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Martha Mary Cosgrove

December 9, 1915 May 18, 2006
Martha Mary Cosgrove
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EAST PEORIA-Martha Mary Cosgrove (Dvorak), 90 of East Peoria, died at 3:10 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2006 at the home of her nephew and niece, Mr. & Mrs. David A. (Patty) Dvorak in East Peoria with whom she lived. Born on December 9, 1915 in McHenry County to John A. and Mary Hryz Dvorak. She was the beloved spouse of Michael J. Cosgrove, whom she married on May 22, 1965 in Peoria. He died on November 5, 1994 in Morton. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Klement (Catherine) Dvorak and Jerome Dvorak and her nephew, Phillip Dvorak. She is survived by her sister, Rose Alice ( Werner) Richter of Pineville, NC; her nephews and nieces, David (Patricia) Dvorak, Richard (Patty), Edward (Debbie), Roger and Barbara Richter; her grandnephews and grandnieces, Trischa (Bruce) Lanum, Ericka, Nathan (Crystal), Adam, Maria and Merideth Dvorak, Amy (David) Fischer, Brian (Adriane) Stephanie, Pamela and Kelli Richter; her step-nieces, Sister Molly and Susan Langton; and by numerous great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. She was a long-time, faithful member of Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria, where she had served and been active in various ministries since she had been a young woman, including membership in the choir and altar guild. She was knowledgeable about the history of the Church and organized the tours of the Cathedral and for years was a tour guide at the Cathedral. She loved her church, which she had attended regularly and her family, for whom she prayed daily. She was well known for her volunteer work at St. Augustine Manor and for organizing and directing bus tours which visited all the States of the continental U.S.A. and Canada. She was awarded the “PRO ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICE” Medal by Pope John Paul on July 24, 2000, for her service to the Church, which was formally presented to her by Bishop John Meyers. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an alumnus of Dundee High School and Browns Business College in Peoria, Illinois. She had been employed for years at the Catholic Charities in Peoria until her retirement. Prior to that she had been employed as a bookkeeper at Muller Produce in Peoria. She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception where a Funeral Mass will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday with Rev. Brian K. Brownsey officiating. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cathedral. Cremation rites will be accorded. Wright & Salmon Mortuary in charge of arrangements. Private graveside for burial of ashes will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria at a later date. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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