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Margaret Sarah Wikoff

February 4, 1925 May 8, 2021
Margaret Sarah Wikoff
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Peoria—Margaret Sarah Wikoff passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at home in Peoria surrounded by her family.

Margaret was born February 4, 1925, in Peoria, the daughter of Frank and Myrtle (Stever) Mounts. She married Virgil Mahieu on September 18, 1945. He preceded her in death on November 30, 1946. Margaret married John Wikoff on February 18, 1950. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1980. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert Mounts, her sons, Kevin and Danny Wikoff, her son-in-law, Todd Brooks and great-grandson, Henry Bastian.

Margaret was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Her greatest joy was when her family was gathered around her, especially on the dance floor. She was the most hospitable person we knew and all of her children’s friends were welcome in her home. She would tell us: “There is always room for one more at the table.” She loved attending all of the birthday parties, sporting events and holiday gatherings for her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Margaret was a faith filled woman who loved her Catholic faith and her parish on the southside of Peoria, St. Boniface and then St. Ann. She was well-known to hundreds of former students at St. Boniface, St. John and Southside Catholic schools through her service as school librarian from 1978-1999. She was a Hot Lunch volunteer at St. Boniface School and was active in various roles with the St. Boniface Ladies Club. At St. Ann’s Parish, Margaret was an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, sang in the church choir and served as the pro-life representative for many years. She was also the volunteer coordinator for funeral meals in the parish since 1988. A crowning achievement for Margaret was when she was awarded the Pere Marquette Medal by Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C. on November 19, 2006. The Pere Marquette Medal was instituted to recognize individuals for their selfless contributions to the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Peoria.

Margaret is survived by her children: Virginia Mahieu (Dan) Windsor, Kathy (Bill) Backes, John (Eileen) Wikoff, Mike (Joanne) Wikoff, Geri (Tony) Kegley, Mary (Jim) Stecher, Billy (Holly) Wikoff, Jimmy (Tina) Wikoff and Misty Brooks. Her grandchildren: Shannon (Matt) Cutler, Heather (Andrew) Burns, Megan (Brad) Argetsinger, Kristi (Mike) Swank, Michael Backes, Kara (Jeremy) Livengood, Haley (Erin) Wikoff, Sara (Chad) Gilpin, Justin (Theresa) Kegley, Katelyn Kegley, Steven (Jess) Stecher, Patrick and Brandon Wikoff, Kaci Hauck, Callie and Taylor Bahnfleth, Derek (Ashley) Roberts, Billy Bahnfleth, Nicole and Kristin Wikoff, Blake (Lyndsay) Brooks, Leah (Sam) Mangieri, Jena and Kyle Brooks, Brian (Casey) Wikoff, Troy Wikoff, Josh (Abby) Wikoff, Kelsey (A.J.) Bastian. Her great-grandchildren: Caroline, Michael, Nicholas Cutler; Luke, Kate, Drew Burns; Quinn, Jack, Caden, Layla, Hudson Argentsinger; Josh (Ashley) Swank; Jacob (Brooklyn) Swank; Jane and Jill Swank; Will and Niko Backes; Jack and Margaret (Maisy) Livengood; Meyer Wikoff; Alexis Kegley; Zachary Johnson; Nicholas, Makayla, Quentin Gilpin; Riley, Cooper, Colton Kegley; Mira, Noelle, Lilah Stecher; Kinsley Wikoff; Wally Bastian; Carter, Carson, Canaan, Candice Wikoff; Lillian, Mary, Samuel Mangieri; Josephine Brooks. Her great-great grandchild: Tinley Swank; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews from the Wikoff, Mahieu and Mounts families.

Visitation for Margaret will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 3:00—7:00pm at St. Ann Catholic Church. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:00am at St. Ann Catholic Church, with an additional visitation being held one hour prior to mass. Fr. Jeremy Freehill will officiate and burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, West Peoria.
The Wikoff family would like to thank the staff of Morningside in Washington; VITAS Hospice group; Gloria Khoury and Emily Daw, (caregivers); and the Nurses Caring for People staff for their tender, loving care of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Margaret’s memory may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

12

May

3:00 PM 5/12/2021 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/12/2021 7:00:00 PM
St. Ann Catholic Church

1010 S Louisa St
Peoria, IL 61605

St. Ann Catholic Church
1010 S Louisa St Peoria 61605 IL
United States

Visitation

Thursday

13

May

10:00 AM 5/13/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/13/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Ann Catholic Church

1010 S Louisa St
Peoria, IL 61605

St. Ann Catholic Church
1010 S Louisa St Peoria 61605 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Thursday

13

May

11:00 AM 5/13/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Ann Catholic Church

1010 S Louisa St
Peoria, IL 61605

St. Ann Catholic Church
1010 S Louisa St Peoria 61605 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

421 N. Sterling Ave
West Peoria, IL 61604

421 N. Sterling Ave West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Ann Catholic Church

1010 S Louisa St
Peoria, IL 61605
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