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Marilyn A. Joseph

July 13, 1945 November 30, 2015
Marilyn A. Joseph
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PEORIA Marilyn Agnes Joseph, 70, of Peoria passed away at 10:24 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.
Marilyn was born on July 13, 1945, in Peoria to Peter and Martha (Maroon) Joseph. They preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Bernard Joseph.
She is survived by two daughters, Shelly (Gabriel) Jackson of Champaign and Jenny Austin of Burlington, Iowa; four grandchildren, Claire and Parker Jackson and Louis and Autumn Edwards; one sister, Marie Joseph-Ketcham of Peoria; one brother, Peter (Kathy) Joseph II of Peoria; three nieces, Kristine Ketcham, Diana Ketcham-Smith, and Sara Joseph; four nephews, Sean and Ross Ketcham and Gregory and John Joseph; and sister-in-law, Kay Joseph. She was also Auntie M to 12 great-nieces and nephews.
Marilyn attended St. Mark Grade School and Academy of Our Lady in Peoria. She attended college at Ottumwa Heights Catholic Junior College in Ottumwa, Iowa, and graduated from Bradley University in Peoria.
She devoted her life to Catholic education, working at various Catholic Schools for 34 years, retiring in 1999. She was a teacher at South Side Consolidated Catholic Schools in Peoria from 1966-78, principal at St. Anne School in East Moline from 1978-84, administrator at Holy Cross School in Champaign from 1984-94, Notre Dame Middle School in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., from 1994-97, and St. Mary and Holy Rosary Schools in Durand, Wisc., in 1997, and regional administrator of schools for the Catholic Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisc., from 1998-99. She received the National Distinguished Principal Award (Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana) in 1989.
Marilyn was a former board member of the South Side Office of Concern and was a proud member of the ITOO Society. She volunteered as a grant writer to benefit many local organizations from 1979 until her passing and authored four published books. Additionally, she raised 13 foster children.
She was dedicated to her parish of Holy Family. All of Marilyns actions throughout her entire life were centered around her Catholic faith.
A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at Holy Family Catholic Church. Franciscan Friars will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Wright Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ITOO Society Memorial Fund or to Holy Family Catholic Church.
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