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Mary L. Van Norman

May 11, 1944 October 5, 2021
Mary L. Van Norman
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Obituary for Mary L. Van Norman

Mary L. Van Norman, 77, of Peoria, IL, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at her residence after a year of challenging health issues.
She was born May 11, 1944, in Peoria, IL to Donald E. and Lucille (Dunne) Rogy. She was the 3rd of 7 children and cherished being part of a large family. She married Dick Van Norman on September 28, 1963, he survives. They celebrated their 58th Wedding Anniversary one week before her passing by having dinner at home with their daughter, while FaceTiming with their son, daughter-in-law and grandkids.
Family members celebrating Mary’s life and remembering her with love are: her daughter, Lynn Van Norman of Peoria, IL; her son, Rich (Kellie) Van Norman of Lees Summit, MO; her grandchildren, Olivia, Isabella and Alex Van Norman, of Lees Summit, MO; and her sister, Sue (RB) Brenenstall of Peoria, IL. She was also the proud aunt of 22 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers; Gene, Dick and Tom Rogy and sisters; Kathy Armato and Julie Linne.
She graduated from Academy of Our Lady in 1962 and was still close with members of her “spread,” the DEBS. She continued these friendships for over 60 years getting together with a group of 7 to celebrate birthdays, frequently attended mass together and then met for breakfast. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, IL. She was a longtime season ticket holder of Bradley University’s Men’s Basketball and a member of the Braves Club.
Mary loved kids! She started Kidsmobile Child Transportation Service before opening Mary’s Little Lambs In-Home Daycare, which she lovingly operated for 22 years, and was known as Mimi by so many. She touched and shaped countless lives! This is evident by numerous condolence notes by past Day-Care families, expressing the love she and Papa Dick gave to their children.
Mary was very close with her children. Lynn and Rich have a lifetime of wonderful memories of having her as their mom and knew there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them. She was an active and supportive mom for both of them and was so proud of their accomplishments in life. Mary shared her love of Brighton Jewelry with Lynn, and her passion for sports with Rich.
She was an avid gardener, which she learned from her mother-in-law, Lucille Van Norman. Mary passed this on by sharing her gardening skills with her daughter-in-law, Kellie. She was also known for her delicious baking talents, especially her pies and pumpkin bread! She was overjoyed to bake with her oldest granddaughter, Olivia.
Our hearts are so terribly sad. Whether known as Mary, Mom or Mimi, she will be missed deeply. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing (an organization that helps veterans and their widows with yardwork), Paws Giving Independence or TLC Fosters (the Rescue her grand kitties, Blu and Violet, came from in May).
In an abundance of caution for her husband, a celebration of her remarkable life will be held at a later date. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto


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