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Mary C. Meismer

March 21, 1919 August 14, 2007
Mary C. Meismer
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EAST PEORIA-Mary C. Meismer, 88 of Manor Care at Riverview in East Peoria passed away at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born March 21, 1919 in Peoria to John and Florence James Sutcliffe. She married Ralph H. Meismer on May 10, 1941 in Peoria. He passed away on May 21, 2001 in Peoria. Surviving are one daughter, Marjorie Meismer of East Peoria; three sons, Jerry (Sue) Meismer of West Peoria, IL, Father Paul Meismer of Spring Valley, IL and Kevin (Melanie) Meismer of Germantown Hills, IL; five grandchildren, Charles (Suzie), Matthew, Anthony and Timothy Meismer and Kristin (Tom) Fahey; five great-grandchildren, Samantha, Mara and Peter Meismer and Meredith and Tommy Fahey. She was a former member of St. Mary’s Church in Metamora where she served as the President of the Altar and Rosary Society, President of the Parent-Teachers’ Association. She and her husband were the representative couple for the Christian Family Movement in their area. Some of the other organizations to which she belonged or served as officer, include, Peoria Book Club, Peoria Symphony Guild, on the Speaker’s Bureau for the Peoria Association of Commerce, published author and President and member of the Peoria Poetry Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Vice-President of the Regional Illinois Women Leaders for Traffic Safety, Committee member of Public Education Committee for the Illinois Valley Mental Health Association, 15 year member of the Advisory Board of Nursing Services for the Red Cross, member of Women in Community Service’s National Board and President of AARP Peoria Chapter. Church organizations to which Mrs. Meismer belonged or served as officer, include, charter member of the Seminary Aid Society, Daughters of Isabella, Treasurer for the Legion of Mary, President of the Catholic Women’s League, Ladies of Columbus, coordinator for the Church Administration Committee and member of the Preparatory Commission for Synod VI in our Diocese, served on Peoria Diocesan Conciliation and Arbitration Council for 10 years, Chair of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and member of the Executive Committee of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, served on the Administrative Board of the Illinois Council of Churches and member of the Bishops’ Advisory Council. For the Council of Catholic Women, Mrs. Meismer has been President of the Peoria Deanery, President of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Chicago Province Director from 1973-1976, Organization and Services Chairman for the National Council of Catholic Women, President and 2nd Vice-President for the National Council of Catholic Women and Voting Delegate from the United States to the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization. She was a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church in East Peoria where a funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday with Rev. Ken Marchulones and Rev. Paul Meismer officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria. Additional visitation will be 30 minutes before the mass at church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Metamora. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Resource Center in Peoria. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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