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Eileen M Downing

February 1, 1921 February 28, 2016
Eileen M Downing
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Obituary for Eileen M Downing

PEORIA – Eileen M. Downing, 95, of Peoria passed away at 8:58 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Eileen was born on Feb. 1, 1921, in Peoria to the late Percy and Irene (Beimfohr) Wieland. She married Wayne F. “Bud” Downing on Sept. 9, 1939. He was killed in 1945 during World War II.

She was also preceded in death by three children, Gen. Wayne A. Downing, Marlianne Fortune, and Beth Hartnett; two sisters, Collette Vogel and Myrtle Kenning; and one brother, John Wieland.

She is survived by two sons-in-law, J. Michael Fortune and Terry Hartnett; seven grandchildren, Meagan (Rich) Jarecki, Monique (John) Wilharm, Mary Fortune, Daniel Hartnett, Theodore Hartnett, Elizabeth Downing, and Laura Downing; and seven great-grandchildren.

Eileen graduated from St. Patrick Grade School, Manual Training School, and Brown’s School of Business.

She worked for Risser and Company Insurance and Pearl insurance, where she worked as an insurance manager until her retirement in 1987.

Eileen’s family would like to thank her caregiver, Mary Cooley, and the staff at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home for all they did for her and her family.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2016, at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Father Thomas Taylor is officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to the General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans, OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, or St. Thomas the Apostle Food Pantry.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

6

Mar

5:00 PM 3/6/2016 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/6/2016 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

7

Mar

11:00 AM 3/7/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Visitation 30 minutes prior

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home

St. Thomas the Apostle Food Pantry

General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans

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