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Mary Jane Coogan

February 1, 1925 January 18, 2009
Mary Jane Coogan
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Obituary for Mary Jane Coogan

PEORIA-Mary Jane Coogan, 83, of the Resurrection Retirement Community on Peterson Ave. in Chicago and formerly of Peoria, passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago after losing her battle with cancer. She was born on February 1, 1925 in Bloomington, IL to Paul M. and Elizabeth Shields Coogan. She is survived by three brothers, James Coogan of Peoria, Dr. Philip (Joan) Coogan of Franklin, TN and Paul (Joanne) Coogan of Peoria; one sister, Catherine (Robert) Ward of Bowling Green, KY and twenty-three nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Coogan Wombacher and Virginia Crouse. Mary Jane earned her PhD in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Masters from S.L.U and Bachelors from Clarke College. She retired after teaching for more than 30 years at Wells and Lane Tech High Schools in Chicago. She also retired from working in the baby department at the downtown Marshall Field’s Store. Of herself, Mary Jane said simply in the family history, The Coogan Croinic, “I am an English Teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, where I have been since 1954. I am thankful for the many good things I have had in my life and hope that I can, in a small way, repay kindnesses I have received, by passing them along to others.” Mary Jane loved when her nieces and nephews and their children would visit her at Marshall Fields and she could shower them with clothes, lunch and her own special kindness. She loved her extended family and set an example of unconditional love that will serve as her legacy. A Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2009 at St. Vincent de Paul Church with Rev. Dustin Schultz officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the mass at the church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to The Sinsinawa Dominicans in Wisconsin. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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