, age 99 and formerly of Peoria, Illinois passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Snyder Village in Metamora, Illinois.

Cecelia, known lovingly as “Aunt Cel,” “Cecel” or “CeCe” was born in Peoria, Illinois on December 24, 1919. She was one of six children of Joseph and Rose (Rafool) Farris who immigrated to this country from Itoo, Lebanon. Cecelia graduated from Manual High School in 1938 and shortly thereafter went to work in the office at Caterpillar Tractor Company. She retired in 1974 with 30 years of service in data processing where she enjoyed her work and many friendships.

She married James “Jim” McCann, on June 20, 1981 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria. They enjoyed traveling and dancing at the YMCA Quadrant Club and Hub Ballroom. Jim passed away September 20, 2005.

Cecelia was a very independent and resourceful woman. She maintained her own home and enjoyed doing everything from yardwork and flower gardening to sewing and baking. She was a devoted and lifelong caregiver for her mother and lovingly cared for her husband throughout his later years. She took pride in living on her own until she was 97 years old. She was a resident of Snyder Village for the past 2 years. While there she enjoyed listening to music, singing, playing bingo and going on field trips.

Cecelia was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Freda (Edward) Peters, Fred (Martha) Farris, Peter (Beulah) Farris, Mary (George) LaHood, Catherine (Oscar) Boehl, her stepsons Jim McCann, Jr. and Richard “Dick” McCann, and nephew Gene Farris.

Survivors include one stepson Dennis (Cindy) McCann, stepdaughter-in-law, Sharon McCann and several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Edward Peters, Jr., Charles Farris, Diane Knutson, Janet (Joe) Monari, Marilyn (Larry) Thompson, Patricia Royer (Randy Peters), Nancy (Rick) Wood, Tom (Joy) Boehl, Jim (Teresa) Boehl and Susan (Gary) Sweet.

She was a lifelong member of St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria where a Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:30 am. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at 9:30 am. Fr. David Richardson will officiate and entombment will follow at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.

Memorials in her name may be made to Neighborhood House of Peoria or Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

24

Oct

9:30 AM 10/24/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 10/24/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Thursday

24

Oct

10:30 AM 10/24/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Neighborhood House Peoria

1020 S Matthew St,
Peoria, IL 61605

Catholic Charities

2900 W Heading Ave F
West Peoria, IL 61604
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