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Mary Kay Amberg

June 29, 1924 February 16, 2019
Mary Kay Amberg
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Obituary for Mary Kay Amberg

Peoria- Mary Catherine “Mary Kay” Amberg, age 94, of Peoria, passed away at 6:55 AM on February, 16, 2019 at Christian Buehler Home surrounded by her family.

She was the fourth child born to Louis and Anne Rossman Semlow on June 29, 1924. After graduating from Academy of Our Lady she attended Bradley University where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She later graduated from Mundelein College. After he returned from the Navy in World War II, Mary Kay married Louis E. Amberg, Jr. on June 22, 1946. He preceded her in death in 2009. After their marriage she worked as a dietician in South Bend as Lou completed his education at Notre Dame.

Mary Kay was a homemaker who enjoyed family trips, get-togethers and other activities, especially during the holidays. Almost every Sunday night there was family dinner in the Amberg home and later in the homes of her children and grandchildren. She loved to play bridge, other card games and read novels. She was involved in the community serving on the boards of the Peoria Civic Ballet, the Catholic Women’s League and other organizations. She was a member of Mt. Hawley Country Club and the Creve Coeur Club. She became a parishioner of St. Philomena Church in 1956.

Survivors include four children: Marianne “Mimi” (Lester) Chernick of Lakeland, FL; Laura (Rex) Linder of Peoria; Louis (Cynthia) Amberg, III of Groveland, MA; and Richard (Stacey) Amberg of Peoria. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Max (Renee) Chernick; Molly Chernick; Jamie Linder; Stacie (Mark) Hansen; Louis Amberg, IV; Henry Amberg; Harold Amberg; Amanda (Andy) Chambers; Taylor Amberg; Stephanie Amberg; as well as six great-grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by brother Donald Semlow and sisters, Emma Reed and Phyllis Miller, as well as grandson, Mark Linder.

The family would like to thank the compassionate, loving and professional care Mary Kay received from all the employees at the Christian Buehler Memorial Home. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at St. Philomena Catholic Church with recitation of the rosary at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Philomena Catholic Church with visitation being held one hour prior to mass. Father David Richardson will officiate and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials in Mary Kay’s memory may be made to The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind or Charity of the donor’s choosing.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

19

Feb

4:00 PM 2/19/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/19/2019 7:00:00 PM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7:00 PM

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

20

Feb

9:30 AM 2/20/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 2/20/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Wednesday

20

Feb

10:30 AM 2/20/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 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

The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind

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